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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

Cost and Concept Development Co-Op at JR Automation Technologies LLC

Cost and Concept Development Co-Op at JR Automation Technologies LLC

Jonathan
Major: Engineering - Mechanical I was a Concept and Cost Development Intern for the summer in which I worked with several engineers of various knowledge bases to design concepts with CAD and cost the concept accordingly. The job not only entails critical thought and thinking outside the box in literally every situation but also developed my thought for legal business practice. Writing a quotation is extremely difficult and demands covering all of ones bases so that when something comes up down the road, the company isn't out thousands of dollars. Not only was I required to write these quotes, but also act as a salesman of the product I was designing a concept for as well. No one will buy what you are designing, if you can't stand behind it and back up what you were thinking. On several occasions I held and led meetings with department heads, business unit managers, VP of sales, and even the CEO at one point.

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Internship with the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter

Internship with the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter

Ariel
Major: International Relations Interns are stationed on local campaigns across the state. Responsibilities to the Sierra Club include exemplary representation of the organization and close communication with the internship supervisor. Interns will communicate with their supervisor at a minimum of once a week. As far as expectations from the local campaign, there may be several. Interns are expected to do whatever is needed of them to promote their candidate and maximize the chance of their candidate being elected. This could include canvassing at various levels, including making phone calls and knocking on doors, as well as general office work, volunteer recruitment and management, promotional event planning, and various other responsibilities.

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"A Team of Their Own" internship

"A Team of Their Own" internship

Aaron
Major: Advertising & Public Relations I worked with the team that was responsible for promoting the film, "A Team of Their Own," a documentary about the history and women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. My responsibilities included scheduling dates, times, and locations for the film's premiere in Rockford and Peoria, Illinois, homes of the Rockford Peaches and Peoria Redwings teams.

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