Past Internship Award Recipients


Internship Employers of the Year

Outstanding Internship Employer of the Year recognizes a non-profit and for-profit organization that has an overall high quality internship program, a strong commitment to student development and learning, and dedication to connecting to students through on-campus and career related programming

Non-Profit Outstanding Internship Employer of the Year

  • Lake Michigan Credit Union (2020)
  • Great Lakes Health Connect (2019)
  • Center for Women in Transition (2018)
  • Blandford Nature Center (2017)
  • West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) (2016)
  • Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (2015)
  • GoodTemps (2014)
  • Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services (2013)
  • Frederik Meijer Gardens (2012)
  • YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids (2011)
  • Child and Family Resource Council (2010)
  • Spectrum Health (2009)
  • 17th Judicial Circuit Court (2008)
  • Mercy Health (St. Mary's) (2008)

For-Profit Outstanding Internship Employer of the Year

  • Plante Moran (2020)
  • Haworth (2019)
  • The Kellogg Company (2018)
  • BDO USA, LLP (2017)
  • Northwestern Mutual (2016)
  • Quicken Loans (2015)
  • Meijer, Inc (2014)
  • Mercantile Bank (2013)
  • Wolverine World Wide (2012)
  • Auto-Owners (2011)
  • Gordon Food Service (2010)
  • Steelcase (2009)
  • Mill Steel (2008)
  • Amway (Alticor) (2008)

Internship Advocates of the Year

Outstanding Internship Advocate of the Year recipients are Grand Valley faculty and staff who have a strong commitment to helping students explore internship related activities. They stress the importance of hands on experience and assist students in making connections between the classroom and work setting.

  • Suzanne Zach, Film and Video (2020)
  • Dauvan Mulally, Writing Department (2019)
  • Feryal Alayont, Department of Mathematics (2018)
  • Heather Peddie, (2017)
  • Gayle Davis, Provost (2016)
  • Joseph Hornik, School of Computing (2015)
  • Ruth Stevens, School of Criminal Justice (2014)
  • Simha Magal, Department of Management (2013)
  • Gail Zemmol, Hospitality Tourism Management (2012)
  • Timothy Penning, School of Communication (2012)