Financially Savvy Students: Current Plans & Future Goals

What steps can I take right now to be financially secure? Starting to save money and opening a checking account are the first steps, but there is even more you can do today as a student. In this Career Camp session Dan Osterbaan (‘91) and Amanda Root (‘02) taught us how to be financially savvy and secure.   

Love of Learning: Your Guide to Applying for Grad School

Graduate school — what a daunting and thought provoking topic. What is graduate school? Is it the right fit for me? When and why should I apply? These are just some of the many questions undergraduate students have about this next step in their academic journey. On Tuesday, September 7, we had the privilege of hosting Rachel Van Den Broek from GVSU’s Graduate Programs and our very own Dale Austin to help us grapple with these questions.

First and foremost, the path towards graduate school is not a “one size fits all” process; rather, each route is different and unique to its applicant. Some students, for example, choose to attend graduate or professional school in order to start their career. Others attend in order to enhance their career, while others yet to change their career completely. 

This leads us to the question of “How do you find the right fit?” when it comes to graduate school. If everyone’s experience is so unique and so different, how do we determine what is best for us? Rachel explained that the best way to dive deeply into this question is to do some self reflection and ask ourselves where our greatest strengths, excitements, and passions lie. From there, we can compare these personal assets to our short- and long-term career goals and ask our academic advisors (or BCCC team!!!) for guidance and advice.

Additionally, it is important to consider several institution-specific factors including track record of graduates, demographics and culture, faculty publications and research, admissions requirements, and funding when determining our “best fit” for graduate school. Comparing all of these components to our own expectations, interests, and values will greatly help narrow our search and find schools that most align with our personal needs.

We understand that figuring out all things graduate school can be confusing and intimidating, but have no fear! There is a plethora of resources available to you, and we are more than happy to help you along your journey. For more information about graduate school, check out the BCCC’s Graduate School page!

Under Construction: Your Resume/CV and Cover Letter

How do you get to the interview process when applying for an internship or job? Having a great résumé, curriculum vitae (CV), or cover letter will get you past the filtering programs and onto the desk of a recruiter. In this Career Camp session we learned how to create and improve these documents. We were also able to answer some current students’ questions.   

Starting with the most common documents, résumé and CV, and after explaining what the difference between them is. We discussed the sections to include on both, formatting, construction, and where resources can be found on Handshake. Then moving onto the less common cover letters. We discussed the reasons employers want them, and how to write it so it matches your purpose… landing that interview!

Spotlight on Experiential Learning

While today is National Intern Day, we would be remiss not to recognize the hard work of other Hope students who are participating in non-internship experiential learning opportunities, such as those who are a part of SHARP this summer. The Summer Hope Academic Research Program is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn while getting hands-on experience in their academic field. 

Olivia Jackson and Madeline Heter

Assistant Researchers on MMMI Accuracy of Test Weights Study

Madeline and Olivia are both working on the Mothers Milk for Michigan Infants Accuracy of Test Weights Study. Olivia states that she feels that the biggest thing she is getting out of her experience is improving her communication skills with participants which will help her when she communicates with patients in the future. Planning and scheduling have been quite important for her. 

Madeline elaborates more on how this opportunity is “ preparing me for nursing work experience by learning how to interact with patients and how to utilize the nursing role of education. I have learned how to teach moms about their breastmilk through my human milk analysis project. The milk analyses that I conduct measure the specific gravity, creamatocrit, fat, and calorie content of the milk samples. I would advise students to get to know other student researchers and professors in order to become more involved in the Hope College research community.”

Evan Thomas and Hannah Gray

Assistant Researchers on Study on Neurogenesis in Zebrafish

Hannah and Evan are working in the Biology department this summer studying Neurogenesis in Zebrafish. Hannah talks about how this experience is preparing her for the future, saying “We are using many techniques in order to determine how the zebrafish brain regenerates. This research experience is helping me decide on which career path I would like to go down. Make sure to get involved and apply for as many internships or research positions as possible, because there’s nothing like having a hands-on experience.” 

Evan’s thoughts bounce off of Hannah’s statements nicely, “This research is preparing me for work experience by allowing me to get valuable hours working in the lab while also exposing me to new areas of biology that I haven’t explored. It is nice waking up and being excited to go every day, and finding something that you’re interested in will make the experience a lot more fulfilling and enjoyable.”

Yeageon Song

Assistant Researcher on Biomechanics of Patient-Handling Activities

“I am doing Summer Research with the engineering department at my college. The project I am working on is called the Biomechanics of Patient-Handling tasks. 30 to 60 percent of the nursing personnel in the USA suffer from some sort of lower back pain. This is caused by stress on the lower back during manual patient handling tasks. In our group, we are validating the use of a computational simulation model in estimating this stress on the lower back of the caregivers during these tasks. I am planning to go into the Biomedical Engineering field after college. This research has given me valuable insight and experience on what it means to work as a biomedical engineer. The most surprising thing I learnt in my research site is that nothing (barely!) is figured out and done straight away. Behind the results shown by the research are countless hours of troubleshooting and revisiting past works. The results reported only show a small proportion of the researchers’ hard work.”

National Intern Day is Here: Celebrating Interns from Hope College!

National Intern Day is here! This is a day to celebrate the important contributions that interns make to their respective workplaces. We are taking this moment to spotlight Hope students who are participating in these opportunities, so check out their work! 

Allison Harvey

Gentex Corporation – Talent Development Team Intern

Allison is on the Talent Development Team at Gentex where she is assisting with leading orientation each week along with training and development plans for current employees. 

“I have learned how important it is to be careful as you navigate between working with cooperate and with the manufacturing staff. I have to be careful about how I portray myself to both different groups. When you land your internship, just be yourself! It is also important to just have fun with it, but also important to build your network.”

Eric Hoogland

Farm Bureau Insurance – Marketing and Sales Intern

His Marketing and Sales internship at the Jared Kimber Agency, Farm Bureau Insurance has equipped Eric in several ways.

