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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

GMCH 1st Semester Co-op

GMCH 1st Semester Co-op

Alex
Major: Engineering - Mechanical The first two weeks I was just getting familiar with the plant and processes. The manufacturing floor is split up into north and south, so I spent time with both teams. During this time I did some part gauging, tried learning how to run all the machines, and did a bit of "grunt" work. The next few weeks I spent working with the advanced team. During this time I was assigned to an engineer and it was to him that I reported. My engineer have me a project where I was to develop some new parts for use in engine installation. Here develop means design, get parts built, and test parts according to a test procedure that I wrote. As of writing there is still a little work to be done on this project. I also did some benchmarking against competitors' parts and am planning on doing some tension testing to help one of the engineers refine the FEA simulation that he designed. Now I am working with the current manufacturing team. My duties include helping with machine qualifications, R&R's, and learning what goes into getting a new product line ready for production. Overall there will be a slow day here and there where you end up waiting on someone but usually there's quite a bit that needs doing. If you ever need something to do, ask.

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Embassy Intern

Embassy Intern

Allen
Major: International Relations Research economic data for the economic section of the embassy. Updated the information of the master list of Filipino-Americans and the various Filipino organizations in the US. Helped organize embassy events. Attended meetings and be able to see first hand how deals are made in regards to import/export, security, and other international issues.

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Sensory Systems Clinic West

Sensory Systems Clinic West

Emily
Major: Allied Health Science On a daily basis I would observe therapy sessions and assist when appropriate or needed. I was essential in keeping clients safe on therapy gym equipment such as the rock wall, scooter board, or any of the various suspended equipment used at the clinic. I was able to participate in interactive play with clients and observe therapy techniques. Other duties of mine consisted of office tasks such as: filing, scheduling, answering the phone and taking payments/printing receipts for clients. It was also essential that I help keep the facility clean as it was a collective effort of all staff to maintain a safe and clean therapy environment. I completed projects throughout my time at Sensory Systems Clinic West which included but are not limited to: a new book checkout spread sheet, a parent resource list with alternative therapies, funding, camps etc., a binder for our picture schedule chart, informational flyers, a challenge chart for clients and a productivity report for the clinic.

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