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Summer Internships: Sydney Ditlow

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 UniversitySydney Ditlow

She is: a senior from White Cloud, Mich., with an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, and is studying Finance.

Her Internship: Was with Quicken Loans in Detroit, working as a member of their default team. “We help the mortgagors work to save their house, whenever possible. In the event that we are unable to, we assist with helping them exit gracefully, or proceed with foreclosure.”

Future Plans: “I will be joining Quicken Loans as an origination operations specialist. It’s an entry-level position, but I hope to develop my abilities, and work to become an underwriter with the company, six months to a year after that.”

Advice for Other Students Seeking Internships: “Speak to anyone about your hopes, whether they are former interns, professors, or the internship coordinator for your college.”

Other Activities at Ferris: Though Sydney was not a member of Ferris Student Government, she ghas participated in their “Big Event” group, volunteering in the Big Rapids community.

Ferris Core Value Sydney Relates To: Collaboration. “I fight the impulse to tackle work independently. I believe working together fosters greater success, and this lends itself to collaboration in projects that are part of my coursework.”