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Summer Internships: Reilly Bowen

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 UniversityReilly Bowen

He is: A junior from Commerce, Michigan (Oakland County,) studying Computer Information Systems.

His internship: Reilly spent his summer at the World Resource Center of Domino’s Pizza, in Ann Arbor.

What he Learned on his Internship: “I spent a lot of time creating a tool to help employees easily search through company metadata, this gave me a solid understanding of how different areas of the company use data. To build this tool, I had to conduct a tremendous number of meetings. There were several instances where people would get off topic, or even begin discussing things that I didn’t understand. I learned to keep the meeting focused so both parties benefit, as well as asking questions when I did not understand something. Every two weeks, I had to present a status report to our executive vice president for IT. He often gave me feedback and tips for taking something technical and explaining it to an executive. I also had to present my project to our CIO and CEO. It was difficult squeezing in all the necessary information into a seven-minute presentation, while making it easy to understand. Between the presentation and the status reports, I became much more comfortable presenting technical subjects to an audience who may not have a deep understanding of the topic.”

Future Plans: ”I plan on pursuing a second internship with Domino’s, either with the Information Security team or the data science team. Ultimately, I hope this internship leads to another IT position, within a growing international organization.”

Making a Difference in His Internship: “I created a tool that will be maintained and used throughout the company. From here on out, Domino’s team members have a more efficient method of learning about all the data within the organization.”

Advice for Students Seeking an Internship: “If you truly want an internship, apply to as many as possible. I made it my goal to apply to at least two a day until I got one. I sent my resume to 34 different companies before I finally landed one.”


PHOTO CAPTION: Reilly Bowen, a junior from Commerce, Michigan studying Computer Information Systems, spent his summer creating a metadata search tool at Domino’s Pizza’s World Resource Center, in Ann Arbor.