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Work Base Learning: My Experience with the Mid Michigan College Internship Program
November 4, 2021
My Experience with the Mid Michigan College Internship Program
My name is Rachel and I am a sophomore at Mid Michigan College. I am currently a business and marketing major and plan to transfer to Central Michigan University next fall. After starting my winter classes in 2021, I started to realize how many different areas of business there are. I had chosen to pursue a degree in an area of study because I knew what it entailed; but there were so many other options. I had no idea how I was going to figure out which part of business I wanted to be in, without experiencing different aspects beforehand.
I received an email from my business teacher here at Mid Michigan about an internship position that was available for any business student to apply for. Since the position was mostly remote, I applied for it. The application process was so easy.
The role was a social media marketing position, at a non-profit called Gladwin Area Friends of The Theatre, or GAFT. The process was set up just like a normal job offer and I was given the description of what I would be doing what the position paid.
My internship at GAFT ran for one semester and since the position was through Mid Michigan College, our internship advisor Amy Dykhouse helped me every step of the way. She let me set my own hours each week, so I never felt stressed about school, and I was even able to count the internship as a class and receive credit for it, while getting paid.
I absolutely loved working for GAFT. It was scary at first because I am still learning, and I wanted to prove myself. But I soon realized that this was supposed to be a learning experience for me and that the whole point of this internship was to gain knowledge and learn as much as I could about the social media aspect of business. Everyone I worked with was super understanding of school, and patient with me as I learned. The amount of knowledge I gained throughout the time I spent with the team is something I needed in order to move forward with my degree choice. I ended up staying with GAFT for both the winter and summer semester because of how much I enjoyed working with them.
Some of the things I learned during my internship were;
- How to use different editing sites like Canva. I used this site to make flyers, posters and newsletters for upcoming events or fundraisers we had planned.
- How the inner workings of a non-profit organization work.
- How to properly write an email for board members.
- How to run all social media accounts for the business, including what was posted on these sites.
Speaking about my experience helping the Gladwin Area Friends of the Theatre, GAFT president Alan Hawley had this to say:
“We found the Mid Michigan College Internship Program to be a win-win for all involved. For our group, Gladwin Area Friends of the Theatre, we got a fresh view into our fundraising efforts from Rachel, and she got hands-on experience in the field she is pursuing. We feel this program is a wonderful opportunity for all involved.”
After finishing my time with GAFT, I decided to continue growing my knowledge about different areas of marketing, so I applied to the internship program with Mid Michigan College again. I am currently a few weeks into a brand-new internship with The Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance.
I am excited to continue gaining more experience and working with different people and companies. Mid Michigan College has so many different internship options for every area of study and degree. I would recommend applying for an internship position at Mid Michigan College, or any student with their own institution. It is a great way to gain experience and knowledge about any career or degree, that you may not be sure about.
Amy Dykhouse, Career Services and Student Accommodations Coordinator at Mid Michigan College had this to say about the efforts to secure more internships for students: “Mid Michigan College is grateful for the opportunities the employers and agencies in the surrounding community provide to give hands-on, real-world internship experience to our students. We look forward to continuing to develop new partnerships to further enhance the skills of our students, as well as increase the contribution that our students can make in the community by becoming skilled and beneficial participants in the workforce.”
Any Mid Michigan College students or Great Lakes Bay Region businesses interested in learning more about internships should explore more here or reach out to Amy Dykhouse at (989 317-4613 or email@example.com.
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