/ Winterim Internships

A portion of the Winterim program is open only to juniors and seniors: Our Winterim Internships are off-campus “practice” work experiences with real employers so that students can gain first-hand experience with a possible career pathway. An internship placement like this often helps students decide what they want to do after high school graduation–or what they definitely do not want to do! Students can pick on a first come-first served basis from one of the many internships we have set up, or they can create a position of their own with a company of their choosing, and then get it approved as an HCHS Winterim internship just for them. Most students stay local; a few end up elsewhere around the country!

Have a question you can’t find answered below? Feel free to contact Lydia Frens, Internship Director, at Want to see what internships we’ve had in the past? Scroll down. Want to read what students thought about their internships? Read this article here.

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# Students at Internship
Internship Category
Company Name
Internship Description
1 taken; 0 availableAccountingAukema & Company, P.C.See what an accountant really does in their work week to help their clients.
1 taken; 0 availableAccountingRidgeview IndustriesAccounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, end-of-year accounting
1 taken; 0 availableAdvertisingWHTC/Van 92.7Digital Display Advertising, Data Entry, Commercial Copywriting, Commercial Design for online broadcasting
1 taken; 0 availableArchitectureGMB Architecture & Engineering
1 taken; 0 availableArchitecture/Civil EngineeringGMB Architecture & Engineering
1 taken; 0 availableArchitecture/Engineering/Interior Design/Landscape ArchitectureProgressive AE (in Grand Rapids)Learn about the broad industry of design, architecture and engineering. Receive a good industry overview, but internship provider will make sure you also get a closer look at your specific area of interest, such as design or engineering.
1 taken; 0 available ArtJoel Schoon-TanisWork with a fine artist (painter); web skills are a plus
1 taken; 0 availableArt Curating/ ExhibitingCrossroads Prison MInistries (in Grand Rapids)
Assist with sorting, recording, scanning and cataloging some of the artwork. Play an active role in the design, layout and installation of an artwork exhibit. Recommend ideas for sharing the artist’s story, exhibition statements and sub statements.
2 taken; 0 availableArt EducationHolland Christian Middle SchoolMiddle school art: be involved in preparation and example making, project development, grading, display, and basic organization of a classroom
4 taken; 0 availableArts & EntertainmentWalt Disney WorldInternship includes design, architecture, and engineering; a look at how things are organized and operated at WDW; how projectes are conceived, designed and implemented in the parks.
4 taken; 0 availableAthletic 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.
1 taken; 0 availableAviationTulip City AirportSpend a day in each department of the airport to get an overview of what goes into getting those airplanes off the ground.
4 taken; 0 availableBiology/ResearchHope CollegeWe will spend a few hours introducing students to our research projects and the types of work we do in our lab.
Go out into the watershed for surface water sampling, and then spend the majority of the rest of the week processing and analyzing the samples we collect. Essentially, we treat it as though your intern is another member of our laboratory's staff.
1 taken; 0 availableBroadcasting1450 WHTC/VAN 92.7/Midwest CommunicationLearn about "on air," sales, production, commercials, sports broadcasting
1 taken; 0 availableBroadcasting 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.
1 taken; 1 availableBusiness 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
1 taken; 0 availableBusiness/ConstructionSW BuildersFraming a new house
1 taken; 0 availableBusiness/EconomicsHope College Economics Department
2 taken; 1 availableBusiness/Market ResearchSteelcase
3 taken; 0 availableBusiness/SalesCrown Motors
1 taken*ChiropracticBack to Health Chiropractic
1 taken; 0 availableCommunicationsHolland Historic Trust - Holland MuseumResearch and curate a social media schedule for the winter – spring. Create social media posts for specific hashtags like #throwbackthursday, #waybackwednesday, holidays, community historic events (i.e. the historical Holland fire). The intern would research posts to plan from the Museum collection, history gallery, temporary exhibitions, and Spark!Lab, (the new Smithsonian Invention workspace). If the intern is interested in staying with the museum past that first Winterim week, there would be opportunities for other communication projects.
1 taken; 0 availableComputer ProgrammingDown Shift
1 taken; 0 availableComputersPDS PCAnything that is related to computers: computer repair, computer program fixing, computer assembly, basic programming
1 taken; 0 availableConstructionT2 Construction
2 taken; 1 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.