“Learning how to work in an office environment alongside a diverse range of individuals is extremely valuable. This summer, I have strengthened my communication and sales skills through a variety of projects. Farm Bureau and Jared have taught me how to truly care for customers. The opportunity to shadow Jared and meet with clients has provided me firsthand experience on how to make sure clients are not just insured but also protected.

One project I am most excited about is creating a professional video for the agency. I was able to use the skills I learned at Hope in film to tell Jared’s story to his current and future clients. I was the sole screenwriter, director, videographer, and editor. This project challenged me in several ways and strengthened my film skills. I was not expecting to be producing videos this summer, but I was presented the opportunity and jumped right at it.”

Ethan Larson

NOW Foods – Human Resources Internship

Ethan’s focus in his Human Resource Internship has been on exposure in developing sourcing and recruiting skills with various responsibilities, such as coordinating a job fair event. 

If you haven’t done an internship yet and are looking into doing one, Ethan has some advice to keep in mind, “Networking is crucial, establish connections anywhere you can. This is one trait I had to learn to understand, develop, and work at. Don’t hesitate to get out of your comfort zone. Go out of your way and take initiative, to build intentional relationships with intelligent people. People who you see can become potential mentors during your course in life. Set aside time to make the extra effort to keep in touch, sustain relationships. Reach out and check in with friends from high school, coaches, coworkers, etc.”

Justin Kneeshaw

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island – Summer Intern

“At the Grand Hotel I have been learning about customer service in the hotel management industry as well as accounting skills that will continue to benefit me throughout my education and future career. Serving guests as a front office intern in a renowned top quality hotel can often have a lot of pressure but it is teaching me to deal with situations in a well composed yet quick and efficient way. One thing that has been interesting to work on is helping to organize registration for groups and conferences coming to the Hotel as well as working on correcting billing information for guests at the hotel. This internship so far has been incredible, interesting, and insightful.”

Macy Brown

GreenMark Equipment – Marketing Intern

Macy was selected as HelloWest Michigan’s Intern of the Summer! Congrats Macy.

Jeff Bikus

Gallagher – National Risk Control Analytics Intern

Jeff landed a National Risk Control Analytics Internship this summer where he is giving presentations on both general and industry/client specific topics. 

“The most important aspect that has been stressed to us time and time again has been to network. Building a strong foundational network is absolutely essential in every successful business career. We are allowed the opportunity to meet all types of people, including some of the top executives! As a company with over 35,000 employees, the opportunities to network are endless.

If you are able to be an intern, go for it! The knowledge, networking, and experiences you gain really are invaluable. After completing an internship, you will understand exactly how your studies apply and get insights into how real world companies operate!”

Sydney Burns

Royal Technologies – Accounting Intern

“My internship has been a great exposure to the field of corporate accounting. It has been really cool to see the financial ins and outs of a manufacturing business. This was not ever a path that I was considering but I think it is definitely an avenue that I will keep open for my future!

I would definitely recommend looking early and often for internships. I was lucky that Professor LaBarge showed this internship for me because the post was taken down soon after I applied. I would also tell students to be open to paths that aren’t necessarily exactly what your major is or what you are going for because you may find something that you really like!”

Kylie Galloway

Guinness World Records – Public Relations Intern

Kylie’s internship in Public Relations has her doing so much more than she expected. With the opportunity to be involved with various PR matters, her work includes research and analysis, development of coverage reportsm media lists, and pitch letters, as well as building press packets and writing profiles for record holders. 

“I was surprised to learn that the Tallest stack of M&Ms is 5, the Largest serving of pancakes is 13,000, and the Most hula hoops caught in one minutes is 245!

Yes, that sounds like trivia and it is, but the most surprising thing I’ve learned is how much fun it is that each day is not the same and how many different things unfold in one day. To put it in short, the most surprising thing I’ve learned in my internship is different each day! Sometimes, I think the stereotype of the “real world” is that it isn’t fun. I love that everything and everybody at GWR is so enjoyable. It also helped me learn something surprising that I may be interested in the future: talent management. I knew this internship would entail building relationships with the record holders, but I didn’t expect to love it so much! 

My advice is to take advantage of every opportunity possible because you never know who you’ll meet, what you’ll be asked to do, or where that one opportunity may lead you. If you get invited to sit in on a meeting, go! If you get asked to do a particular project, do it! If you are invited to meet someone, meet them! You might not get those opportunities again, so take advantage of the opportunities in the moment!”

Rylee Thayer

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa – Marketing Intern

“My internship has required me to step completely out of my comfort zone, what with exploring the hospitality industry for the first time and relocating for the summer to Traverse City. It’s allowed me to take the lead on self-curated projects like an end of summer intern highlight video and has exposed me to the many pieces that go into marketing for an organization as large as a Resort. I’ve enjoyed planning promotional projects for events like Cherry Festival and the Michigan Open, along with working closely with partners like the Traverse City Pit Spitters. The most surprising thing I’ve learned in my internship is how small the world of marketing truly is. It has amazed me the number of people I’ve met already. I know that meeting so many professionals and entrepreneurs up here will help me immensely when I graduate.”

Cassandra Hogle

Bethany Christian Services – BSW Intern

“My internship is preparing me for my work experience because I am doing a lot of client summaries. This is beneficial for me because I am learning the precision and specific wording of how to successfully document things appropriately. I also get to sit in on client sessions which allows me to see how a therapist interacts with the client and what procedures and models are being used. My main projects are monthly reports and closing reports.

The most surprising thing I have learned is that there is a lot more hurt in my community than I would have ever thought. There are things that go on in people’s lives that are so hard to listen to. It is literally all around me. You never EVER know what someone is going through, so you must always be kind and willing to know someone before judging them.”

Other Hope Interns are also working extremely hard this summer and they have offered some advice about interning.

