Michelle Beaudet

Major: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design (Fashion)
Company/Organization: DATS Lab at Iowa State University
Destination: Ames, Iowa
Timeframe: Spring 2024
Advisor/Coordinator Email: jgagnon@iastate.edu


My daily responsibilities were to make sure all equipment was running and functional. I ensured that all printing jobs were completed in a timely manner and that any delays or issues were communicated to people quickly. I was also responsible for greeting and answering questions for anyone who was using the lab. My weekly responsibilities were checking inventory levels and communicating if any restocks were needed. I also helped clean and organize the area when needed.


My greatest accomplishment was getting outside my comfort zone by learning how to use new equipment and software, as well as gaining more confidence in my abilities to problem solve. I now look forward to taking on more responsibilities and projects both now and in the future.

Learning experience

I learned when to ask for help, especially when troubleshooting the printers, because I could often figure it out if I took the time to think the problem through. Sometimes, the solution wasn’t always apparent, and it was better to ask for help sooner before my attempt at fixing the issue created more complications.

What advice would you give?

The advice I have for future students is to get to know your professors, as they will be more willing to help you later if they know who you are and what your interests are in. By getting to know them and their areas of expertise, they can become great assets in helping you find internships, research areas or other opportunities. This can be especially helpful if you’re not sure what you want to study or what to expect once you’re in the industry.

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