1 taken; 0 availableCosmetologyEngedi Salon
1 taken; 0 availableCosmetologyPanopoulos Salon
2 taken; 1 availableCulinaryHolland Rescue Mission (has one of the top rated food services of any organization of its kind in the U.S.)Examples of what you'll learn and do:
• Sanitation
• Equipment set up break down
• Inventory Stock and Utility
• Knife and hand tools skills
• Menu Planning
• Steaming
• Pan Frying
• Baking
• Roasting
• Marinating
• Deep Frying
• Prep
• Set up
• Cook
• Serve complete dinner meal.
1 taken; 0 availableDentalCenterstone 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.
1 taken; 0 availableDietaryCreative Dining Services
1 taken; 0 availableDietary/Food & NutritionHolland Hospital Nutrition Services
1 taken; 0 availableDietary/Food & NutritionHelen DeVos Children's Hospital (Spectrum), Nutrition Services - Grand Rapids
2 taken; 0 availableEarly Childhood EducationLearning Tree MontessoriInterns will participate directly with 3-5 year old students in preschool and daycare. The intern will be given the opportunity to help children with daily tasks, read to children and, if desired, plan and implement a lesson to present to the children. Interns will also learn about the duties staff members complete daily in the classrooms.
1 taken; 0 availableEducationJingrui Education (in China)Learn how to teach educators to improve their teaching skills
1 taken; 0 availableEducation/KindergartenRose Park Christian School
3 taken; 0 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.
1 taken; 0 availableEducation/Middle School MathHolland Christian Middle School
1 taken; 0 availableEducation/Outdoor & HistoricalDeGraaf Nature CenterHelp with school groups, preschool classes, animal care, and a possible media/display project. Closed Mondays.
2 taken; 0 availableEducation/Physical EducationZeeland Christian School
2 taken; 0 availableEducation/Sixth GradeRose Park Christian School
1 taken; several availableEducation/Spanish ImmersionZeeland Christian SchoolWork with a Spanish immersion teacher to learn how he or she teaches elementary students in all subjects without using English.
1 taken; 0 availableEducation/Spanish ImmersionZeeland Christian School
1 taken; 0 availableElectricFrancomb Electric
2 taken; 0 availableElectricTown & Country GroupLearn about a great career that does not require 4 years of college. In fact, this company pays for post high school education leading to a career in electrical. Experience quality commercial and residential work performed by highly skilled and specialized professionals. The work is never boring, and involves being engaged in building projects from beginning to end. You will see how controls and security systems fit in, too.
1 taken; 0 availableEngineer/Civil/Landscape Architecture/SurveyingPrein & NewhofLearn what it means to be a civil engineer, landscape architect, construction inspector, surveyor, and CAD designer. Internship will provide a good overview of what is involved in the design and construction management of bike paths, roads, parks, and public utilities (water main, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer).

2 taken; 0 availableEngineeringGentex Engineering in a manufacturing environment
1 taken; 0 availableEngineeringRidgeview IndustriesSee how products are engineered for the global automotive industry as well as how metal parts are created for office furniture, wind energy, electrical, and appliance industries.
1 taken; 0 availableEngineering, Controls/DesignJR AutomationLearn how control systems for various types of automated equipment are designed, including electrical/hydraulic pneumatic design, machine programming and machine debugging; Work with build and electrical teams.
2 taken; 0 availableEngineering/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
2 taken; 0 availableEngineering/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.
1 available; 1 takenEngineering/Software DevelopmentSpinDanceAt least 1 of the 2 interns should have some programming experience, and the other intern the interest to learn it.
1 taken; 0 availableFarm/MechanicalPrairie View Farms
1 taken; 0 availableFinancial PlanningCap Trust
1 taken; 0 availableFitnessGirlfriend's Fit Club
2 taken; 0 availableFitnessMVP Athletic Club
1 taken; 0 availableFuneral IndustryLangeland Sterenberg Funeral Home
1 taken; 0 availableGovernment - U.S./Non-ProfitPartnership for Public ServicePPS strives for a more effective government for the American people.
1 taken; 0 availableGreenhouseJonker's Greenhouse-Shadow employees and help ring up customers on the register
-Care for and clean houseplants
-Help keep gifts and garden shop clean
-Depending on shipments help pot up and plant plants in production greenhouse -Take cuttings and propagate plants
-Water and clean plants
1 taken; 0 availableHuman ResourcesMetal FlowGain an overview of the Human Resources Department’s role in supporting the organization. Learn the importance/logistics of recruiting, onboarding, developing, and retaining the right team members. Learn about managing and leading (and the difference between these responsibilities) a department of team members. Learn things about having effective conversations, active listening, the importance of prioritizing, being present, considering multiple approaches/perspectives, managing time, and also balancing the need to be flexible at work. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the business as a whole and to gain a deeper understanding of what happens here everyday and how each person and department contributes to our goals and objectives.
