WINTERIM

/ What is Winterim?

Winterim is a Holland Christian High School learning experience during the first school week of January that gives students an opportunity to explore subjects outside of the traditional curriculum, so that they can be exposed to new ideas, potential careers, and lifetime skills. Students choose between taking two mini-courses or participating in an internship.

/ Ways to Help

In order to make this an exquisite experience we are in the process of recruiting community members to participate. Here are some options you have to help make a difference in students’ lives this Winteirm:

  • Teach a mini-course – the subject matter could be related to your profession or to a hobby or personal interest that you are passionate about (3 hours per day for one week)
  • Serve as a guest lecturer in another teacher’s class
  • Provide an internship or job shadow experience for a student(s) at your workplace
  • Volunteer to be a van or bus driver for students to get to off-site venues

Have a question or want to help? Contact the high school office at hs@hollandchristian.org

 / Internships

A portion of the Winterim program is open only to juniors and seniors: off-campus “practice” work experiences with real employers so that students can gain first-hand experience with a possible career pathway. A placement like this could help a student decide what to do after high school graduation – or what not to do.

Have a question? Contact Lydia Frens, Internship Director, at lfrens@hollandchristian.org.

Internship Links for Students & Parents:

Available Internships

Available Placements
Internship Category
Company Name
Internship Description
TAKENAccountingJR Automation*Learn how to keep financial accounts in a corporate setting
1AccountingAukema & Company, P.C.Learn how to keep financial accounts for clients
1AdvertisingWHTC/Van 92.7Digital Display Advertising, Data Entry, Commercial Copywriting, Commercial Design for online broadcasting
6AgricultureDykhuis FarmsDepending on student interest, internship will include:
*Care for newborn piglets
*Learn how to provide routine procedures like giving shots to piglets
*Learn about internal and external biosecurity for a commercial sow farm
*Understand how to ensure animal welfare and food safety
*Learn about record keeping
*Participate in daily chores
-Student can be placed on the best farm to get the specific experience he or she would like.
-Students will be required to shower at the farm and wear farm provided clothing just like our employees do.
TAKENArchitectureGMB Architecture & Engineering
TAKENArchitecture/EngineeringProgressive AE
TAKENArtJoel Schoon-TanisWork with a fine artist (painter); web skills are a plus
TAKENArtHolland Area Arts Council
1Art/CartooningGooGenius (The Cartoon Company)*Interdisciplinary experience includes: marketing, communication, graphic design, drawing animation; what it's like to freelance; help to host a drawing club, use cartooning and graffiti to train employees and simplify complex concepts.
1Art EducationHolland Christian Middle SchoolMiddle school art: be involved in preparation and example making, project development, grading, display, and basic organization of a classroom
TAKENAthletic DirectorHope College
1Athletic TrainerHolland Christian High SchoolSee how athletic trainers collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
TAKENAthletic TrainerHope College
TAKENAutomotive Service TechnicianWalcott AutomotiveIf you like to work with you hands, come and learn about a tangible, instant gratification job that will always be in demand. Diagnose and repair cars and light trucks. See a different model of how a personalized auto shop works.
TAKENBiology/ResearchHope CollegeWork on "Microbial Communities in the Lake Macatawa Watershed" research project. Collect and process samples, analyze data, and sit in on an overview class.
TAKENBiochemical ResearchHope College
TAKENBroadcasting1450 WHTC/VAN 92.7Learn about "on air," sales, production, commercials, sports broadcasting
TAKENBroadcasting WJQ/Lanser BroadcastingIntern will learn about behind-the-scenes and on-air aspects of radio broadcasting. Accompany Roger Allen as he broadcasts live from an HCHS game, and then experience the "in studio" function during another game.
TAKENBusinessSunrise Surf Shop (FL)All aspects of the business including retail
1Business AdministrationBack to Health ChiropracticExperience the day-to-day operations of a busy chiropractic office, from scheduling to insurance
