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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

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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Refugee Resettlement Internship

Refugee Resettlement Internship

Christy
Major: International Relations As a refugee resettlement intern, I assisted case workers in both the Resettlement and Matching Grant programs to provide services for newly-arrived refugees. This included teaching the financial literacy curriculum, providing bus training, arranging medical appointments, shadowing home visits, enrolling clients in ESL classes, completing case review of closed files, and much more.

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GVSU Rec Center Intern

GVSU Rec Center Intern

Matthew
Major: Sports Leadership As a staff member/intern my main non-project based assignment is to keep the environment friendly. We stress customer service with the best of them. I find this so important as I flip the page to the next chapter of my life. The project-based assignment I am in charge of is research how to have great employee retention. The rec center has struggled over the years retaining their employees. I communicate with other universities around the country and our area to see if they have answers.

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