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: Preparing for his Senior year, as a Digital Animation and Game Design student. Mike is from Alamo Township, in Kalamazoo County. His internship is with Externa CGI, a Grand Rapids-based graphic design company.
What he’s learned on his internship: “A great deal, in terms of techniques that make my work more efficient in my work flow. I have more experience with Max, Adobe Premiere Pro and other after-effects programming. I am broadening my approaches to work, beyond what I had learned in classes, technical methods that offer different ways to create animation.”
Was Ferris Helpful in Getting Your Internship? “A professor in the program had informed me about the company, then I researched Externa, liked what I saw, so I pursued and secured the internship.”
Future Plans and Prospects: “I would anticipate working with Externa following my internship, as they have asked me to consider it. That would be great, while I complete my final classes toward my degree.”
Advice for Other Ferris Students Regarding Internships: “Expect to learn more in your first two weeks of your internship than you did in many of your college courses. Be open to working with your bosses, and focus on being a good team player with your co-workers.”
Other Activities at Ferris: Mike has been an active participant with other DAGD students in “Game Jams,” organized by the university’s Grand Rapids campus.