INTERNSHIP PROVIDER GUIDELINES
The objective of the Winterim Internship program is to give students the opportunity to “test drive a career” in a work environment of their choosing by participating in the daily activities and responsibilities of that setting.
- An internship provider is someone who is interested in the future of his/her profession, committed to the goals of the internship, and willing to work with a student productively. Although every job requires a certain amount of “busy work,” the value of the internship is directly related to the host’s ability to provide meaningful engagement the majority of the time.
- Students and hosts will determine internship goals together based on students’ interests and hosts’ professional knowledge and experience.
- Students are to maintain a six-hour-per-day work schedule for one week, just as though they were employees of the organization, with the expectation of interning a minimum of 30 hours total. Students will work non-traditional hours, such as evenings and/or weekends, if that is what the job requires. The internship host will sign a Daily Record form (provided by the school) to verify the intern’s activities.
- As much as possible, interns serve and support the workplace mission and goals.
- Students may not be compensated financially for their work.
- Students are expected to comply with hosts’ workplace policies.
- As appropriate, interns will spend time with other employees at the internship site, but only one person should be ultimately responsible for the student’s workday.
- Interns are covered by their family’s insurance policies. Interns’ families are expected to provide the necessary transportation and accommodations for their students.
- The intern is responsible to contact the host if he or she will be absent or late for work due to illness or another legitimate reason.
- If area schools are closed due to inclement weather, students are expected to come to work if the internship site remains open. In the end, however, interns’ parents can decide to keep their students off the roads.
- A member of the HCHS community will visit local internship hosts and students at work briefly sometime during the internship experience. We will contact you to schedule.
The host is encouraged to communicate with Lydia Frens, Holland Christian High School’s Internship Director about the student’s work activities and potential challenges.
HOLLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL WINTERIM CONTACT INFORMATION
Winterim Internship Director: Lydia Frens, email@example.com; 616.510.1969
Winterim Director: Aaron Meckes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Winterim Assistant: Heidi Nykamp, email@example.com
Principal: Deb Feenstra, firstname.lastname@example.org