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Summer Internships: Malorie Reno

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:

Malorie RenoMalorie Reno

She is: a fifth-year student from Bay City who is majoring in Hospitality Management.

Making a Difference at Her Internship: “I am learning many new professional skills and management styles. I am making a difference at my internship site Grand and Sugar Beach Resorts, as the manager in training, by sharing my ideas and incorporating the knowledge I have learned in the Hospitality program at Ferris.”

Was Ferris Helpful in Securing Your Internship? “I was able to find my opportunity through the Internship Fair that our amazing Hospitality professors have developed for us. During our internship week, I was able to connect with the general manager and managing partner of Grand and Sugar Beach Resorts, an alumnus of Ferris.”

Other Involvements on Campus: “I am very involved in the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. In my three years of being a part of this sisterhood I have held many leadership positions, such as director of special events, social chair, historian reporter/public relations, alumni relations chair, corresponding secretary, and serving as our chapter’s Big Event chair. I am also involved in the Ferris State Panhellenic Council, where I serve as the vice president of recruitment counselors. I am also a member of the Hospitality Management Student Association, where I hold the membership chair position, I previously had been professional outreach chair and Skitoberfest Chair.”

Advice for Fellow Students, Regarding Internships: “Always follow your heart when searching for an internship. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t feel pressured to accept the first one. I believe the right one for you will come to you, and you will know. When you are working, don’t treat it as just a job, stay engaged, even when you don’t think you are, you are always learning something new.”

Future Plans: “I hope to become a guest services manager or an event manager at a resort. After many years in the industry, my dream is to be a general manager of a resort or to own my own resort.”