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Summer Internships: Taylor Dempsey

Ferris State University students gain valuable work experience through internships. Internships also can confirm or redirect career decision-making, provide marketability, develop people skills and enhance classroom learning. Many academic programs require one, but the experience is encouraged regardless to provide students with a better understanding of what will be expected of them in the workplace.

Many students are participating in myriad internships this summer. Meet:

Ferris State UniversityTaylor Dempsey

She is: a Senior from Jackson, Mich., studying Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications. Taylor also has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Graphic Design, from Ferris.

Her Internship: Taylor is continuing a relationship with Consumers Energy, which began as a participant in the “Options” program, which is offered to Jackson-area high school sophomores. This year, she is working in the Corporate Giving area, and serving as a coordinator on the Intern Challenge project. “It’s a volunteer opportunity, where groups of interns compete against one another, presenting their efforts to a panel of judges from Consumers’ staff.”

Advice for Other Students Regarding Internships: “Get to know about the company you’re working for, and the people in the business. Try and determine if this is the company you could be working for in the future. Also, understand that the company believes in you, since they chose you for an internship, so you should believe in yourself, and your abilities.”

Other Groups Taylor is Involved With at Ferris: She is part of the American Marketing Association registered student organization, heading into her second year. Taylor is also in the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.

The Ferris Core Value Taylor Relates to: Opportunity. “No matter if it’s volunteering, joining more groups on campus, new projects at work, I just love having more experiences and opportunities to grow as a person. As a junior, I was still joining new RSOs, I was on homecoming court, and I tried to be there for my sorority sisters as much as possible. In the office, I’m always looking to learn new things, getting the opportunity to shadow people, and asking to go to new sites/places to see other aspects of the job.”