1Business AdministrationParkhurst Chiropractic & Wellness CenterGet a look at the behind-the-scenes business operations of a busy chiropractic office
TAKENBusiness Administration/DevelopmentOutdoor Discovery CenterLearn how this non-profit organization raises funds and conducts day-to-day business such as marketing, human resources, social media, and administration
1Business/Analysis TeamRutherford and AssociatesTo understand customer requirements and design solutions
1Business/Restaurant OwningThe Trestle Stop RestaurantRestaurant owning/managing, in-house baking, wedding reception planning
1Business/SalesTransmatic
1ChiropracticBack to Health Chiropractic
3Church PlantingCentral Wesleyan ChurchLearn what it takes to start a new church in Grand Rapids.
TAKENCommunicationsCrossroads Prison MInistriesAssist with design, layout, content creation/editing print, social and visual media
1CommunicationsRidge Point Community ChurchPublications/Website: Learn how to create content and use technical know-how to develop and maintain web site and other forms of electronic communication
1 TAKEN; 5 AVAILABLEConstruction Management/General ContractingGDK ConstructionCommercial construction is an exciting field and we need more high school and college graduates to join this industry! That means if you want a good paying and fun job someday, you should check out commercial construction. This introduction internship will consist of ½ time in the field learning to read prints and construction specifications along with learning about project safety and constructability. This will give you a flavor for what it is like to be a Field Superintendent. The other ½ of the time will be spent in the office with our Project Managers learning bidding, project management, scheduling and contract administration.
TAKENCulinaryHolland Rescue Mission
2Curriculum (Bible studies for prisoners) ProcessingCrossroads Prison MInistriesStudents will see how prison inmates (very different worldview) think about Biblical truths. Enjoy lots of interaction with our wonderful office volunteers while sorting and reviewing Bible Study lessons completed by prisoners, preparing and packaging Bible Study lessons for shipment to prisoners, and assisting with mail processing and basic data entry.
1DentalShoreline Family DentalThis internship would be appropriate for anyone considering a career in dentistry
or working with patients in any health care related profession. Shadow a dentist to observe the diagnose and treatment of problems with teeth and tissues in the mouth, along with giving advice and administering care to help prevent future problems; provide instruction on diet, brushing, flossing, the use of fluorides, and other aspects of dental care.
1DentalCenterstone Family DentistryJob shadow a dentist to observe the diagnose and treatment of problems with teeth and tissues in the mouth, along with giving advice and administering care to help prevent future problems; provide instruction on diet, brushing, flossing, the use of fluorides, and other aspects of dental care.
1Design/Industrial IDa DesignLooking for a design leaning student(s) who likes the idea of learning how furniture is conceived and brought to market. Learn how industrial designers get inspired, ideate, collaborate, create models in CAD, render photorealistic imaging of concepts, and create actual models from foam core to 3D printing.
Put your talent to work by trying your hand at some or all of the above.
1Design/TrendsIDa DesignLearn all about the publishing of Lumen (IDa Design's trend report). Looking for a design leaning student(s) who loves staying up-to-date on global trends and fads and writing about them and/or putting together a trend board.
Learn how we mine social media, design blogs and other sources to stay abreast of social design trends and how we use these sources in the creation of Lumen – blending images with text. Put your talent to work by trying your hand at some or all of the above.
TAKENDietaryCreative Dining Services
1Education/Children's GardenBlandford Nature Center (in Grand Rapids)Help plan out our children's garden. We have a space in our fields that we cultivate specifically for educational purposes. There are a series of raised beds that an intern could assess and come up with a garden plan for that space.
8Education/Children's MinistryCentral Wesleyan ChurchLead and teach preschool and elementary age students.
