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Summer Internships: Tyrell Austin

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 UniversityTyrell Austin

He is: a fifth-year student in Applied Speech Communication, from Tawas, and is pursuing his minor in Marketing. Tyrell plans to graduate in May 2019.

His Internship: “I am the social media intern for Ferris’ Office of Admissions. I publish, manage and create content on a number of social media platforms (Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter). This kind of work means that I am focused on engaging published communications, versus face-to-face or verbal exchanges.”

Making a Difference through His Internship: “I feel I am giving our office a voice by working on being tech-savvy so we can attract our key audience by telling them about Ferris.”

How He Got the Internship: “I work as a Student Admissions Representative, and my boss, Jessica Davison, suggested that I could be helpful to our office by structuring this kind of communication.”

Tyrell’s Other Involvements on Campus: ;He is the founder of Ferris’ colony of Sigma Lambda Beta, which is the largest historically-Latino-based fraternity in the U.S. Tyrell also handles social media responsibilities for the Communications Department, is involved in the Interfraternity Council, Hispanic Student Organization, Order of Omega and Ferris State University Choir.

Future Plans: “With my Marketing minor, I am very aware of the growing importance of social media in communications. I believe what I am learning in terms of strategy will be extremely helpful to the positions I already have, or those that I may be interested in in the future.”