1 taken; 0 availableInterior DesignKlingmans of HollandExperience will focus on design side, the business side, or a blend of the two, depending on student's interests.
1 taken; 0 availableInterior DesignLori Haverdink Interior Design, LLCWork with an interior designer to assist residential and commercial clients to make homes and work spaces functional and beautiful.
1 taken; 0 availableITWorkSightedBuild and repair computers
1 taken; 0 availableLawZhongzhou Law OfficeOrganize & translate documents; observe court and other daily work
1 taken; 0 availableLaw SMITH HAUGHEY RICE & ROEGGE
2 taken; 3 available for students who are 18 or older by January 7, 2019Law EnforcementAllegan County Sheriff's OfficePossible activities: Review reports from officers on the road, shadow a detective, ride along with officers (must have signed waiver for ride-alongs)
1 taken; 3 available for students who are 17 by 1/7/19Law EnforcementAllegan County Sheriff's OfficePossible activities: front office, courts to swear warrants, courthouse security, corrections
1 taken; 0 availableLibrary ScienceJoint Archives of Holland
1 taken; 0 availableMachine 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.
1 taken; 0 availableMachining/CNCAccutech CNC
1 taken; 1 availableMake-up ArtsMerle Norman
1 taken; 0 availableMedicalHolland Community Hospital
1 taken; 0 availableMedical/CardiovascularLakeshore CardiovascularWork with PAs, Physicians and other members of the practice
1 taken; 0 availableMedical/ENT & AllergiesMichigan ENT & Allergy Specialists
3 taken; 0 availableMedical/Emergency DepartmentZeeland Hospital (a Spectrum Health facility)
1 taken; 0 availableMedical/E.R. PhysicianHolland Hospital Emergency Department
1 taken; 0 availableMedical/Family PhysicianLakewood Family Medicine
1 taken; 0 availableMedical/Family PhysicianHolland Community Health Center
1 taken; 0 availableMedical/LaboratoryHolland Hospital Laboratory ServicesExplore laboratory careers including phlebotomy, laboratory scientist, microbiology, pathology, histology, blood bank
2 taken; 0 availableMedical/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.
1 taken (female student only); 0 availableMedical/Nurse Practitioner: Obstetrics & GynegologySpectrum Health, The Medical Group, OB/GynFemale student only
2 taken; 0 availableMedical/Nurse/Neonatal Intensive CareHelen DeVos Children's Hospital (Spectrum) - Grand RapidsHDVCH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is one of the largest in the country, and the only one in West Michigan. They care for the tiniest and sickest babies with a wide variety of conditions. Check out their website for more about what they do. Please note: interns may not be in the room for invasive procedures.
1 taken; 0 availableMedical/Nurse Practitioner: PediatricsGrandville Pediatrics Shadow 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.
2 taken; 0 availableMedical/Nurse: Joint Replacements & Stroke PatientsHolland Hospital
1 taken; 0 availableMedical/Nurse: Surgical/Pediatric FocusHolland Hospital
1 taken; 0 availableMedical/PediatricsHelen DeVos Children's Hospital (Spectrum) - Grand RapidsPediatrics Emergency Department
1 taken; 0 availableMedical/PediatricsHelen DeVos Children's Hospital (Spectrum) - Grand RapidsLearning care and assessment skills for term/preterm infants- including feedings, IVs, Respiratory support etc.
2 taken; 0 availableMedical/Pediatric Hematology-OncologyHelen DeVos Children's Hospital (Spectrum) - Grand Rapids
1 taken; 0 availableMedical/Pediatric OncologyHelen DeVos Children's Hospital (Spectrum) - Grand Rapids
1 taken; 0 availableMedical/PhysicianLakewood Family Medicine
1 taken; 0 available (female student only)Medical/PhysicianHolland Hospital Lakeshore Health Partners: Holland Hospital (located in Zeeland)Family Medicine Physician focused primarily on women's health.
