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Winterim Internships add to the high school experience by providing Junior and Senior students with the opportunity to make connections between what they have learned in their classes and their work in the professional world. These real, working-life experiences can assist students in making college and career choices and provide the potential to gain an additional adult mentor in their field of interest. 

For example, students may realize that God is calling them to a career in the same field where they interned. They could also realize that their gifts do not align with this career. Either way, an internship is a valuable tool in providing a better understanding of living out one’s faith in the workplace.

Juniors and Seniors may apply to do a Winterim Internship. It is the student’s responsibility to line up the internship, and students are encouraged to begin this as early as the previous spring.   Internship Applications are due in the fall of the school year.

"So thankful for Winterim at Grand Rapids Christian and the many opportunities it presents!"
Winterim Internship Parent

Internship Hosts

Internship hosts are community partners who support the mission of Grand Rapids Christian Schools and help to guide students and foster their talents as they become productive members of the community.

While there is a small number of hosts who contact us with their willingness to take an intern, it is primarily the student’s responsibility to find and set up an internship with a host. We encourage students to find their own internships through family, friends, or community relationships.

Internship Expectations

To participate in Winterim as an intern is a privilege that involves significant responsibility on the part of the student and family. The internship is a formally structured learning experience that starts long before the first day on the job. Student interns and their parents are expected to review and understand the application guidelines and responsibilities. All interns must participate in internship training during the fall of the school year.

Winterim Intern must accumulate a minimum of 50 hours during the two week Winterim schedule, cannot be paid, and must have his/her own transportation.  An application will be required for final internship approval by coordinator.

Additionally, the internship will be evaluated through the student’s daily record of hours and list of activities, host evaluation, a site visit, and a completed online portfolio.

Internship Materials



Brian Karsten, Winterim Coordinator

Carolyn Groendyk, Winterim Assistant

Rebecca Polet, Winterim Internship Coordinator

Vickie Fischer, Director of Admissions


2300 Plymouth Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Phone: 616.574.5500
Fax:  616.574.5510