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:
Kaitlyn "KP" Patrick
She is: A Spring 2016 graduate of Ferris from Woodhaven, Mich., earning her Bachelor of Science in Public Relations.
Her Internship: Kaitlyn served as communications intern for Make-A-Wish Michigan, including the Wish-A-Mile bike tour, that raises funds to support Make-A-Wish requests come true for children with medical issues. Her duties put Kaitlyn in touch with volunteers and Wish families, and she also supported the media, when inquiries for donor stories came to her.
Her advice for other students seeking an internship experience: “It’s important to ask around, and network. I was in contact with Mari Ann Loucks (also a Ferris College of Business alumna), who served Wish-A-Mile in this capacity in 2015, and she suggested taking a look at the nonprofit sector. I had a great experience this summer.”
Other groups Kaitlyn was involved with at Ferris: Kaitlyn was director of The Big Event for Student Government in 2016, and their director of philanthropy. She was also vice president of programming for the campus Zeta Tau Alpha chapter.
Ferris Core Value that Kaitlyn Finds Significant: Collaboration. “I had great experience working with Registered Student Organizations, and working well with others is important when you’re part of a community, and when you’re in a company.”
Future Plans: Kaitlyn is taking on a job with Shift Digital, based in Birmingham. Her role with the marketing and technology company will be to support clients with Volkswagen automobile dealerships in website refinement.