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What You Need to Know About Internships

By: Caitlin Dorton, Pre-Nursing

Ferris students… your professor just stated that it is time for you to find an internship for this coming summer, but you don’t know where to begin. The Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services can help you discover great opportunities! First, you need to consider these two questions: what are the goals of your internship and why is it so important. These two questions will help you to obtain a rewarding internship experience.

What is an internship?

An internship is an official program that is offered by an employer, full time or part time, in which a student can gain hands on experience in the workplace related to their area of study. Your internship goals may be to explore the work setting or to practice specific aspects of your future career.  Employers host internships for students because it provides them the opportunity to train potential hires while also helping manage their workflow. Internships may be paid or unpaid based on the industry and the intern’s role. The CLACS Career Center can help you evaluate your options.

Why are internships important?

Internships give you a chance to network and build relationships with professionals. It is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and develop important skills such as managing time and expectations, while building a foundation for your future. An internship will either affirm your career path or inspire you to consider other options. If you are lucky, your internship may even lead to full time employment upon graduation. Many academic programs require completion of at least one internship.  Some even require two.

How to locate internships at Ferris State University?

There are services available to all Ferris State University students and alumni through the CLACS Career Center.  First, you will sign in to your MyFSU and look for the HANDSHAKE icon on the top dashboard. HANDSHAKE connects thousands of employment opportunities with Ferris students and alumni!  HANDSHAKE has a resource section to help you prepare your resume and cover letter and gather tips for your interviews. It also provides a way for you to schedule an appointment with a Career Services professional or use the online video interview practice program BIG INTERVIEW.

For more assistance with locating and obtaining an internship:

Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services (CLACS)

805 Campus Drive UCB 121
(231) 591-2685

New Year's Resolution: Find my Dream Job

Michele Albright, Coordinator of CLACS Career & Volunteer Centers

The New Year brings about new opportunities to become the best version of you.  While many will make resolutions such as eating healthier or exercising more, let’s not forget to set professional goals as well.  Steve Jobs stated “A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences.  So they don’t have enough dots to connect…” Determining your career path and creating a plan involves connecting your dots.

According to research conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), these include critical problem solving, communication, teamwork, technology, leadership, work ethic, and intercultural fluency. The Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services (CLACS) at Ferris State University can help you discover ways to get involved, develop your skills, and connect the dots toward a career you’ll love.

CLACS offers certificate programs that you can complete at your own pace including a job shadow experience and soft skills training. You can also participate in leadership programming, student organizations, volunteering, and employer networking events. CLACS can help you explore options and brand yourself as a professional.  

Here are a few New Year resolutions to help you become successful:

Create a profile in Handshake; located in MyFSU.

Schedule a personal appointment with the CLACS Career Center to make a career plan.

Attend networking events.

Explore two different careers through job shadowing or volunteering.

Locate a mentor who is doing what you want to do.

Write a blog on a topic related to your future career.

Like potential employer’s pages on social media.

Spend one hour a week reading up on your industry.

Join a student organization related to your field of study.

Complete the on-line soft skills training through OrgSync.

The staff at the Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services wishes you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year! To reach us, contact the CLACS Career Center at 231-591-2685 or