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Summer Internships: Monica Vandenberg

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:

Monica Vandenberg

She is: a senior from Hudsonville, studying Operations and Supply Management.

What she Learned on her Internship: A focus on lean supply management. “At Gentex, we were trying to eliminate any of the seven forms of waste, and attempting to create a savings. I spent a lot of time on different projects, learning how to find the root cause of a problem.”

Future Plans: “I loved my experience at Gentex. I hope to use what I have learned to help attain my future career goals, and that could include working for Gentex after I graduate.”

Other Groups at Ferris: Monica is the secretary of the Operations and Supply Chain Management Association, a new Ferris registered student organization. She is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Ferris Core Values Monica Relates to: Opportunity as “I love taking leaps, or chances, and seeing where I end up.” Also, Excellence, “as I always strive to do my best, whether it is on the job or in class.”

Making a Difference in her Internship: Monica put in extra work over various shifts, to see the effect that each project presents. “We converted a holding area of a warehouse, which reduced the amount of material on the production floor. It level the workload for schedulers and material handlers.”