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:
He is: A senior from St. Johns, majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology.
His Internship: Is with Eckhart, an automation corporation with operations in several Michigan cities. “I am learning how to program PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers) for our Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and learning all the protocols we must follow to make these operational. I started working at Eckhart in 2019 because my brother referred me to the company. Previous graduates from Ferris State provided a paved path for me to be successful in the company. I have been with them for winter breaks and my summers since that time.”
Travis’ Advice To Students Seeking Internships: “Don’t be afraid to give your resume to employers. You never know what a company needs.”
Future Plans: “I have been told that Eckhart wants to hire me when I graduate in May 2023. My plans are to take the position once offered and work out of Lansing or Grand Rapids.”
More About Travis: “I participated in track and field at Ferris State for four years. Collegiate sports were a massive culture shock compared to high school, and I struggled to stay healthy. Overall, it was a great experience, and I love the friendships I made through the sport. Also, I have played guitar since 2018. I enjoy most genres of music and Guitar Hero heavily influenced me to pick it up and learn.”
Ferris Core Value Travis Relates to: Opportunity. “You can choose any of the core values, but if there is no opportunity, there is nothing else. I have found that with the other values, the opportunity will present itself.”