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Summer Internships: Zachary Braunschneider

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 UniversityZachary Braunschneider

He is: a senior from Warren, studying Computer Information Technology. His internship is with the Honeywell Corporation.

Zachary's Internship: "I'm learning a lot about the different steps and skills to manage projects in the IT field. My internship is showing me how to organize and plan meetings and get feedback from stakeholders on certain aspects of the project, to make their outcome as efficient and user friendly as possible. 

How Ferris Helped Make This Happen: "I received this internship by talking with a Honeywell recruiter at last Fall's Ferris Job Fair. Before the job fair, I had only heard Honeywell's name and never really knew what the company did. From there, I was contacted by a recruiter working on the federal side, which lead to me getting this internship. I would not have had this opportunity without the resources provided by Ferris."

Future Plans: "My long-term plan is to become a IT project manager, to become certified as a Project Management Professional eventually, and get my MBA. This internship will hopefully lead into a job offer as a project lead. If that is not the case, I will still have received a great experience to work towards my plan and future endeavors."

Previous Internship Opportunities: "A year ago, I worked at the Detroit Institute of Art as a general IT intern. Then, this winter, I had the pleasure of working as an IT Operations intern for Tesla in Fremont, California."

Campus Involvements/Zachary's Fun Facts: "I am a member of the First Technology Professional RSO, the Leadership Distinction Program, and the Executive Mentorship Program. I can do a dang good Charleston in terms of weird talents, but on any other dance, I have two left feet.

I also have a weird ability to memorize music lyrics to a song. Like once for extra credit in my 9th grade Social Studies class I had to memorize Billy Joel's 'We Didn't Start the Fire,' so I listened to it three times the night before and sang it nearly perfectly the next day."