“Aim for the sky. After interning at the White House, I decided to pick up some part-time gigs around Holland while still in school. I managed to land three internships, all extremely part-time, and all were in different industries but surrounded the marketing sector. I loved each one for different reasons, and I preferred it over working a 9-5 my whole spring/summer.” – Megan Summerfield, Intern at Cento Anni

“The best time to look for an internship was yesterday, but the second best time is right now. Look for something that interests you, and don’t wait to apply, the spots always fill up quicker than you think!” – Max Zimmermann, Intern at American Axle & Manufacturing

“Try to find an internship!! I have had the best experience so far with learning new skills and getting real hands on experience from a business. Plus, this helps get your name out there and lets you start thinking about what you do and do not want for your future career.

When you do get an internship, try to learn as much as you can while you’re there, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.” – Madelyn Velting, Marketing Intern at Rivershores Hardwood Flooring

We are proud of the Hope students that have taken the leap this summer and participated in an internship and we give them a huge round of applause for all their hard work. Are you interested in interning? Swing over to Handshake and sign up for an Internship Search appointment.

Mid-Semester Advice

Attention Juniors and Seniors: We are now halfway through the semester! Keep pushing, you can do this! You have done amazing things so far. Enjoy your break and remember, no matter where you are in your internship, job, or graduate school search, the Boerigter Center is here for YOU. There are incredible people and resources just waiting to come alongside you wherever you find yourself and walk you through this process. Breathe! We have something for everyone.

If you’re like me, and you’re not exactly sure what your next steps are going to be, there’s a few things to get in order. First, check out our Résumé and Cover Letter Guide and Curriculum Vitae Guide if you haven’t done that already. How’s Your LinkedIn Profile? While you’re there, check out our Networking Guide. Wondering about “How to Write Letters of Inquiry?” We’ve got answers! What about “Obtaining a Letter of Recommendation?” Like I said, we’ve got you covered. And don’t forget to follow up with a Thank You Note.

Now is the time to start applying for open positions if you haven’t already! As you prepare for your job search, make sure to schedule an appointment for a mock interview through Handshake (every student has an account with Hope email). You can also practice interviewing online through InterviewStream. If you prefer, you can download a virtual customized Hope College Backgrounds. (Especially useful if your roomate has a messy desk!) Wondering what to wear? We’ve got some great advice! Dressing For Success in an Interview.

On our website, hope.edu/boerigter you may select any category (résumé prep, internships, networking/mentoring, interview prep, job/graduate school search and more) to find tips, resources, and a link to make an appointment via Handshake with a spectacular Boerigter professionals.

We can’t wait to see where you’ll go! And . . . if you happen to have made plans for your next steps, let us know! We’ll send you a custom digital frame for your social media accounts.

Employer Book | Spring Recruitment Fair 2021

The Virtual Recruiting Fair on Wednesday, February 24 will feature 45 awesome employers. Register and create your schedule on Handshake after you check out our lineup below!

ATOMIC OBJECT
Industry: Internet & Software
Website: atomicobject.com

Atomic Object designs and develops custom
software products. We work across web, mobile, desktop, and embedded product development, “helping our clients innovate and grow by doing what they do better. Atomic makers work on self-managed teams of 2-10 designers, developers, and testers” collaborating to create products for our clients, from the idea phase through launch and beyond. We’re employee owned, with offices in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids.
Job Types: Full-Time Job
Jobs: Various
Majors: Various
School Years: Various

AUTO-OWNERS INSURANCE
Industry: Internet & Software
Website: www.auto-owners.com

Auto-Owners Insurance is a mutual insurance company comprised of 5 property and casualty companies and 1 life/health/annuity insurer.
Established in 1916 and headquartered in Lansing, MI, we currently operate in 26 states. Our written premium is over $6 billion and we are proud to be ranked among the Fortune 500. Auto-Owners offers a wide range of career opportunities including paid internships. We offer a friendly work environment, structured training program, employee mentoring, and an excellent compensation/benefits package. Along with a competitive base salary, matched 401(k), fully-funded pension plan (once vested), and bonus programs, we are committed to work/life balance and provide generous paid time off.
Job Types: Internship, Full-Time Job
Jobs: Summer 2021 Internships, Entry Level Insurance
Underwriter, Entry Level Insurance Claim Rep
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: Sophomore, Junior & Senior

BETHANY CHRISTIAN SERVICES
Industry: Non-Profit
Website: bethany.org

Bethany is changing the world through family.
We began our work by serving one child more than 75 years ago. Today, Bethany is an international Christian nonprofit that partners with communities in more than 30 states and in several countries around the world. We strengthen and preserve families, support displaced people fleeing danger, and find safe, loving families for children who need them.
Bethany is at the forefront of creating and implementing solutions to meet the growing needs of vulnerable children and families in the U.S. and around the world.
Job Types: Full-Time, Part-Time Job
Jobs: Foster Care Case Manager, Family Therapist, Bilingual, Foster Care Adoption Specialist & others
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: Various

CAFE 1040
Industry: Religious Work
Website: www.cafe1040.com

There are entire populations of people who are unreached. They have little to no access to the story and person of Jesus. No churches. No followers of Jesus. No missionaries. Yet. We are leading a generation to go and tell them. Join us.
Job Types: Experiential Learning, Internship, Job
Jobs: Executive Assistant, Marketing Generalist, Overseas Business Manager, Overseas Student Mentor, Applicant Processor, Support Raising Coach, Assistant to the International Team, Operations Administrator, HR Manager, Mobilizer, Stateside Student Mentor, Team Care Leads & others
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

CAMP GENEVA
Industry: Non-Profit
Website: campgeneva.org/summer-staff

GENEVA is a Christian summer youth camp (grades 1-12) and a year-round retreat and event ministry located in West Michigan on a 1/4-mile of Lake Michigan beach. We hire 90+ college students each summer to serve in various roles to accomplish this mission. Salary plus room and board are provided for all summer staff. Come be a part of a vibrant community that has fun while investing in a significant mission.
Job Types: Internship, Job
Jobs: Lifeguard, Nurse, Maintenance, Foodservice, Videographer, Store, Resident Counselor, Day Camp Counselor, Counselors for campers with special needs, Worship leaders, Arts & Crafts
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