4Education/Children's MinistryRidge Point Community Church
TAKEN Early Childhood EducationLearning Tree Montessori
TAKENEducation/KindergartenRose Park Christian School
TAKENEducation/First GradeZeeland Christian School
1Education/Sixth GradeRose Park Christian School
TAKENEducation/Eighth GradeZeeland Christian School
1 TAKEN; 3 AVAILABLEEducation/Mandarin Chinese ImmersionZeeland Christian SchoolWork with a Mandarin immersion teacher to learn how he or she teaches elementary students in all subjects without using English.
1Education/Middle School MathHolland Christian Middle School
TAKENEducation/Middle School P.E., BibleHCMS
1Education/MusicHolland Christian Elementary & Middle SchoolsOrchestra teacher divides time between HC elementary and middle schools. Student must have driver's license and access to a car during Winterim to drive to various schools.
2Education/Spanish ImmersionZeeland Christian SchoolWork with a Spanish immersion teacher to learn how he or she teaches elementary students in all subjects without using English.
TAKENEducation/OutdoorOttawa County Parks and Recreation’s Nature Education Center (NEC)Assist in a variety of school and public programs with participants of most ages; create an educational hands-on activity or poster for the Nature Center; and learn about the inner workings, challenges and adventures of a county run nature center.
TAKENEducation/OutdoorOutdoor Discovery CenterAssist with animal care, outdoor programming, and creating curriculum and activities for students and adults to learn about and appreciate the great out-of-doors.
TAKENEducation/Outdoor & HistoricalDeGraaf Nature CenterHelp with school groups, preschool classes, animal care, and a media project. Closed Mondays.
1Education/Social WorkEscape MinistriesAt ESCAPE Ministries we want to help students finish high school. We recognized that so many young adults in our community were getting suspended, or expelled, falling behind and eventually dropping out of school. In partnership with local schools, Escape developed the Alternative Suspension Accountability Program (A.S.A.P.) which provides a safe learning environment for students who have been suspended or expelled from a traditional educational setting. Our primary focus is academic, however we also address goal setting, behavior management, career exploration, and community service. With these additional focuses, students are prepared to return to their original place of learning and encouraged toward future success.
serEducation/Youth Services/MentoringHispanic Center of West Michigan (in Grand Rapids)Assist Spanish speaking/bilingual middle school students with homework
1ElectronicsFleetwood Group
Fleetwood has an exciting opportunity to learn more about the world of wireless electronics! This opportunity will give you the chance to work hands-on with engineering and operations to see how wireless communication improves our everyday lives. There are many devices today that communicate invisibly that help the world work more efficiently, safely, and effectively.
1EngineeringGentex
TAKENEngineering/Civil or Electrical or MechanicalGMB Architecture & Engineering
TAKENEngineering/ComputerRutherford and AssociatesTo code in C# the actual solutions
1Engineering/Computer and Information TechnologyWHTC/Van 92.7
1Engineer/ComputerWJQ/Lanser Broadcasting
Gone are the "old" broadcasting days: we're now in the computer age, and there is a significant shortage of computer engineers in the broadcasting field. If you tend to be "techy,"this is your chance to test drive a career with your in-high-demand skill set and interests.
TAKENEngineering, Controls/DesignJR Automation
2 TAKEN; 1 REMAININGEngineering/Machine Design, Electronics, Manufacturing, Product Development, Project ManagementDisher DesignExplore careers in a variety of engineering disciplines; Disher will try to customize in any of these areas based on student interest
TAKENEngineering/Manufacturing AutomationKoops, Inc. (Manufacturing Automation Engineering)Debugging and testing machines to make sure they will work properly. Should enjoy working with your hands and trouble shooting. Students will be operating light equipment, drills, taps, hammers; will be working the majority of the time on the shop floor. Student will learn about three areas of engineering: mechanical, controls, and launch. http://www.koops.com
TAKENEngineering/MechanicalJMS Incorporated
