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:
She is: a senior in Graphic Design, from Coopersville.
Lydia’s Internship: Lydia is working on design projects for Newell Brands at their Design Center in Kalamazoo. Newell Brands is headquartered in Hoboken, New Jersey, with Rubbermaid, Paper Mate and Graco Children’s Products among its subsidiary brands.
How Ferris Helped in Acquiring Her Internship: “We took a tour of the Newell Brands Design Center for one of my classes, which is where I found out about applying for the internship. There are also a number of Ferris graduates who work at Newell.”
Advice for Other Students Seeking Internships: “Don’t give up. Apply for any and every internship that comes your way. You’ll never know which will accept you, unless you try.”
Future Plans: “To hopefully become a full-time employee at Newell Brands. The internship has already given me a lot of knowledge on how to design for the corporate world and communicate in a professional manner.“
Other Activities at Ferris: Lydia is a sprinter on Ferris’ women’s track and field team, is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts chapter, at Ferris, a registered student organization.
Ferris Core Value Lydia Most Relates to: “Opportunity. The reputation of the Graphic Design program, at Ferris, is what I believe has given me the opportunity to get my internship.”
How Lydia is Making A Difference in her Internship: ”By helping out with tasks whenever possible and providing new ideas and insights from the viewpoint of a new employee.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Lydia Huisken, a senior from Coopersville in the Graphic Design program, is shown above in this Meet the Interns photo.