Daktronics thanks Michael Wauters for his excellent service as an intern. Michael attended Union Community Schools in La Porte City, Iowa, until his high school graduation. He then moved on to Iowa State University, where he majors in computer science. It was at that point that he heard about his current internship at Daktronics.
"I chose Daktronics because I had heard about the internship through a good friend of mine from school. He told me he had an amazing experience up here and that Daktronics really provides a well-rounded learning experience. I had also had a little prior knowledge of the company because I'm a big sports fan and had seen company logos around different arenas and ballparks," Michael said. Michael, whose internship ran from 7 January through 16 August, had a variety of duties at Daktronics; his responsibilities on the job varying from research testing to verifying PCB hardware. Thankfully, Michael relishes his work.
"I enjoy the responsibilities given to me. From day one I was thrown into a couple different projects.
Although it was overwhelming at first, it was nice to know that what I was working on was something substantial, so I felt like a part of the team from the beginning," Michael said.
Although he enjoys the opportunities presented him every day, Michael's favorite experience at Daktronics occurred outside his normal work environment.
"Being able to help out at Daktronics' Student Career Night taught me a lot about professionalism and approaching employers. When I first agreed to be a volunteer for the event, I didn't think too much of it. I helped at the internship booth, and as the event got going I started to make mental notes of the people that came and talked to us. I could tell who was prepared, who had done their research of the company, and who really was interested in the opportunities available. I was extremely impressed with some of the students that came by to talk to us. I have always had to be the one approaching employers at career fairs, so being the "employer" at this event gave me a whole new perspective. I know what stood out to me as being impressive, and those attributes are something I can take away and work to improve to make myself more marketable and a stand-out candidate for future job opportunities," Michael said.
According to Michael's supervisor, Matt Mueller, Michael may already possess many of these qualities.
"Michael has a great work ethic, communicates well, and his efforts have been a great contribution to our team," Matt said.
Michael was raised in Dysart, Iowa, with his brother, Adam (who was married 10 August.) At the conclusion of his internship, he plans to finish his degree and possibly attain another internship before finding his full-time career.