TAKEN (2 Placements)Engineering/Software DevelopmentSpin DanceAt least 1 of the 2 interns should have some programming experience, and the other intern the interest to learn it.
1Facilities/MaintenanceRidge Point Community ChurchGeneral building repairs; maintenance of building safety and security alarm systems, and heating, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical and lighting systems
2 AVAILABLE; 1 TAKENFilm/Video ProductionCentral Wesleyan Church
1FinanceTransmatic
1Graphic DesignBlandford Nature Center (in Grand Rapids)Aid in the creation of an interpretive brochure that visitors could use to understand more about the history of the farm. We get a lot of visitors who aren't sure how to interact in the space, and this project would help solve that. The brochure would correlate to farm signage that we are already working on, and will be installed at various farm buildings/locations.
4HospitalityCentral Wesleyan ChurchFind out how a church provides hospitality to connect first time guests
1Human ResourcesJR Automation
1Human ResourcesYangfeng
1Human ResourcesTransmatic
TAKENInformation TechnologyEgltechComputer & Network Support
3Information TechnologyMeijer CorporateIn Grand Rapids
1Information TechnologyTransmatic
1Interior DesignPortobello Road In Grand Rapids; http://www.portobelloroad.us/
TAKEN Interior DesignKlingmans of HollandExperience will focus on design side, the business side, or a blend of the two, depending on student's interests.
TAKEN Interior DesignLori Haverdink Interior Design, LLCWork with an interior designer to assist residential and commercial clients to make homes and work spaces functional and beautiful.
TAKEN JournalismWood TV 8
PENDINGLaw EnforcementOttawa County Sheriff's Office
1 AVAILABLE; 1 TAKENLaw-related/InterdisciplinaryMediation ServicesThis placement could benefit a student with an interest in mediation (intervention in a dispute in order to help the people involved solve it), conflict resolution, and the court system, and could give you a glimpse into a career in law, the ministry, sociology, social work, psychology or communications.
TAKEN Legal/Corporate LawJR AutomationWork with corporate attorneys to find out how they protect their company by - among other things - negotiating agreements with customers, implementing immigration law for employees, resolving disputes and addressing confidentiality concerns.
1Legal/Immigration LawLaw Office of Orlando A. Gamarra (in Arlington, VA)Learn about immigration law by interning at a law firm in Arlington, VA, and practice your Spanish language skills at the same time. Depending on intern's comfort level, student may write and speak with clients in Spanish. The student wouldn't need to be fluent. Students who have completed at least two years of Spanish in high school, and did fairly well should be OK.
1Machine AssemblyKoops, Inc. (Manufacturing Automation Engineering)Working with our assembly team to assemble machinery. Should enjoy working with your hands. Students will be operating light equipment, drills, taps, hammers; will be working the majority of the time on the shop floor. http://www.koops.com
1MachiningJR AutomationMachine building
1Make-up ArtsMerle Norman
1Manufacturing Management/Continuous ImprovementYangfeng
1Manufacturing Management/MaterialsYangfeng
1Manufacturing Management/ProductionYangfeng
1Market ResearchM&M Mars Collaborative research project experience open to 2-4 interns. Students to talk with Mrs. Frens in person if interested in this internship. Email to schedule a time: lfrens@hollandchristian.org
2Marketing/Brand MarketingMeijer CorporateVideo Production, Broadcast Producer and In-Store Digital
TAKENMedical/Geriatrics Resthaven MaplewoodsObserve all of the following: nursing, medical doctor, dietary, occupational therapy, physical therapy, rec therapy, administration & leadership, social work
TAKENMedical/E.R. PhysicianHolland Hospital Emergency Department
TAKENMedical/E.R. NurseHolland Hospital Emergency DepartmentWork 2nd shift (7 a.m. - 7 p.m.) with this E.R. nurse Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday of Winterim. If you prefer, some day shift hours can be scheduled with this host's co-workers, and then work fewer night hours.
1Medical/ResearchMSU Department of Family Medicine (in Grand Rapids)Compile information on how the Millenial Generation's preferences will shape future healthcare finance and structure; chmfamilymedicine.msu.edu/
