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: Leelan Nickisson:
He is: A senior from Big Rapids, Mich. studying Television and Digital Media Production.
Internship: Nickisson is completing his internship through University Advancement and Marketing division, of Ferris State University, as a digital video intern.
What he is learning: Nickisson is using quality equipment to work on Ferris-themed videos and clips. “I’m getting to use new equipment and cameras, experience working under deadlines, and really build up my skills, as well as giving me quality product for my professional portfolio,” Nickisson said.
What he is involved in: During his time at Ferris, Nickisson has studied abroad in Germany and Austria participated in six shows with the Ferris Theatre, and was a food services representative for eight semesters. He was a general member and executive board member for Bulldog Radio, and is a member of the Professional Theatre Fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega.
His future plans: After graduating at the end of the 2015 summer semester, Nickisson plans to travel to Traverse City, Mich. to participate in a two year program to earn a certificate in Audio Technology.
PHOTO CAPTION: Leelan Nickisson is shown, in back of Hannah Crouch.