4 taken; 0 availableMedical/PhysicianHelen DeVos Children's Hospital (Spectrum) - Grand RapidsIt's helpful to know what student is interested in - medicine, physical therapy, nursing, pharmacy, respiratory therapy, or radiology - so intern can be placed accordingly. Host expects that student will share internship reflection assignment with him.
1 taken; 0 availableMedical/Physicians/ENT-OtolaryngologistsHolland Hospital Lakeshore Health Partners - ENT
2 taken; 0 availableMedical/RadiologyHolland Community Hospital
1 taken; 0 availableMedical/RadiologyHolland Community Hospital
1 taken; 0 availableMedical/RadiologyHolland Community Hospital
1 taken; 0 availableMedical/RadiologyZeeland Hospital (a Spectrum Health Facility)
1 taken; 0 availableMedical/Respiratory TherapyHolland HospitalExplore careers in managment, registered respiratory therapy, & respiratory therapy assistance
1 taken; 0 availableMedical/RheumatologyMetro Health
1 taken; 0 availableMedical/Urgent CareHolland Hospital Urgent Care (in Holland)Multiple jobs to learn/shadow including Physician, Physician Assistant, Registered Nurse, Registration, Laboratory, X-ray
1 taken; 0 availableMedical/Urgent CareHolland Hospital Urgent Care (in Zeeland)Multiple jobs to learn/shadow including Physician, Physician Assistant, Registered Nurse, Registration, Laboratory, X-ray
1 taken; 4 availableMilitaryUnited States ArmyVisit Reserve Centers in the area as well as get an inside look into Army Recruiting processes and day-to-day operations as a soldier in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves. Students under 18 must have parental consent.
1 taken; 0 availableNon-Profit OverviewCompassionate Heart Ministries
1 taken; 0 availableCompassionate Heart MinistriesLearn how to plan and lead programming for people with disabilities, ways to work through conflicts, and the ins and outs of being a non-profit. Our mission is to create a place that builds relationships for people with disabilities, so intern will work alongside staff to facilitate that each day.
1 taken; 0 availableOrthodonticsKessel and Bouwens Orthodontics
1 taken; 0 availablePhotographySheri Palmbos Photography
1 taken; 0 availablePhysical 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.
1 taken; 0 availablePhysical 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.
1 taken; 0 availablePhysical Therapy Holland Hospital (Douglas Clinic)
1 taken; 0 availablePhysical 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)
1 taken; 0 availablePhysical Therapy Full Potential
1 takenPhysics ResearchHope College Physics DepartmentExperience on the accelerator, work in the general physics lab, attending some classes, and hands on work.
1 taken; 0 availablePsychology/Social WorkFriendship HouseSee website for an idea of what happens at the Friendship House. May have option to live with the residents for one day or all week.
1 taken; 0 availableReal EstateColdwell BankerInternship duties would include all aspects of Real Estate Sales and Marketing. Also the operation and function of the main Real Estate Office.
1 taken; 0 availableRetail Sales/ClothingFrances Jaye
1 taken; 0 availableSocial JusticeWorld Renew (in Grand Rapids)
1 taken; 0 availableSocial 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.
2 taken; 0 availableSocial Work/EducationBoys and Girls Club (Holland South)
1 taken; Several availableSocial Work/Family Support ServicesHispanic Center of Western Michigan (in Grand Rapids)Help to provide food, mental health services, and workplace, parenting, and medical support
1 taken; 0 availableSocial Work/Foster CareBethany Christian ServicesFoster care, adoption, foster home licensing; will also receive information on domestic infant adoption, refugee and clinical services
3 taken; 1 availableSpanish Language/TranslationHispanic Center of Western Michigan (in Grand Rapids)Work with translators and interpreters to communicate with Spanish speakers in areas including community, medical and legal.
1taken; 0 availableSpeech PathologyCalvin College
1 taken; 0 availableSpeech TherapyWest Ottawa Public Schools
1 taken; 1 availableTherapeutic RidingRenew Therapeutic Riding Center
1 taken; 0 availableVeterinay/EquineEquine Veterinary Hospital of Northern IN PC
1 taken; 1 availableVeterinaryKingdom Animal Hospital
2 taken; 0 availableVeterinaryOttawa Animal Hospital
1 taken; 0 availableVideo Production/On-line streamingWHTC/Van 92.7Creation of commercial and informational content in video and audio formats
1 taken; 0 availableWoodworking (Custom)Cento Anni

Want to learn more about Winterim and the internships available? Check out this video from Winterim 2017!