TAKENMedical/Nurse: Surgical/Pediatric FocusHolland Hospital
TAKENMedical/Nurse: Joint Replacements & Stroke PatientsHolland Hospital
TAKENMedical/Nurse Practitioner: Obstetrics & GynegologySpectrum Health Medical GroupFemale student only
TAKENMedical/Nurse Practitioner: PediatricsGrandville PediatricsShadow a professional who specializes in children and their diseases while she spends one-on-one time with patients, treating common illnesses and listening to descriptions of symptoms, just as pediatric physicians might do. Schedule is 8-5 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
TAKENMedical/NurseHolland HospitalAmbulatory Treatment Unit: Medication infusions/injections for many different diagnoses, blood transfusions, central line care, and therapeutic phlebotomies. Cardiac Catheterization Lab: Patients come here who are undergoing an invasive procedure such as cardiac catheterization or interventional radiology procedure. Wound Care Program: Acute or chronic wounds are cared for here for both outpatients and inpatients.
TAKENMedical/Family PhysicianLakewood Family Medicine
ALL TAKEN; 3 PlacementsMedical/PhysicianHelen DeVos Children's Hospital (Spectrum) - Grand Rapids
TAKENMedical/PhysicianHolland Hospital Lakeshore Health Partners: Holland Hospital (located in Zeeland)
TAKENMedical/Physician/Urgent Care
TAKENMedical/RadiologyHolland Community Hospital
6Middle School MinistryRidge Point Community ChurchCoordinate time with middle school students for the purposes of worship, education, volunteer work and community outreach
10MilitaryUnited States ArmyGet an inside look at military recruitment and what happens at a U.S. Army Reserve Center. Students under 18 must have parental consent.
1Motor Sports RepairPremier Motor Sports Industries, Inc.Work on snowmobiles, ATV's, motorcycles learning about engine rebuilds, clutch work
1Natural Resources ManagementOttawa County ParksWork with our natural resources crew to help remove woody invasive species in the field. Although, because of the time of year, this internship does not provide opportunities to work directly with wildlife, it would provide good experiences in wildlife management as invasive plant species negatively impact a whole natural community of plants and animals.
1OrthodonticsGeorge Orthodontics
TAKENPhysical Therapy Full Potential
TAKENPhysical Therapy Excel-R-ation Physical TherapyOutpatient orthopedic setting where intern may see patients with chronic pain, various post-surgical cases (meniscal and ACL repairs, total knee replacement, rotator cuff repair, shoulder replacement), overuse injuries, and other cases of musculoskeletal nature. Note: PT setting is orthopedics as opposed to inpatient, neurology, pediatrics.
TAKENPhysical Therapy Holland HospitalObserve physical therapy in an outpatient orthopedic setting. We treat patients with general orthopedic conditions, including sports injuries, post-surgery, acute injuries, and chronic pain. Patient population includes adolescents through elderly. Students have the opportunity to directly observe patient care, and learn about the profession and education required to become a physical therapist. Shadow four different physical therapists based at South Washington (Holland) Rehab.
TAKENPhysical Therapy Holland HospitalObserve physical therapy in an outpatient orthopedic setting. We treat patients with general orthopedic conditions, including sports injuries, post-surgery, acute injuries, and chronic pain. Patient population includes adolescents through elderly. Students have the opportunity to directly observe patient care, and learn about the profession and education required to become a physical therapist. (North side Holland/Shoreline location)
1Physical Therapy Metro Health Physical Therapy (in Grand Rapids)Shadow a professional P.T. while he helps people with physical injuries or developmental impairments to regain range of movement and control pain. Observe process of determining the root causes of trauma, counseling patients, and working with them to create a plan for rehabilitation.
1Plumbing/pneumaticJR Automation
TAKENPoliticsU.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga's OfficeIn Wash. D.C.
1PoliticsCampaign Resource Group (in Grand Rapids)Overview political experience that may include things like spending time with a campaign and fund raising consulting group, a legislative office in Lansing, with a lobbyist or government affairs person, and working at one of the county parties.