CHERRY HEALTH
Industry: Healthcare
Website: www.cherryhealth.org

Cherry Health is the largest Federally Qualified Health Center in Michigan with over 20 locations statewide. We improve the health and wellness of individuals by providing comprehensive primary and behavioral health care while encouraging access by those who are underserved. Our services include medical, dental, vision, behavioral, correctional, and integrated health.
Job Types: Job
Jobs: Various
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

CHICAGO SEMESTER
Industry: Non-Profit
Website: www.chicagosemester.org

Chicago Semester is an off-campus experiential education program that prepares students to serve in their vocational callings through internship experiences in their chosen professional fields. Chicago Semester works with students from all major programs to provide challenging and engaging learning experiences that assist students in life after college. Every student that is accepted to Chicago Semester receives an internship in their field of study. Once accepted you work with our internship coordinator to match you with an internship, we work with over 500 businesses and organizations in Chicago for internship placements.
Job Types: Internships
Jobs: Various
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: Sophomore, Junior & Senior

CINTAS CORPORATION
Industry: Other Industries
Website: www.cintas.com

Cintas Corporation helps more than one million businesses of all types and sizes get ready to open their doors with confidence every day by providing a wide range of products and services that enhance our customer image and help keep their facilities and employees clean, safe and looking their best.
Job Types: Internship, Job
Jobs: Service Sales Representative, Management
Trainee, Intern (various)
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

CITY YEAR
Industry: Non-Profit
Website: www.cityyear.org

City Year helps students and schools succeed.
Fueled by national service, City Year partners with public schools in 29 urban, high-need communities across the U.S. and through international affiliates in the U.K. and South Africa. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide research-based student, classroom and school-wide supports to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success. A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, local school districts and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations and individuals.
Job Types: Volunteer, Job
Jobs: 2021-2022 City Year AmeriCorps Member
Majors: Various
School Years: Various

CONSUMERS CREDIT UNION
Industry: Commercial Banking & Credit
Website: www.consumerscu.org

“For more than 35 years, Consumers has averaged 18 percent annual growth and accumulated more than $1 billion in assets. You can be proud to be part of a company that is ready to serve. Locally owned since 1951, more than 90,000 members across the lower peninsula of Michigan choose us to help them achieve their financial goals and dreams.”
For more information visit, consumerscu.org/careers!
Job Types: Internship, Job
Jobs: Summer 2021 Internship, Customer Service Representative, Loan Officer, Digital Service Representative
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

CRU
Industry: Religious Work
Website: www.cru.org

Our mission is to help people discover a relationship with Jesus Christ, grow in that relationship, and help others around the world do the same.
Job Types: Various
Jobs: Operations Interns (communications, business, photography, graphic design, etc); Ministry Internships (stateside and abroad)
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: Various

EQUITABLE ADVISORS
Industry: Investment / Portfolio Management
Website: equitable.com

“We are a leading provider of financial services for consumers and businesses, with a legacy of helping people look forward with courage, strength and wisdom. We are a broker/dealer and the retail distribution channel for Equitable Financial Life Insurance Company and Equitable Financial Life Insurance Company of American, which provides life insurance and annuities to over 2.8 million clients in the U.S. Originally founded in 1859*, Equitable’s mission is to help clients secure their financial well-being by providing advice, protection and retirement strategies to individuals, families and small businesses.”
Job Types: Job
Jobs: Financial Professional
Majors: Various
School Years: Senior

ESCAPE MINISTRIES

Industry: NGO
Website: www.escape-out.org
Escape Ministries works to connect young people in tough situations with relationships, resources, and opportunities that matter through an alternative school, summer jobs, boxing club, mentoring, and more!
Job Types: Part-Time
Jobs: Summer Youth Work Team Leader
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: Junior & Senior

GENTEX CORPORATION
Industry: Automotive
Website: www.gentex.com/careers

Gentex is first and foremost a technology company,
proficient in a wide range of core competencies
that yield a unique fusion of technologies. We currently develop and manufacture custom high-tech electronic products for the automotive, aerospace, and commercial fire protection industries. But that’s just the beginning, because exploration, failure, persistence, and discovery are words we live by.
Job Types: Internships
Jobs: Various
Majors: Various, Business, Computer Science & Engineering
School Years: Sophomore & Junior

HELIX SCRIBE SOLUTIONS
/ GVSU SCRIBE ACADEMY

Industry: Healthcare
Website: www.helixscribes.com

Are you majoring in a health profession? Would you like hospital work experience in the emergency department? Free job training is provided through the GVSU Scribe Academy, www.gvsu.edu/scribe. Under the Scribe Role Tab are some great FAQs answered by a current Medical Scribe.
Job Types: Part-Time
Jobs: Medical Scribe – Zeeland and Kalamazoo
Emergency Departments
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: Sophomore, Junior & Senior

HERMAN MILLER, INC.
Industry: Manufacturing
Website: www.hermanmiller.com/internships

“Herman Miller is a globally recognized provider of furnishings and related technologies and services. Headquartered in West Michigan, we have relied on innovative design for over 100 years to solve problems for people wherever they work, live, learn,
and heal.
Herman Miller’s designs are part of museum collections worldwide. Known and respected for our leadership in ergonomics, design, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability.
You can make a salary making furniture. Or you can make a difference. Or you can work at Herman Miller and make both.
Job Types: Internship
Jobs: Sales Intern, Sales Communications Coordinator
Intern, IT Service Desk Intern, RPA Developer Intern
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: Sophomore, Junior & Senior

SUMMER SCIENCE CAMPS
(HOPE COLLEGE ON-CAMPUS EMPLOYMENT)

Industry: Higher Education
Website: hope.edu/explore

ExploreHope offers innovative programming for the community allowing K-12 students and teachers to experience hands-on activities in science, engineering, math and the arts. Summer and afterschool programs expand learning opportunities that complement in-classroom goals.
Job Types: On Campus Student Employment,
Experiential Learning, Job
Jobs: Hope College Summer Science Camp Staff
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

