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Summer Internships: Karl Ludwig

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:

Karl LudwigKarl Ludwig

He is: entering his senior year in the Welding Engineering Technology program. Karl is from Anoka, Minnesota.

His Internship: was with Chart Industries in New Prague, Minnesota. “Technically, I gained experience with ASME pressure vessel welding code, non-destructive testing methods, and managing welding processes. In addition to technical learning, I have grown my understanding of the work and perspectives of engineers and upper management. Having worked as a welder for several years myself, I already had an appreciation for welder’s perspectives (though I certainly grew in that area as well).”

Future Plans: “I plan to advance my knowledge and abilities in welding as I use them to advance the industry and others in it. This internship has helped me to grow my perspective on managing welding systems and the people who make them work. To me, management is not primarily about having power (though it is necessary). Rather, management is primarily about empowering the people underneath that authority. Professionally, this internship has helped me identify practical ways to do this, such as making tools, training, and communication accessible and usable for workers and managers alike.”

Karl’s Advice For Students Seeking Internships: “I believe you should be diligent and humble. From the start of your search for an internship, to your last day on the job and at every task in between, these virtues are crucial. When looking for an internship, be diligent and follow up on opportunities; reach out to companies that do not have an internship posted but do work relevant to your discipline. Be humble and consider options that you don’t think you will like, or you think are below you. On the job, be diligent in every task. Learn how things work and look for the next step that you can help with. Be humble, workers (such as engineers, welders, fitters etc.) with years of experience will know processes better than you do. Ask them for their thoughts and put yourself in their shoes. Look for the best answer regardless of where it comes from or who gets credit.”

Campus Involvement: “The American Welding Society’s (AWS) student chapter provides excellent opportunities for students. From industry education to volunteering events, the AWS is a great organization for welding students to build their skills and help in their community.”