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Summer Internships: Beau Idalski

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:

Beau IdalskiBeau Idalski

He is: a senior from Grand Ledge, in the College of Education and Human Services, studying Criminal Justice in the Law Enforcement track.

His Internship: Beau spent the summer with the Lansing Police Department. “I have been able to shadow officers in many different positions as well as getting to be involved in different hands-on training exercises. I have learned a lot about police work and how to effectively serve such a unique and diverse city as Lansing.”

Did the Criminal Justice Program Help You Secure Your Internship? “Yes. The Criminal Justice program at Ferris is unparalleled and has the respect of police agencies all around the country. There are many Ferris graduates that also work for the Lansing Police Department, including the retiring chief. The staff at Ferris also helped us prepare for our internships, so we could get a much out of the position as possible.”

Future Plans: “I would love to be able to transition this internship position into a career opportunity and come back to eventually work for the Lansing Police Department.”

Advice for other Students Seeking Internships: “Listen to the staff at Ferris when it comes to applying for internships. They all have your best interest in mind and want to see their students succeed. Also, Criminal Justice students might try to get an internship with agencies they are interested in possibly working for in the future.”

Other Involvements on Campus: “I am the vice president of Ferris’ Kappa Beta Rho chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, a member of the National Society for Colligate Scholars, and a member of the Ferris State Fishing Club.”

Ferris Core Value Beau Relates to: “Learning. I believe that there is an opportunity to learn from every experience. The more you learn from previous situations, the more prepared you will be for whatever life throws at you in the future.”