HOPE NETWORK
Industry: Healthcare
Website: www.hopenetwork.org

At Hope Network, the people we serve may share a setback, a condition, a diagnosis, or need. However, each is unique. Each is on a personal journey. We meet them on that journey. Then we take on some of life’s toughest challenges-together. We offer more than a list of services. We offer more than an expert approach. We offer the ability to overcome.
We serve 240 plus communities, with 2800 staff members, to more than 20,000 people annually throughout Michigan.
Job Types: Internship, Job
Jobs: Case Manager, Case Manager – Clinician, RN, LPN, Direct Support Professional, Rehabilitation Technician, BCBA, Behavior Technician & other
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

IKUS LIFE ENRICHMENT SERVICES
Industry: Non-Profit
Website: ikuslife.org

IKUS Life Enrichment Services is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals with disabilities to discover their potential, experience greater freedom, learn new skills, and have fun in a safe environment. Ultimately, IKUS gives clients the tools they need to make every day another best day.
Job Types: Job
Jobs: Summer Camp- Camp Counselors and
Health Officers
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

INNOTEC
Industry: Internet & Software
Website: www.innotecgroup.com/careers

Innotec is a high-growth, unique and fully automated West Michigan manufacturer of products for multiple industries, including the automotive, office furniture, commercial vehicle and consumer goods industries. Innotec hires the person, not the position. As a company built on Innovation, we look for Mechanical, Electrical, Plastics and Manufacturing Engineers with both strong technical skills and an affinity for business operations.
Job Types: Internship, Job
Jobs: Mechanical Engineer Interns, Electrical Engineer Interns, Mechanical Engineer Fulltime, Electrical Engineer Fulltime
Majors: Engineering
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

JCC DAY CAMPS OF METRO DETROIT
Industry: Non-Profit
Website: camp.jccdet.org

The JCC’s Special Needs Department provides a variety of terrific recreational and social programs for children, teens and adults, from preschool and day camp to vocational training and family social events, we have it here!
Job Types: Volunteer, Graduate School, Experiential Learning, Internship, Job
Jobs: Special Needs Inclusion Counselor, Special Needs Counselor, Special Needs Job Coach
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

KOOPS, INC.
Industry: Manufacturing
Website: koops.com

Specializing in factory automation systems, Koops designs and builds innovative special machines and automated equipment for leading, world-class manufacturers across a broad array of industries.
Excellent customer support, rock solid engineering solutions and reliable project management have been the hallmark of our business. Our services include 3D mechanical design, electrical/controls design, project management, production line integration, service and support.
Job Types: Internship
Jobs: Accounting Intern; Systems Analyst Intern
Majors: Business, Computer Science, Engineering
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

LAWRENCE HALL
Industry: Non-Profit
Website: www.lawrencehall.org

Since 1865, Lawrence Hall Youth Services has been delivering quality care to children and their families throughout the metropolitan Chicago area, many of whom have experienced significant traumas in their lives. The agency has not only sustained itself for the duration, but it has also redefined how youth are educated and treated.
Job Types: Job
Jobs: Residential Treatment Specialist, Child Welfare Specialist, Life Skills Educator, Interim Care Specialist, Family Support Specialist, Licensing Representative
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

LIFEWAY CHRISTIAN RESOURCES
Industry: Journalism, Media & Publishing
Website: www.lifeway.com

At LifeWay, you never have to choose between your Christian faith and excelling at your work. As one of the world’s largest providers of Christian resources, we help people of all work backgrounds turn their God-given calling into a career. As one of Forbes’ best mid-sized employers in 2018 and 2019, as well as a best employer for women in 2018, we are committed to our people and the transformational work that they do. From publishing and eCommerce, to IT, to logistics, events and summer camps, discover how we design experiences that fuel ministry. Faith works here and you can, too.
Job Types: Various
Jobs: Various
Majors: Various
School Years: Various

MAGNA INTERNATIONAL
Industry: Automotive
Website: www.magna.com

We are a leading global automotive supplier with 347 manufacturing facilities and 94 product development, engineering, and sales centers in 27 countries. We have over 159,000 employees focused on delivering superior value to our customers through innovative processes and World Class Manufacturing.
Job Types: Internship, Job
Jobs: Various
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

MANER COSTERISAN PC
Industry: Accounting
Website: manercpa.com

“Rooted in the Lansing community for over a century, Maner Costerisan is a full-service public accounting and business advisory firm dedicated to providing quality and reliable services targeted to specific client needs. Over the years, we have grown into the largest locally-owned firm in mid-Michigan, serving clients of all sizes and across a range of industries.
With a staff of more than 130 individuals, our clients can rest assured they will receive the necessary attention and expertise to obtain the best possible results for their unique situations. We take an active role in the professional development of our people through in-house training and continuing education from both regional and national organizations.”
Job Types: Internship, Job
Jobs: 2022 Winter Internship, 2022 Summer Internship, 2022 Entry Level Associate (Audit, Tax, Acct), Summer Leadership Program
Majors: Accounting, Other
School Years: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

MEDIATION SERVICES
Industry: NGO
Website: www.mediationservices.works

Mediation Services is the center for alternative dispute resolution for Ottawa and Allegan Counties, receiving hundreds of court and community referrals annually to provide mediations for those experiencing conflict.
Job Types: Internships
Jobs: Internship
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

MEYSEN ACADEMY
Industry: K-12 Education
Website: www.meysen.ac.jp/en/default.htm

Over the past 50 years, MeySen Academy has grown from a humble content-making enterprise into one of Japan’s premier educational institutions specializing in Early Childhood Development and English as a Foreign Language (EFL).
Job Types: Internship, Job
Jobs: English Teacher
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: Junior & Senior

