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Summer Internships: Alyssa Boes

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:

Alyssa BoesAlyssa Boes

She is: a College of Engineering Technology senior. Alyssa is from Grandville and is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Heavy Equipment Service Engineering Technology with a Minor in Fleet Management. 

Her Internship: is with Caterpillar, in Grand Rapids. “I am working in the service department for the heavy equipment side, learning how to process work orders, help customers and manage technicians. I have had lots of opportunities to job shadow many of the departments in this location as well.”

Was Ferris Involved in Helping Secure Your Internship? “I spoke to a MacAllister/Caterpillar HR representative in the fall at Ferris’ Career and Internship Fair. I kept in touch with that representative throughout the school year and got hired in the spring.”

Advice for Students Seeking Internships: “There are tons of opportunities in this field, and tons of companies that associate with Ferris and look for their students for interns. I would recommend keeping yourself open and trying as much as you can. As I am learning this summer, there are far more positions in a company beyond t the different levels of technicians. Don’t be afraid to try more.”