1PurchasingJR Automation
1PurchasingTransmatic
1Quality AssuranceRutherford and AssociatesTo validate the changes are functional and safe
1Real Estate/MarketingFive Star Real Estate1. Building print material
2. What we look for with digital photography and how we use software to touch up.
3. The use of web pages and URLs in promotion.
4. Research of today's best marketing tools for real estate with the best return on investment.
TAKENReal Estate/SalesHome Reality LakeshoreLearn the real estate sales business by going with Luke Bouman and the agents on his team to appointments with buyers and sellers.
1Robotics/Research & DevelopmentJR Automation
TAKENSocial WorkPositive OptionsIntern must be 18. Work with pregnant moms as appropriate. May include exposure to ultrasound technology, if interested. Complete small projects throughout the week, for example, updating a resource book for clients. Help clients shop for maternity and baby clothes in on-site store. Witness one-on-one pre-natal classes. Receive staff training on pregnancy center ministry.
TAKENSocial Work/Family Support ServicesHispanic Center of Western Michigan (in Grand Rapids)Help to provide food, mental health services, and workplace, parenting, and medical support
TAKENSocial Work/EducationBoys and Girls Club (Holland North)Work directly with elementary and/or middle school age students to inspire and empower them in a variety of ways. Opportunities include homework help, one-on-one tutoring for those who need it most, and providing a positive influence through interactions in the game room. Additional opportunities to assist with programs in the art room, gym or library are also available depending on intern's interest.
TAKENSocial Work/EducationBoys and Girls Club (Holland South)
BOTH TAKENSocial Work/Foster CareBethany Christian ServicesFoster care, adoption, foster home licensing; will also receive information on domestic infant adoption, refugee and clinical services
1Social Work/Special NeedsBenjamin's Hope - Benjamin's Hope is home to 25 adults with a range of intellectual and developmental differences, including autism.Work with residents in the Life Enrichment program to offer meaningful weekday engagement in these areas: Spiritual Engagement, Daily Living, Barn and Garden, the Arts, Health and Wellness, Learning Center, Leisure
1Spanish Language/TranslationHispanic Center of Western Michigan (in Grand Rapids)Work with interpretors to interpret for Spanish speakers in areas including medical and legal.
TAKENSpeech TherapyWest Ottawa Public SchoolsLearn how to plan and implement therapy programs for children with speech and language difficulties. See students individually or in small groups to work on speech and language goals. Test and evaluate students.
PENDING 1Speech PathologyWest Ottawa Public SchoolsStudent to complete a WO form - see Mrs. Frens for details
1Therapeutic RidingRenew Therapeutic RidingGet a glimpse into how equine assisted activities and therapies for children and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities improve their lives.
http://renewtrc.org/
1ToolmakingTransmatic
TAKENVeterinaryC.C. Veterinary HospitalSmall animals; located in Columbia City, IN; housing for the week could be available (host is close relative of HCHS family)
TAKENVeterinaryThe Animal ClinicNot a lot of "hands on" - mostly shadowing
TAKENVeterinaryMapleview Animal HospitalShadow our veterinarians in the examination rooms and surgical suites (depending on student interest) as they provide care for pets, including: dogs, cats, rabbits, pocket pets, reptiles, birds and small farm animals.
TAKENVeterinaryOttawa Animal Hospital
1Video Production/On-line streamingWHTC/Van 92.7
TAKENWoodworking (Custom)Cento AnniAssist with some of our furniture builds, sanding/finishing work on our cutting boards, and general shop duties
1Worship Arts/TechRidge Point Community ChurchWork with professionals to create video, graphics, and sound resources for use in worship
TAKENWorship LeadingProvidence ChurchWork as a team with the pastor and other ministry staff to assist in creating, developing, and leading a worship experience which may include music, spoken word, the visual arts, and other worship elements; all which honor God.
TAKENWritingCrossroads Prison MInistriesBible course content for prison inmates; in Grand Rapids; content writing for social media
1Writing/Research - TrendsIDa Design