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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

Design Engineering Co-op

Design Engineering Co-op

Alex
Major: Engineering- Interdisciplinary As a co-op student, I was placed on projects that were related to my interest. Due to the diverse make-up of the company in terms to technical and design focuses, I was exposed to a multitude of projects. My work was generally done alone, interfacing with teammates when necessary. I focused in large parts on a testing system for the user interface of a product we were working on for a customer. There was consistent correspondence with the customer as we worked together to identify bugs within the system, pinpoint their causes, and adjust the code to fix them. This was a nice project to work on in that it was nearly instant gratification. When we were able to pinpoint an error in the code, fixing the bug generally didn't take long and the device firmware was quickly updated. One of the more fun projects I completed required me to do a physical build of an office productivity unit; this hands-on project was an incredible change of pace from the research that I was so often assigned and was a great opportunity for me to express my creativity in the prototyping process and iterative stages of the design. Additional projects included an analytical demo project working to develop the company's technological resources for future projects, product benchmarking,

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Working and Learning at a Great Company

Working and Learning at a Great Company

Isaac
Major: Engineering - Electrical I worked on many projects for different engineers this semester ranging in size and complexity. I worked on schematic updates, PLC programming, circuit design, and circuit building. I also received the opportunity to go to Mexico as a new machine was being assembled there and assist an engineer. It has been a great experience being at Shape learning and working with the engineers here.

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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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