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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

Austin Sports & Social Club

Austin Sports & Social Club

Madeline
Major: Sports Leadership The Austin Sports and Social Club internship was extremely well-rounded, allowing me to truly learn how a sports organization comes together. It also provided the opportunity to specialize in areas of interest, working with those related departments. I focused my time in three main departments: player services, logistics, and marketing. Below are highlights from each department; it is in no means all-inclusive. Player services: Managed the info account for 25,000+ players Managed and sorted data to construct teams Managed the roster compliance database Compiled registration reports Constructed conflict management exam for officials/coordinators Recorded and responded to league survey responses Logistics: Created and posted schedules for multiple leagues Created playoff brackets for multiple leagues Created and managed tournament brackets and standings Compiled venue reference files Marketing: Managed social media accounts with 20,000+ followers Prepared monthly marketing reports utilizing analytics Designed venue placement database for back linking options Established Google My Business accounts On the field: Built knowledge base to successfully officiate flag football Coordinated multiple tournaments Managed championship brackets and standings Enhanced conflict management and public speaking abilities

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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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Summer 2016 Washington Internship

Summer 2016 Washington Internship

Philip
Major: International Relations I made two major contributions: one was writing a number of articles that were published on COHA's website. The other was the administrative compilation of potential subscriber data data of libraries and universities all across the country, as well as internationally for COHA to reach out to for distribution of our published paper: the Washington Report on the Hemisphere. I collected and compiled information on over 230 outside organizations for this project. Besides this, I also edited other interns' papers, both personally and as part of larger editing groups.

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