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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

Learning about Integration in Ireland

Learning about Integration in Ireland

Denise
Major: International Relations Everyday tasks that I completed were updating the Facebook website and Twitter with Irish news and events on immigration. In the beginning of the internship I found journalists that often reported on immigration or racism ad made a presentation about the company and the issues migrants are facing. I also worked on the 'RISE' (Refugee Interactive Skills for Employment) project, for which I reviewed lesson plans and tested the educational computer games. Another project I was a part of was the 'mimen' project, which was a project looking into the issues of male third country nationals. I helped look for interview volunteers by reaching out over Facebook and handing out flyers. I also transcribed a focus group interview in which young men described the problems they are facing in Ireland. Lastly I worked on the launch of the Annual Report on Integration, for which I contacted government official and distributed the Monitor.

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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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Test Software Engineer Intern

Test Software Engineer Intern

John
Major: Engineering - Electrical During the time spent here, I was able to be involved in many different areas. Anywhere from fixing problems that arouse in the production line (both hardware and software), to developing software and hardware used to test new units going through qualification testing. The task that I was able to spend the most time on was writing/updating code for stations that were being upgraded from Windows XP machines to Windows 7. Much of the hardware used in Windows XP is not supported in Windows 7, therefore the code had to be altered to communicate with a new pieces of hardware. This gave me the opportunity to learn how many different communication protocols work, and how to interface with many different components.

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