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The objective of the Upward Bound ACE (Access to Career Experience) in Action 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.

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.

The total time commitment for each student Internship is a minimum of 30 hours, maximum of 40.  These hours must be completed prior to January 22, 2021.  Students are able to negotiate with the internship provider a work schedule that fits for both parties. Students will work non-traditional hours, such as evenings, during school vacation days, and/or weekends, if that is what the job requires. 

Once a host agrees to accept a student Intern, there is a contract that must be completed (provided by Upward Bound student) and turned in by the student to the Upward Bound office for our records.

Student Interns will complete a “Daily Record” of their activities each time they visit the host site.  The Internship host/mentor will be asked to sign the completed Daily Record form (provided by Upward Bound student) each time the student comes to the Internship to verify the Intern’s hours and activities. 

As much as possible, Interns serve and support the workplace mission and goals and are expected to comply with hosts’ workplace policies, dress code, etc.

Students may not be compensated financially for their work.

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.

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.

Mitch Veldkamp, Coordinator of the ACE In Action Internship Program at Upward Bound, will visit the internship host and student at work sometime during the internship experience. He will contact you to schedule this in advance.

The host is encouraged to communicate directly with Mitch Veldkamp, ACE In Action Coordinator, at: or 616.801.3902 about the student’s work activities and potential challenges.

Here is a link to the TRiO Upward Bound program if you would like to learn more about this college preparatory program for high school students hosted by Hope College.

Thank you for your time as you consider providing an Internship experience for an Upward Bound student.  I look forward to working with you.


Mitch Veldkamp

Hope College TRIO Upward Bound

ACE In Action Internship Coordinator


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