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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

Computer Engineering Co-op at JR Automation

Computer Engineering Co-op at JR Automation

Ethan
Major: Engineering - Computer I have been involved in quite a few project which I am not able to discuss in depth. For most of these, I've been doing a lot of programming, mostly in C#, in addition to quite a bit of R&D style work (such as testing and evaluating different hardware). I've also spent a good deal of time on some internal software projects. The one which I have spent the most time on throughout the semester is a program to allow users to change the IP address on multiple network cards at once, and to track their various settings. I've also spent some time on a set of add-ons to our CAD software which will allow controls engineers to be more efficient and uniform in their work. In addition to these, I've had several chances to meet with vendors and customers. I've also attended an industry conference about combining industrial and corporate networks on behalf of the company.

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Expat Community Center Internship

Expat Community Center Internship

Nicholas
Major: International Relations Since The Spot is new, it needs to get its brand out there. I was in charge of marketing at The Spot. My job was to let expats know about what we had to offer The Spot. My usual tasks included posting on social media, organizing and promoting events, writing blog posts, managing web content and SEO, and attending expat networking events.

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Mechanical Design Engineer

Mechanical Design Engineer

Caitlyn
Major: Engineering - Mechanical While working with Patient and Caregiver Safety Team, I was able to have three main projects. I was able to design and build a voice of customer light fixture, a head adjustment system for the surgical helmets, and researched and built prototypes of several designs for the disposable product line.

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