MICHIGAN SOFTWARE LABS
Industry: Internet & Software
Website: michiganlabs.com

For more than 10 years, Michigan Software Labs has served clients by developing custom mobile, web, and Internet of Things (IoT) software for clients ranging from locally owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Recognized as a leader in UX/UI design, with millions of end users to date, Michigan Software Labs was named one of the Top UX Design Companies in the U.S.A. by Clutch and the Inc. Best Places to Work Award in 2019 and 2020. The company was ranked #1 for iOS and Android App Development by MobileAppDaily.com. The company was recently ranked Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Companies for 2020.
Job Types: Internship, Job
Jobs: UX Designer, Delivery Lead, Software Developer
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

MOKA | EMPOWERING INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES | WEST MICHIGAN
Industry: Healthcare
Website: www.moka.org

MOKA is a non-profit organization that serves individuals with disabilities in western Michigan. Our mission is to create opportunities for independence and acceptance in our communities by supporting children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities in making choices, building relationships, sharing places, developing skills, enhancing reputations and contributing back.
Job Types: Job
Jobs: Direct Support Professional (DSP), Youth
Autism Specialist – Applied Behavioral Analysis –
Children, Direct Support Professional, Direct
Support Professional, Direct Support Professional
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL OF GRAND RAPIDS
Industry: Investment / Portfolio Management
Website: www.northwesternmutual.com/internships/

Northwestern Mutual was named one of the World’s Most Admired Companies in its industry according to FORTUNE magazine’s annual survey, published January 2020. Additionally, the Fortune 500 ranking is among the most recognized measure of financial success. Our financial statements show that we maintain exceptional financial health. Northwestern Mutual has earned the highest financial strength rating awarded to any U.S. life insurer by all the major ratings agencies. Some companies only focus on insurance. Others just on investment strategies.
Our integrated approach helps build an achievable, flexible financial plan with the right mix of insurance products and investments strategies to help people attain their goals.
Job Types: Internship, Job
Jobs: Financial Advising Summer Internship
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: Sophomore, Junior & Senior

OUR DAILY BREAD MINISTRIES
Industry: Non-Profit
Website: ourdailybread.org

Our Daily Bread Ministries is a nondenominational, nonprofit organization with staff and volunteers in 37 countries working together through radio, television, DVD, podcast, book, mobile app, or website to provide material to help people grow in their relationship with God. Our distribution is to more than 60 million people in over 150 countries.
Job Types: Internship, Job
Jobs: Various
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

PHANTOM RANCH BIBLE CAMP
Industry: Religious Work
Website: phantomranch.org

Phantom Ranch is a Christian camp for 3rd-12th grade boys and girls located in Mukwonago, WI (30 miles southwest of Milwaukee). We offer paid positions and internships as cabin counselors, lifeguards, cooks, facilities, housekeeping, videographer, social media manager and area manager positions. Apply online phantomranch.org/staffapp
Job Types: Internship, Job
Jobs: Summer Camp Cabin Counselor, Summer Camp Food Service Cook, Summer Camp Staff, Summer Camp Lifeguard
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

PLANTE MORAN
Industry: Accounting
Website: www.plantemoran.com

Plante Moran is among the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms. We have 3,200+ staff across 25 locations in Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and internationally in China, India, Japan, and Mexico. We help clients around the globe make the mark, providing audit; tax; risk management; financial, technology, and business consulting; and wealth management services. We’re consistently ranked as one of Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Our culture translates into an extraordinary client experience, allowing us to attract the best talent and serve the best organizations, giving you the opportunity to grow your expertise and pave your pathway to professional excellence.
Job Types: Internship, Jobs
Jobs: Audit or Tax – Intern (2022), 2021 Track Intern
Majors: Accounting
School Years: Sophomore, Junior & Senior

QUALITY CAR WASH
Industry: Other Industries
Website: qualitywash.com

The Essenburg family established Quality Car Wash in 1969. Quality Car Wash maintains 5 locations today in West Michigan offering a variety of services in Holland and Muskegon, and coming to Grand Haven in 2021. Quality Car Wash partnered with Tim Horton’s to offer a full Cafe & Bake Shop inside Holland’s North Town location and Holland’s Waverly Location and a select line of Tim Horton’s products at Muskegon and Holland’s South Town locations. The convenience stores are clean, bright, and filled with a variety of products always competitively priced. The express car washes feature the newest technology in car washing.
Quality Car Wash is proud of the people who work for the company and one of our biggest factors to our continuing success.
Job Types: Job
Jobs: Quality Car Wash Customer Service Team Member, Holland MI, Early Morning Baking & Team Members – Tim Hortons in Quality Car Wash
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

RDV CORP
Industry: Other
Website: jobs.rdvcorp.com

Looking for an opportunity to work outside with a
great team this summer? RDV Corporation/Staffing is recruiting for multiple seasonal jobs in both Ada and Holland, MI! For more information or to apply, check out our job board: jobs.rdvcorp.com!

Job Types: Job
Jobs: Various
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

SCHERDEL SALES & TECHNOLOGY
Industry: Automotive
Website: www.scherdel.com

The SCHERDELGroup is a fast-growing, independent and family owned global spring supplier with 41 locations worldwide. The company offers an extensive portfolio, including metal forming, assembly and joining technology, machine and tool design and construction as well as surface technology. The product range is enhanced by our extensive research and development services. When dealing with customers and in its role as an employer, SCHERDEL focuses on safety, reliability, trust and continuous development. The stable sales growth and the long-term retention of staff at the company show us that we are on the right track for our future. Come grow with us!
Job Types: Job
Jobs: Electrical Engineer, Quality Engineer, Application Engineer, Process Engineer
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

SERGE
Industry: Religious Work
Website: www.serge.org

Serge is an international missions organization that sees God weaving together the frayed edges of our tattered world with His goodness, creating something beautiful.
At Serge, we believe we need the gospel as much as anyone else. It was while doing cross-cultural, team-oriented ministry that we discovered how challenging it is to be grounded in a biblical identity as sons and daughters of God so, we began to develop disciplining resources to preach the gospel to ourselves and so that we could go into the broken places of our world to reach souls, renew hearts and restore communities.
Job Types: Internship, Job, Volunteer Experience
Jobs: Serge Apprenticeship Program, Missionary Kid Teacher | Elementary and Middle & others
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

