Internships & Apprenticeships
Internships provide an opportunity for students to learn in a real-world work environment, and are offered through partnerships with local businesses and organizations.
Employers and students benefit from learning on-the-job.
While the College offers courses in many areas of study, it can be hard to practice the skills you're learning in the classroom in a real-world, work environment. There are practical applications of skills that are best developed in the field, that can simply not be duplicated in the classroom. To learn within a workplace setting, you can pursue an internship in the career field you're interested in. Internships provide an opportunity to learn in a hands-on environment, are often temporary positions, and can be paid or unpaid. The types of skills learned may range from organizational skills, people management, time management, negotiations, and much more. For these reasons alone, an internship proves to be a vital part of your educational program and development as a professional.
Area businesses and companies benefit from stronger connections to potential future employees and the ability to receive additional staff support at little to no cost.
My life before starting at Mid was all about being a stay-at-home mom, focusing on my children, husband, mother, and father. It was about what I could do to help them through whatever they needed help with.
I chose to come to Mid after the passing of my father and a push from my husband wanting to see me get on track with what I always wanted to do in life, which was college. Life showed me you never know how much time you have and I wanted to be proud of myself for something I accomplished.
My experience was great! I accomplished things that I didn't think I could do, especially being in my 30's. I met a ton of wonderful people and really enjoyed everything I learned while I pushed through some tough times in my personal life.
The instructors were really helpful and supportive, any questions or issues I had were explained and they helped me in any way they could. Some really showed me that I was capable of so much more than what I thought I ever was.
My internship helped me realize that I was capable of more than what I learned in college. I got to be able to use and work on a computer with my CAD degree, I was able to show my skills outside the office on the road through my work with paving and I've learned a great deal about our county. I wound up getting a full-time job at the same place I interned at and that meant a lot to me. I am thankful for everything that I got challenged with in life, because I realize now that it showed me how strong I was, even if I didn't feel like I was strong at the time.
- Mandy Robert, CAD Program
Mid has offered me a great opportunity to not only work in the field I am studying but to also work in my own community. It can be difficult to find promising opportunities to gain experience in your career if you are from a small town like I am, that is why I am thankful for Mid Michigan college and businesses like Weinlander-Fitzhugh for offering students the ability to internship. As a student it is great to know that Mid has your back when you are trying to reach your educational and career goals.
- Ross Wilson, Accounting Program
I hope my positive internship experience can inspire someone else to participate in an internship. I believe that an internship is a great way to get your foot in the door, gain on-the-job experience, and continue to learn and grow outside of the classroom. It's an opportunity that I feel fortunate to have and I'm glad that I get to be a part of it.
- Travis Wessel, Accounting Internship
My Experience with Mid Michigan College's Internship Program...
My name is Rachel and I am a sophomore at Mid Michigan Collage. 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 two 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 has so many different internship options for every area of study and degree. I would recommend applying for an internship position at MMC, 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.
Mid is grateful for the opportunities that its surrounding communities employers and agencies provide to give hands-on real world internship experience to our students. We look forward to developing new partnerships in the future to further enhance the skills of our students as well as increase the contribution our students can make in our community by becoming skilled and beneficial participants in the workforce" - Amy Dykhouse
Interested in HOSTING an Intern?
If you own, operate, or manage a business and would like to host a Mid Michigan College student-intern, start the process by filling out this quick form or contacting the Career Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or (989) 317-4613.
Do you have a position ready for intern?
Interested in an Internship? Check out these next steps.
- In order to be eligible for an internship, you must be enrolled in the appropriate internship course for your Program and Pathway, and have completed the MID 150: Career Readiness course. Contact your Mid Mentor today to build your internship-friendly schedule.
- Selecting and securing an internship can begin prior to the semester the internship course is taken. To request internship placement, complete the Internship Application or contact Mid's Career Center at email@example.com or (989) 317-4613.
That's it! Once you get the ball rolling our experienced teams will work with you every step of the way to secure you a successful internship.