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!
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
GreenMark Equipment – Marketing Intern
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!”
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!”
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!”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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
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 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 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 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 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
“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
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
“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
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 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
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 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)
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
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 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
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
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 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
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
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 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 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 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 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
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
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
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 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 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 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
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!
In the second week of the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career’s 30-Day Challenge, there were two different workshops, one about Diversity and Inclusion within the workplace, and the second was about the process of major discernment. The major discernment session was hosted by three different BCCC staff members. Amy Freehafer and Yoli Vega who are both Career Advisors at the BCCC, and Katie James who is currently a senior at Hope as serves as a Career Ambassador.
The presentation started with some questions and facts about major discernment. Yoli shared the fact that the average Hope student changes their major three times throughout their time at Hope! Amy then talked about three major factors that should be at play when you are beginning to discern what your calling is. The first is figuring what you love, or what are your interests, the second is thinking about what you are good at, and the last is considering what does the world need and what can you share with the world. These three different ways of “listening to your life” all work together to help determine what you might find to be your calling. Throughout this process, it is important to remember that discernment is a big thing! Each person goes about it in their own way, maybe you will find a major you are passionate about and need to find a job, or have a job you want and need to find a major. All of these and any other ways you go about figuring out your calling are valid!
Amy then went into the Gallup StrengthsQuest assessment that each Hope student take upon the beginning of their time on campus. Amy outlined the different things that are in your StrengthsQuest assessment and the different takeaways that you can get from that document. She also mentioned some of the options that are offered at the Boerigter Center and pointed students to some links on the website. These links provide access to information about the different fields that Hope students could be considering.
Next Katie talked about her experience at Hope and how she has used DegreeWorks on plus.hope.edu to think about her degree path. In DegreeWorks, you are able to look through a potential major, and look at the classes that you would need to take in order to get a degree in that field.
Yoli then introduced students to the newest assessment tool that the BCCC is using, PathwayU. This tool has four different assessments that students can take, interests, personality, values, and workplace preferences. Then after taking these you are able to get feedback about potential careers or other parts of your life so you are able to better understand yourself and ways you may go forward!
To end the presentation, Yoli went through the process to schedule appointments with Boerigter Center staff on Handshake! With any of the topics addressed in the Major Discernment session of the 30-Day challenge feel free to reach out to the BCCC to set up a time to talk!
Another one of this week’s 30 Day Challenge workshops was focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace. The session was led by Rose Rodriguez and Jevon Willis. They began by defining diversity, equity, and inclusion which helped the listeners to understand the differences between each word, because they can easily be grouped together and not thought about individually. The goal of these three things is really to create equity, which meets each individual’s specific needs, and to create an environment where everyone at the table has equal access to power and offering input. It is easy to have a lot of diverse people in a room, but the goal is that everyone in that room would feel like they belong there.
The advantages to attaining these three components in the workplace are plentiful. It creates stronger business results/profits, a larger talent pool, a variety of perspectives, increased creativity, increased productivity, and a global impact. Customers themselves are diverse, so having a team that is diverse provides more insight into how to reach all different realms of customers. One significant statistic that was shown during the workshop was that there is a 95% higher return on equity with diverse boards than homogenous boards. Workplaces are evolving, but there is a long way to go.
In order to make progress we need to be educated and be willing to speak up about it. As college students we’ve experienced different classes or internships during which a lot of us have probably seen or experienced being uncomfortable due to a difference in gender, age, or a belief. We should make sure we know who we can turn to in situations like this in order to make the situation right. We have the right to: Work Free of Discrimination, Work Free of Harassment, Complain about Job Discrimination without Punishment, Request Workplace Changes for Your Religion or Disability, and to Keep our Medical Information Private. Being aware of these will help to enforce them in future work settings and help to make a difference.
The Boerigter Center for Calling and Career is back into the swing of second semester with the kickoff of its 30 Day Challenge! The 30 Day Challenge, similar to Career Camp that was held in the Fall semester, is another opportunity put on by the BCCC that exposes students to more ways to prepare themselves for internships, jobs, graduate school, or whatever comes next in their journey. The challenge runs through February culminating in the annual Career Fair on February 24th.
This week’s session was titled “You on Paper,” and focused on how we as students can demonstrate our personal brand and experience through resumes and CV’s. The session was hosted by Megan Scheldt, who works with for the Boerigter Center, and Keegan Aguilera `12, who is a Divisional Director at Beacon Hill Staffing.