SHELTERWOOD
Industry: Non-Profit
Website: www.shelterwood.org/become-a-mentor/

Shelterwood is a Christ-centered residential treatment center for at-risk teens, located in the greater Kansas City area. We are joint-commissioned accredited to serve teens experiencing depression, anxiety, substance use, trauma, developmental and attachment focused behaviors that are impacting their relationships, education, and identity.
If you are looking to work with struggling teens, begin or further your career in social work, mental health, nonprofit or ministry, this is an excellent opportunity to gain that experience!
Shelterwood is a non-profit ministry that offers mentors a one-year paid internship, lodging & meals, excellent health benefits, and a generous PTO package.
Job Types: Internship, Job
Jobs: Shelterwood Mentor/Direct Care Staff
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: Senior

SOUNDOFF SIGNAL
Industry: Manufacturing
Website: www.soundoffsignal.com

SoundOff Signal is a growing local firm with an international base of suppliers and customers. We are a team oriented, design, manufacturer, and sales provider of emergency and commercial vehicle lighting equipment. Due to our continuing growth, we have new opportunities for energetic people. Company founder George Boerigter, transformed a small startup company into a 350+employee organization that supplies high technology safety solutions across the globe.
Job Types: Internship, Job
Jobs: Various
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

STATE OF MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH &
HUMAN SERVICES
Industry: Social Assistance
Website: www.michigan.gov/mdhhs

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is Michigan’s public assistance, child and family welfare agency. MDHHS directs the operations of five (5) psychiatric facilities, public assistance and service programs throughout the state.
Our department strives to promote better health outcomes, reduce health risks, and support stable and safe families while encouraging self-sufficiency.
Job Types: Internship, Job
Jobs: MDHHS Child Welfare Unpaid Internship
Application, Services Specialist (Child Protective
Services/Foster Care), RN Manager 12/Recruit
Majors: Various
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

THE SALVATION ARMY’S LITTLE PINE ISLAND CAMP
Industry: Non-Profit
Website: lpicamp.org

LPI Camp is owned and operated by The Salvation Army whose motivation is the love of God and a practical concern for the needs of humanity. The purpose of LPI Camp is to serve the physical, social, and spiritual needs of campers. These purposes are achieved through carefully selected staff, well-planned programs, and the highest standards of health and safety.
Job Types: Internship, Job
Jobs: Various
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

UNITED STATES NAVY
Industry: Government
Website: Navy.com

Navy Officer Programs, Navy Officer Scholarship Programs
Job Types: Job
Jobs: Naval Officer
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

VENTURE CONNECT
Industry: Transportation & Logistics
Website: www.transcorrlogistics.com

Business can be unpredictable and filled with risk. But we believe that the journey is less daunting with an expert by your side. At Venture, we partner with our clients to deeply understand their business and drive success through complete logistics solutions. From trucking to supply chain optimization, we have the assets and the know-how to help you get ahead.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Job Types: Internship, Job
Jobs: Intern, Logistics Coordinator
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: Junior & Senior

YMCA OF GREATER GRAND RAPIDS
Industry: Non-Profit
Website: www.grymca.org

When you join our team, you don’t just get a job you’ll embark on an exciting path of career development. Not only will you have the chance to help children, youth and adults of all ages reach their potential, you’ll be making a huge difference in your community as well. No matter what role you seek, you can make a valuable contribution and help transform the lives of others. If you’re the kind of person that puts people first, leads by example and holds our values of being caring, respectful and responsible, you’re a lot like us and we’d like to meet you. Simply put, a career at the Y is a career with a purpose. Inspired? Join us.
Job Types: Internship, Job
Jobs: Summer Day Camp Counselor, Before & After
School Teachers, Lifeguards
Majors: ALL MAJORS
School Years: ALL SCHOOL YEARS

We’re looking forward to the Virtual Spring Recruitment Fair on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 2:00 until 6:00 pm. If you’re an employer and would like to learn more about ways that you can hire Hope students, reach out to Kasey Petro, Assistant Director Employer Relations, at petrok@hope.edu.

Another Round of Workshops: 30 Day Challenge

Over half way through the 30 Day Challenge, two new workshops were offered. One of them encompassed the idea of personal branding. This session was led by Mary Ellen Kettelhut, a Senior Career Advisor at the Boerigter Center, as well as Haley Wilson ’16, who works in Global Talent Acquisition for Tik Tok. 

Brands are a part of all areas of our lives: in the foods we eat as a kid, the schools we attend, the organizations we work for after college, and the products we buy in our day to day lives. A brand is a promise that a product or service makes to others and can be applied to us as individuals. They can also be the people around us and the work they do as their own personal brand. The examples of Taylor Swift and Patrick Mahomes were used to start the conversation of a personal brand.

A personal brand is the conscious and intentional effort to create and influence your public perception. We do this for a few different reasons. We do this to position ourselves as an authority in our industry and to elevate our credibility and differentiate ourselves from the competition. Ultimately, we do it to advance our career, increase our circle of influence, and to have a larger impact on the world. 

Mary Ellen then walked through steps on how to create your own personal brand promise. Step one is to look at who you are, uniquely, from four perspectives. The first of these perspectives was skills – what “transferable” skills do you have, such as marketing, research, recruiting, public speaking, etc. The second was positive feedback – from friends, family, supervisors – what do other people say about you? The third was strengths, coming from the Gallup StrengthsQuest that students at Hope take to find their top five. Finally, the last perspective was values – what is foundational for you? These four perspectives go along with the worksheet that can be filled in included in the 30 Day Challenge booklet. Step two to creating your own brand promise is to reflect and find themes from all four categories, and then to construct a short and memorable personal brand promise. Consider an adjective and noun, or a five to seven word sentence. Some examples of these could be Enthusiastic Engager or I strive to put others at ease. Haley and Mary Ellen showed their worksheets filled out and how these perspectives and brand promise look in their own lives.

