Building Your Network: Sydnee Pruett’s Internship with Electricology

I think getting your network is the most important part while you’re in college so you can have better opportunities when you graduate.

Being able to work in a variety of fields is what brought Ferris Hospitality Management student Sydnee Pruett to the program. Now, experiencing it firsthand during her Summer 2019 internship at Electric Forest is why she loves it.

Pruett interned with the Sustainability Program at Electricology, a third-party company at Electric Forest, in Rothbury, MI, their responsibility is to create incentives for attendees to keep the forest clean and to pick up their trash.

“This was my first year but so many people came up to me saying they come every year and it’s great to see you guys grow this program every year,” said Pruett.

Being able to make a positive impact on so many people’s experience was the most rewarding part of her internship said Pruett. In previous years the day after Electric Forest closed, it would take hours to clean up all the garbage, but because of college students like Pruett and the Sustainability Program the ground was spotless.

Pruett has had three internships and found all of them through the connections she built at Ferris State University. Pruett wants to have as many internships as she can before she graduates to give her a competitive edge over other candidates in the workforce.

“I’m already done with my internship requirements and I want to do as many internships as I can because it allows me to gain connections and it allows me to gain more skills and become more excellent at what I do. I really like doing the hands-on work and working with people.”

During the school year, Pruett is involved in many on campus organizations, including Greek life, Student Government, and the Hospitality Management Student Association (HMSA). She likes being involved on campus because she gets to grow as a person and a leader.

Pruett said, “I think getting your network is the most important part while you’re in college so you can have better opportunities when you graduate.”

Pruett’s advice for students is to join student organizations because they offer opportunities to their members that other students do not get. Organizations are also a great way to meet new people and build your network.

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. The Hospitality Management program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence.