Establishing a Benchmark: Mitchell Bredberg’s Internship at BISSELL
I want to establish a benchmark for future Ferris State University students to follow.
Internships allow many students to bring what they learned in the classroom into a “real-world” experience. This is exactly what happened for senior Mitchell Bredberg while on internship at BISSELL during Summer 2016.
“It is making a difference in my life, having this internship. I am getting a lot of experience in my chosen field and getting a good idea of what I would be doing everyday if I got a full-time position,” Bredberg said. “I want to establish a benchmark for future Ferris State University students to follow.”
BISSELL assigned Bredberg, an Accountancy and Finance student, to digitally monitor the international location of Australia for the summer. For this location, he prepared month-end financial statements that included the balance sheets and income sheets. This was be an ongoing documentation preparation process that held him accountable to complete each month during his summer internship.
Additionally, Bredberg was given the opportunity to to learn Hyperion, the system BISSELL uses to compare actual and budgeted financial statements in order to make executive financial decisions.
This is Bredberg’s second accounting internship with BISSELL; he believes both occasions helped shaped him into the working professional he is today. He values being able to get experience.
Bredberg was initially able to secure his internship by applying to various companies and maximizing his connections. Ferris State was instrumental in providing a plan to establish objectives and set a course for accomplishing those objectives within a 12-week time frame.
Although an internship is not required for the Accountancy and Finance program, Bredberg stressed that an internship taken seriously will allow a students to experience “real-world” scenarios and help them realize if this is what they truly like doing.
Experience can not only come from internships but in Registered Student Organizations (RSO) at Ferris. Bredberg is an active member in the Accounting Association, the Financial Management Association, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. For the past four years, he has also been the kicker and punter for the Ferris State University football team, where he also tutors his teammates in Accounting and Finance.
Future plans for Bredberg include securing a permanent, full-time position in the accounting department at BISSELL. In addition, he will seek the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification through study and testing.
The College of Business at Ferris State University provides career-oriented education, responding for over 100 years to the changing needs of the business world. The curriculum prepares graduates to deal with real issues as members and leaders of tomorrow’s workforce.