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Summer Internships: Bryan Salinas

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 UniversityBryan Salinas

He is: a senior from Holland, studying Marketing with a concentration in Sports. Bryan's internship is at the headquarters of the Steelcase Corporation, in Grand Rapids.

About Bryan's Internship: "I have been interning in the Order Fulfillment department. I have learned how a big company like Steelcase has reacted to a most unexpected pandemic. I have made a difference by assisting them with processing any order changes that dealers or customers may have. This can be a change in the delivery date, change in quantity, specification, delivery address, etc. We also notify dealers if their orders will not make it out on time and resolve various customer complaints. "

How Ferris Helped Bryan Get The Internship: The Center for Latin@ Studies introduced me to an initiative through the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, called 'Building Bridges Through Education.' They were able to coach me and assist my professional development."

Previous Internship Experience:" In the Summer of 2019, I had an opportunity as a Marketing and Entertainment Intern for the Lansing Ignite professional soccer team. In my time with them, I helped the team out with various tasks, including community outreach and engagement, promotions, sales, operations and more."

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Vice President for the Upsilon Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc.
  • Social Media for the Hispanic Student Organization
  • Community Service Chair for The United Greek Council
  • Mentor in the Promesa Scholars Program
  • Vice President for the Ferris State Men's Club Soccer team, and serve as a
  • Staff Member for Ferris State Athletics

Ferris Core Values Bryan Relates to: Diversity and community. "Being a person of color, I am aware there have been many racial injustices in our country, especially in the past few months. Because these situations are present, I am glad Ferris does a good job of protecting all its students and making them feel they are in a welcoming community."