Megan started the session off by briefly introducing the two different ways that students may have to demonstrate their experience on paper, resumes and CV’s. She explained that a resume is a shorter, one-page document that is commonly used to demonstrate one’s work, leadership, or other experiences in a quick and efficient manner. These are generally going to be required by internships and other jobs that students will be applying for. A CV, or Curriculum Vitae, is a longer document, generally, more than two pages that go in-depth on a person’s experience in things like research, experiences, education, certifications, etc. A CV is more commonly used when applying for graduate school, health-related industries, or international job.
After explaining the two different methods, the hosts explained the importance of personal branding through these documents. The point of a resume or CV is to demonstrate to potential employers who you are, what your personality is, and what you can bring to the table. Students were encouraged to keep their own brand in mind and to let this show when they are designing their resume. If you are a design major, don’t let your resume be just text on a page! Let your talent show here!
Keegan then gave some advice on bullet point writing, and how important these are when someone is reviewing a resume. Keegan outlined three important things for bullet points, be specific, use I statements and take ownership of your work, as well as use relevant information that applies to the position that you are targeting.
All in all, the session proved to be full of useful information for students to use when they are beginning their journey into internships, jobs, and graduate school. The 30 Day Challenge picks up next week on Tuesday with students having the opportunity to pick between two sessions. The first session is about major discernment, and the second is about diversity and inclusion within the workplace! There will be four more weeks of the 30 Day Challenge with sessions taking place each week at 11 AM! If you are interested or would like more information, reach out to email@example.com!
An official update from The Boerigter Center for Calling and Career | Fall 2020
The fall semester of 2020 has been a semester unlike any other at Hope College. It has been a season for us to adapt and find new ways to connect with students, alumni, and employers. With a lot of creativity, the Boerigter team found new ways to serve our students and live out our mission.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS FALL
100% VIRTUAL OPERATIONS: In preparation for the fall semester, the college sought every opportunity to limit the number of people on campus so student learning could take the highest priority. Having seen success with video-conference 1:1 appointments and events in April, we were optimistic that we could still serve students and run events with all staff working remotely. It worked. Our appointment numbers were actually 6% higher in September and October of 2020 as compared to the same months in 2019.
USE OUR SPACE: With all staff working remotely, we made the bold decision to open up our desks and conference rooms for students. It was an instant hit. Students looking for a quiet space to study found a welcoming office, decorated with pictures of staff and instructional posters for how to get in touch with us and use our various software platforms.
CAREER CAMP: The pandemic’s impact on the economy kept us closely watching the job market. Knowing that jobs and internships might be harder to find, we launched a new initiative in September to engage students early and nudge them to be proactive in career preparation. “Career Camp” attracted 276 students (mostly juniors and seniors) to multiple virtual workshops and an intensive résumé review process. Many of our faculty members made these events required for students in their classes.
RECRUITING: We launched our first-ever virtual recruiting fair this fall and attracted 40 employers to host online meetings with our students. While we missed the energy of our typical large in-person event, we found that the virtual format attracted more out-of-state employers and allowed for more focused conversations.
STUDENT/ALUMNI EVENTS: Our Hope College Connection Live! events became virtual events as well this fall, but we found our alumni and students to be no less engaged. We held workshops on targeted topics, such as job negotiations and onboarding, and we held events featuring alumni who have followed career tracks in international relations and the arts.
INSTAGRAM: We added to our social media outreach this semester by launching an Instagram account – one of the more popular apps for our students. We started in August and just surpassed 100 posts and 283 followers. Follow us @hopecareer!
TARGETED SOFTWARE TRAINING: What started as an idea 12 months ago has now become a thriving student program. On November 30, we launched our second cohort of a certification training program in Tableau, a popular data analytics and visualization tool. Deliberately timed to coincide with the semester break, we have 50+ students who are eager to complete the required hours of online training to enhance their résumé with a Tableau Analyst badge.
COMING NEXT SEMESTER
CFL INTEGRATION: We are extremely excited to welcome Hope College’s Center for Leadership (CFL) to become a part of the Boerigter Center starting in January. Since 2006, CFL has a strong track record of preparing students for the future through the leadership minor, student consulting operations, and leadership development workshops. Becoming a part of the Boerigter Center will connect CFL’s unique experiential learning programs to Hope’s core career preparation initiatives. In addition, we hope to elevate the topic of leadership to be a more prominent educational track for all students.