The third step involves spending time gathering inputs, sharing with a friend or two to gather more input about yourself, writing your promise, and trying it out and revising as you learn and grow! Mary Ellen reminds us again that ultimately, we want to leverage our personal brand promise to advance our careers, increase our circle of influence, and to have a larger impact in the world. 

The “Interviewing 101” session was kicked off by Boerigter Staff member Dale Austin who began to set the stage. When people go into interviews people really want to put their best foot forward and show off their strengths and talents that a potential employer would want to see. But, this is easier said than done. Dale talked about how many people go into “interview mode,” they tense up, and get nervous during an interview and struggle to show their best self. To help with this, Dale emphasizes two methods that help alleviate that stress, preparation, and practice. These methods help people move from interview mode to personality mode, this is where we want to be during an interview. 

Dale then introduced Bethany Florek, who currently works with Greenly and Hansen, and is the director of Human Resources. The first question that they discussed was the first big one that is asked in almost every interview. “Tell us about yourself?” As is the case with all questions, you do not want to sound like a robot when you respond, you want to let your personality shine through. At the same time, you need to maintain a level of professionalism and look like you are not just shooting from the hip. This answer to this question should tell your story, and let the employer know a little bit about you. This is not just listing your resume, where you were born, etc., this is where you also begin to show the employer your personality, traits, and strengths. It is important to make sure that these are traits that are connected to the job you are applying for!

Dale and Bethany next talked about two common interview questions, what are some strengths and weaknesses. With strengths, Bethany mentions how it is important to not just list basic strengths with no explanation. You should have strengths that are going to help connect you with the position you are applying for, and you should be able to explain why you have this strength, maybe an example, and why it is important. When it comes to weaknesses, it is important to be genuine! We all have weaknesses, do not pretend that you do not. With this question, you should really think deeply and have a conversation with yourself. It is important to look for weaknesses, and then be able to posture them in a positive light and show how they are achieving. This is also not a place to be brutally honest and give details that will be detrimental to your chances of getting the position!

Next, the two discussed some strategies for virtual interviews and some of the advantages and challenges of doing an interview online. Virtual interviews actually help to take away some nerves that an in-person interview causes. You do not have to worry about parking, getting early, etc. But at the same time, those are being replaced by things like technology problems, not having a charger, figuring out Zoom. In order to prevent these problems, it is important to make a checklist for yourself! It is important to do everything you can do to be professional and impressive to the employer. 

For the next portion of the session, two Boerigter Staff members put on a mock interview that was critiqued by Bethany to show live some slip-ups that people commonly have. 

Next week is the last week of the 30-Day Challenge. There will be one session on Tuesday with the goal of helping prepare people for the career fair on Wednesday! Be sure to tune into the session next week, and sign up on Handshake for the career fair!

So You Made a Networking Profile…Now What?: 30 Day Challenge

One of this week’s sessions was on networking profiles and what to do with them once you have one set up. This event was hosted by Megan Schedlt from the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career as well as Kelly Wolters ‘19 and current Digital Marketing Specialist at Herman Miller. 

The three networking sites discussed during the session were LinkedIn, Handshake, and The Hope College Connection. LinkedIn at the individual level can help with job search and connections for professional networking. For companies LinkedIn is useful for recruiting and sharing information about their company with prospective employees. If you look up Hope College on LinkedIn you can find people all throughout the nation and connect or message with them in order to create connections. Handshake can be used for job, internship, and volunteer searches, but also for networking. Employers use it for career events and looking for future employees. The Hope College Connection is specifically for Hope students and alumni. Students can connect with alumni or parents of Hope students and find mentorship opportunities as well as connections. 

Why network? Networking can help you to gain access to a lot of opportunities that can benefit you. It can also help you learn from real professionals about experience in your desired field of work. Lastly, it helps build your confidence by putting yourself out there to meet people and make lasting connections. 

Informational interviews are the first step to creating connections and expanding your network. To get this interview you should reach out by emailing or messaging them. Introduce yourself, clearly ask for what you are looking for, put something interesting to hook them into wanting to meet you, and follow up as well as be considerate to them. Give them a week or so to respond and if they haven’t responded by then you can reach out again to ask, but as before be gracious! Once you have an interview you should do basic research so you know about their company and field and come prepared with questions. Lastly, cement the connection. Follow up and thank them for their time and help, you can ask if they would mentor you or just ask them if you can stay connected in the future.

30 Day Challenge: Personal Finance

This week’s 30 Day Challenge had one session focused on Personal Finance. This session was hosted by Doug Iverson from the Department of Economics and Business as well as Amanda Root from The Boerigter Center for Calling and Career. 

In our lives all of us will most likely invest in something whether it is a 401k, a downpayment for a house, your children’s education. Most individuals don’t understand these things, so it is important that we educate ourselves early on and don’t until it is too late to start investing. The first topic discussed was identifying our risk profile. What risks are you willing to take when you invest? The point of knowing our own profile is to help us decide what type of investments we would like to take, so be aware of where you are. Iverson recommends that you find more of a happy medium where you aren’t constantly stressed because you risked a lot, but you risk enough to get a return on your investment.

Opening a bank account is the foundation for our financial lives and establishes a relationship with a financial institution. Setting up a budget is the next step to organize our financial lives and when doing this it is very important to leave wiggle room for unexpected turns in our lives. Expenses for so many things need to be accounted for here like: clothes, food, bills, down payments on cars or homes, and student loan payments. Taxes consume a lot of our money and need to be accounted for when doing this. Staying disciplined and following your budget is very important and difficult. As you continue through life budgets will change and adapt and become more fit to your lifestyle specifically. 

Start saving money! If you start saving money at 20 versus 50 years old there is a difference of over four million dollars compounded. The earlier you start saving for things like retirement the better. Finance in marriage should be a discussion where you budget together and both understand what financial decisions you want to make based on each of your own risk profiles. When making financial goals think about short term, intermediate, and long term goals. Finances can be tricky to navigate so make sure to get educated on them and have help to plan, budget, and set goals so that when the time comes you have the financial resources available to feel financially secure!