DiscoverWork Program

Different from an internship, DiscoverWork opportunities are short-term, unpaid opportunities to meet with or shadow a professional and gain a first-hand perspective of his or her day-to-day work life.

The program gives you a realistic view of work environments in various fields as you continue to explore possible internships or careers for your future. DiscoverWork connects you with alumni, friends or employer partners of Hope College who share their career experiences, lessons learned and professional tips for landing a job or internship in their industries.

These opportunities take place all over the United States, and are offered between December 2016 and May 2017. The DiscoverWork program is not for academic credit and students are not compensated.

STUDENT SELECTION

Although DiscoverWork opportunities are not guaranteed, all Hope College students are encouraged to apply! We recommend that you apply for more than one opportunity; however, you must only apply for opportunities that you are willing and able to complete. By applying, you are committing to participate in that particular opportunity if you are matched with that particular host. Withdrawing from the program after you’ve been matched is strongly discouraged.

You do not have to have experience to participate. This program is designed for students to explore fields and careers that they are interested in; therefore, you do not have to have experience to qualify. If you are not placed the first time around, please be sure to apply for future opportunities.

TYPICAL ACTIVITIES OF DISCOVERWORK PROGRAM

  • Attend company staff meetings
  • Assist with projects or complete office tasks
  • Conduct informational interviews with staff members
  • Observe client interactions and the functions and duties of a particular career
  • Tour the facilities
  • Review organization’s mission/vision statement and organizational charts
  • Understand office policies and procedures
  • Review current trends in the profession
  • Explore potential career paths within the organization and the profession
  • Meet with key players of the organization

2016–2017 TIMELINE FOR DISCOVERWORK PROGRAM

Sunday, October 16 Deadline for host registration
Monday, October 17 Opportunities posted for students
Friday, October 28, by noon Deadline to apply
Tuesday, November 1 Students are notified if they are matched
November 3, 2–3 pm,
November 4, 1-2 pm,
November 7, 3-4 pm
Mandatory information session if matched

(Students must be able to attend one of the three sessions to be eligible)
Between December 2016 and May 2017 DiscoverWork program

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Fill out DiscoverWork application
  • Email/submit a resume (you are encouraged to come in for an appointment and prepare this document)
  • Email/submit a 1–2 paragraph “letter of interest” which tells the host/matching supervisor why you are interested in a particular opportunity.
  • Letters of interest will be judged based on professional tone, clarity of argument, level of expressed interest in the host”s field and the DiscoverWork program’s potential benefit to you. To increase your chances of getting your preferred choice, we strongly advise that you have your letter reviewed.

The letter of interest must contain the following:

  1. Why are you interested in the DiscoverWork opportunity?
  2. What do you expect to gain from this experience?
  3. Why did you choose this particular opportunity and location?

All documents will be submitted to Megan Fisher in the Career Development Center with subject line: DW Program (your last name). Documents will be sent to hosts as well.

TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Students assume all costs for program participation, including transportation to and from the DiscoverWork site, accommodations and meals. Some hosts are willing to let a student stay in their home; this will be indicated in their description. However, scholarships may be available to assist with program costs. Please take all of these areas into consideration when applying to specific opportunities.