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Summer Internships: Blake Burley

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 internships this summer. Meet:

Blake BurleyBlake Burley

He is: a Heavy Equipment Technology student, in the College of Engineering Technology, from Jenison. He is entering the second year of studies toward his Associate of Applied Science degree.

His Internship: Blake is working in the service department for Vermeer Midwest, in Marne, an equipment sales and rental outlet for agricultural and industrial construction needs.

What Blake is Learning: “I am gaining a great deal of hands-on experience in maintaining equipment, and how to be effective on the job.”

How Ferris was involved in his Internship: “My supervisor filled out a form detailing my internship requirements and other paperwork for Ferris. The university is staying in contact with me.”

Advice to Students Seeking Internships: “Be active in the pursuit of internship opportunities. Keep an open mind about where you might go, and don’t be afraid to develop more than one option.”

Future Plans: I hope this internship helps me build my skills in my field and leads to a career that I can grow in and pursue for the rest of my working days. This Vermeer location has just hired a recent graduate from Ferris’ HET program.”