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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

Marine Mammal Research

Marine Mammal Research

Hannah
Major: Biology Principle Duties include: data entry, searching and cataloging journal articles, learning all research protocols, cropping and sorting photo-id fin images, learning to use photo-id programs such as Darwin (fin matching software), and FinBase (Microsoft Access), boat based field research (21ý and 31ý boats), and learn how to use ArcGIS Secondary Duties involve: Assisting with animal care staff, attending marine mammal necropsies, responding to marine mammal and sea turtle strandings, and assisting with educational tours. Field days: Interns must be able to spend many hours on the water and on shore in sometimes extreme seasonal conditions. Seasonal temperatures range from over 100 °F in summer to 30 °F in winter. Field days typically exceed eight hours and occur at least two or three times a week.

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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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Track and Field Internship

Track and Field Internship

Brandon
Major: Sports Leadership Compilation and distribution of a biweekly newsletter to alumni, which was comprised of multiple athlete interviews. Management of social media accounts, more specifically live tweeting meets and posting photos and videos to Instagram. Meet set up and tear down. Promotion of upcoming summer camps at home meets and local high schools.

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