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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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A Summer in Dublin

A Summer in Dublin

Tatiana
Major: Health Professions During my internship, I rotated through the hospital. I spent most of my time in finance, patient support and cardiac with some days observing labs, conferences, and the play room. Most of my work in finance was based around getting new bills from the post, sorting them and putting them into the computer. In the cardiac department, I spent a lot of time updating charts and making sure they charts are where they are supposed to be in the hospital. I observed some cardiac conferences about patients and planning their treatment. I also observed some cardiac cath procedures. During my time in patient support, I helped release copies of patient charts requested under the Freedom of Information act. I also logged complaints, compliments, thank you cards and parliamentary questions on the database. I visited the microbiology, histology, biochemistry and hematology labs for a few hours each lab to get a taste of what they do and how it is important. Because I didn't have a degree, they couldn't let me do any work in those labs, as that is customary in Ireland.

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The Love of a Sport Combined with a Great Experience

The Love of a Sport Combined with a Great Experience

Ellen
Major: Advertising & Public Relations While working at Midwest Soccer Academy I got to experience many different aspects of a soccer company. Although my major is Advertising and Public Relations, I was able to gain knowledge in my field, but also many other common office skills. I was able to dip my feet in the promotion side of the company as I set out to business to promote for our tryouts for FC Bolton. I also got to promote by making millions of phone calls to every soccer team in Michigan inviting them to our MSA Fall Classic Soccer Tournament. I got to design the payment forms for our tournaments, as well as being the head of paper work at our FC Bolton Lapeer tryouts. I also got to be the assistant coach for our Kritters' soccer camp and got to be the Director of Whaley's Outreach Program, teaching kids skills that wouldn't ever get the chance to play soccer. My task have ranged, but all of them have helped me grow and understand the work of Advertising and Public Relation and not all my experiences have to be related in my field to help me grow.

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