30 DAY CHALLENGE: Following the model of our successful Career Camp program, we will be offering a new program in January and February to assist additional students in career preparation activities. New workshops and more résumé reviews will prepare our students for our next recruiting fair in late February.
EMPLOYER ADVISORY COUNCIL: Later this coming spring, we are planning to convene a group of leaders from our key recruiting partners. Our hope is to create a forum to keep Hope College in sync with industry needs and educational expectations as the job market evolves and changes.
INTERACTIVE “WHERE WILL YOU GO?” DISPLAY: A team of computer science students has been working with us this fall to design an interactive app showing alumni whereabouts, featured stories, and job openings. We plan to feature this app on a large touch-screen monitor in the lobby of the Boerigter Center by the end of the spring semester.
NEW IDEA TAKING SHAPE
OFFICE SPACE EXPANSION: Earlier this year, Hope decided to designate the lower level of the DeWitt Center (the former Kletz) as an expansion space for the Boerigter Center and the new home of the Center for Leadership and the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement. Given the overlapping work of our offices, we envision many ways in which this new space can become a hub for leading, launching, and lifelong learning. We are in the early stages of design work and fundraising, and we are very excited to make this a place for students, alumni, and employers to connect.
Want to learn more about the Boerigter Center? Contact our Executive Director Shonn Colbrunn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
As we wind down after a crazy semester, which we are lucky enough to have finished in person, we know that the majority of students are excited for break. The sleeping in, the empty to-do list, and the lack of deadlines are all extremely exciting. But even as we get excited for a reprieve from college life, there are five ways we would like to encourage you to have a healthy and productive break!
Rest and Relax
We are sure this goes without saying for most of you, but take some me-time! We’ve all been stressed with a condensed semester. Sleep that extra hour (or four), binge-watch The Mandalorian, eat some good food, and just relax for a bit. It’s difficult to be productive in a stressful environment, so take advantage of the break as a way to reset yourself both mentally and physically. It’s a long break too, so we’re sure that even in the midst of any holiday cheer that may be occurring you can find some time to put your feet up and play a round of Among Us.
Focus on Relationships
With this new spike in Covid-19 cases, it will be more important than ever to limit in person contact, but make sure you do not isolate yourself. Focusing on your positive relationships will be helpful for your mental health! Watch a movie with your loved ones, maybe try to learn a new game and play it with your parents (Cribbage is a good one), or find ways to connect with your friends virtually! With a long break it will be so easy to just disconnect with your Hope friends, but make sure you send that text, get conversations going in a GroupMe that has been silent due to semester stress, or set up a time to play games over Google Meet. Don’t isolate yourself, others want social interaction as much as you need it so reach out and focus on those relationships (while staying safe and socially distant)!
Catch Up On Helpful Content
Over the course of this fall semester the Boerigter Center has produced some great content! We know that in the hectic, shortened format of the semester it may have been difficult to take it all in; so, we have some great news for you! All of our Career Camp content has been recorded and can be accessed at this link! And this link has more than just recordings, it has transcripts of the sessions, a fantastic guidebook with activities, and resume examples. So if you are feeling like you have some time to work on your next best step, look through our Career Camp content!
So much of the professional world is all about connections, and so we hope that you will use part of your break to work on those! This is what The Hope College Connection is for. You can get to The Hope College Connection by going to connection.hope.edu and creating your account. Once you have been approved, you can begin looking through a database of Hope alumni from all around the world and a variety of fields who have joined to help students in some way. You can find people to give you resume advice, networking advice, career advice, and so much more! Take the time to set up an account over break. And if you don’t feel quite ready to start connecting when you first get in, bookmark alumni who you would be interested in talking with so you can come back to them later!
Gear Up for Spring
Throughout all this, remember to recharge and prep for the spring semester. We have some great opportunities that we will be offering for the spring semester and so be sure to look out for those! But more importantly, know that we recognize that being a student is a full-time commitment and that we want to support you in any way possible so feel free to reach out for an appointment if you need help finding that internship you must have to graduate, cleaning up a resume, or practicing interviewing. We want to support you and feel prepared for whatever this next semester may hold for you.
We hope that you will stay safe and healthy so that when January hits Hope College will again echo with the sounds of students on the way to class and hanging out around campus. Stay healthy and productive!