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Welcome to Experience Matters!

A collection of internship and co-op experiences completed by Grand Valley students.


Grand Valley students are doing amazing things through professional experiences outside the classroom. This site gives viewers an inside look at these experiences. See some spotlighted experiences below, or click on View Experiences above to find more!

Experience Matters

Internship at Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center

Internship at Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center

Kyle
Major: Sports Leadership I was responsible for helping with setting up the various golf outings that we had at the course. Once the outing or tournament was completed, I assisted with scoring the events. As league coordinator, I helped with scheduling leagues and collecting league payments from all the golfers that made up the individual leagues. As Director of Junior Golf, I was able to communicate with parents and participants about league schedules and rules. I was able to help and organize both the junior leagues and the adult leagues so that they were able to play every week throughout the summer.

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Teaching English language abroad

Teaching English language abroad

Christopher
Major: International Relations Lesson planning Teaching aids Building Professor client relations Teaching methods Lesson implementation Tracking student progress Testing Grading students

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Padnos Internship Program

Padnos Internship Program

Sean
Major: Mathematics Over the course of my internship, I designed and developed a website that coincided with an upcoming temporary exhibit. In the span of three months, I taught myself how to use HTML, CSS, and Adobe Dreamweaver to put the site together. I spent an extensive amount of time doing research and TMS database development for the museum. I focused on President Ford's passion for sports-particularly football and did some extensive research on various footballs that were gifted to him and his history at the University of Michigan. I spent time working on a Tumblr and an artifact collections website which allows users to view small samples of the over 20,000 artifact collection online and on their phones. These finished products will be available to view in the coming months on the museums website. I also spent some time developing a franchised logo for the upcoming Aircraft exhibit coming in July. Using Adobe Photoshop, I designed and created the logo, educational materials, banners for light poles to be used downtown Grand Rapids as well as banners to be used internally at the museum, signage for the exhibit, and finally a giant road-side billboard that will be put on display for the summer advertising the exhibit and Gerald R. Ford's "Ford" Class of aircraft carriers. Additionally, I partook in the preventative conservation of the collection by encapsulating documents and creating ethafoam storage mounts, and generally learned the day-to-day routine of a collections manager under the supervision of the museum registrar.

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