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: Connor Ivens
He is: Connor is a graduated senior in the Information Security and Intelligence program from Newaygo, Mich.
Internship: Connor is an intern with Spectrum Health. Spectrum Health is a non-profit health system out of West Michigan.
What he is learning: This internship has taught him a lot about Reverse Malware Engineering. He has a project with other interns where he configures Malware Analysis Boxes. Ivens has also done independent projects to develop metrics and statistics for the instant response team, which will eventually put in a vulnerability report. Ambition has been a big part of his internship, he has put a lot of time into his degree and his internship. He has taken a “if you want it, go get it” attitude towards the internship. Opportunity has been something that he got a lot within Spectrum Health. The opportunity is there, and he has grabbed it and taken full advantage of it.
His future plans: He has accepted a full-time position within Spectrum Health and plans to stay there.