Real World Edge Opportunities

For the Real World Edge, you will need 100 hours that may include a combination of service learning, research experiences, work experience, internships, or professional activities related to your major and/or minor.

Possible Citizenship, Leadership, or Real World Edge Hours

Child & Family Services of the Upper Peninsula is looking for a volunteer for a young lady (16 years old) in foster care who would really benefit from mentoring services. It would be as many hours a month the individual wishes to provide. The individual would have to undergo a central registry check and background check. The young lady is very interested in art and loves to get outside. She needs assistance in learning acceptable social behavior, as she is socially delayed. She also would benefit from being taught skills such as how to plan and cook a meal, apply for a job, search and apply for housing, and understanding what resources are available in the community to assist her with any needs.  If you are interested in this, please contact Nicole Ketola, Foster Care Social Worker, Child & Family Services of the UP, Inc., 706 Chippewa Square Suite 105, Marquette, MI 49855; office: 906-228-4050 ext. 105 or cell: 906-235-7862.

Possible Citizenship or Real World Edge Hours

The Mather Nursing Center, 435 Stoneville Road in Ishpeming, is looking for volunteers to assist with bingo or an art student to help with art (painting/sketching group).  It can be ongoing or a one-time event.  They are also looking for volunteers to help with "theme parties."  If you are interested in helping with the art, we will provide the supplies (sponge painting, sketching, working with construction paper, etc.).  Please contact the activity director, Pierre Ogea, at 906-485-1073. 

Possible Real World Edge Hours

Michigan Energy Options is looking for an education and outreach design intern.  The education and outreach design intern will research a variety of energy and energy efficiency topics and create effective, compelling, and easy-to-understand break downs to be used in print and electronic forms across MEO's programs.  In addition, the intern team will design a variety of classroom instruction suitable for K-12 students.  Interns should have some knowledge energy sources, energy systems, energy efficiency technologies and alternatives fuel sources.  Interns need to be comfortable and effective in communicating information to people of all ages.  For more information, contact Michael J. Larson, MPA, U.P. Office Manager, at 906-226-1136 or 906-250-3356 (cell). is located at 205 Front Street, Suite 2F, in Marquette.

Possible Citizenship or Real World Edge Hours

Volunteers are needed for the NMU Hoop House, a collaborative learning center for people of all ages intended to help more people learn about growing their own food in sustainable, responsible ways, which is located near the Jacobetti Center. To learn more, click here. For more information, please contact Abbey Palmer at 906-225-0671 ext. 725.

Possible Real World Edge Hours

Research Internships for a Sustainable Environment with Undergraduate Participation, or RISEUP, is a 12-week paid summer internship program sponsored by Wayne State University's Center for Peace and Conflict Studies. The program is dedicated to empowering creative thinkers with the tools and methods through which to impact tomorrow's environment. Our hands-on, mentored research projects offer the chance for qualified undergraduate students to study multiple-stakeholder environmental issues in the Lake St. Clair-Detroit River-Lake Erie corridor.

RISEUP Interns will receive:
1) personalized professional mentorship
2) $4,000 stipend
3) online publication of their results
4) chance to compete for a prize by presenting their research at an undergraduate research symposium

The RISEUP program is now accepting applications for the 2015 program, and we are hoping to reach passionate students from all areas of study who are looking for the chance to grow their dreams into the reality of the future. Students majoring in all areas of the creative arts, physical sciences, and social science are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline for the summer 2015 program is Sunday, February 1.  Additional program details, as well as a flyer and application, can be found at For additional or custom promotional materials, please contact

Possible Real World Edge Hours

Silver Creek Thrift
, 219 Silver Creek Rd., is looking for a high energy, hard-working business/marketing student who is enthused to obtain a marking experience in a positive, fast-moving environment during the 2015 winter semester. The person must be reliable, responsible, and take initiative. The student will work directly with the director and the store manager to assist in brainstorming marketing strategies, designing material, distribution, and data collection. For more information, contact Jennifer Prus at 906-273-2473.

Possible Citizenship or Real World Edge Hours

Teaching Family Homes, 1000 Silver Creek Road in Harvey, is looking for volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays (now through mid-April) from 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. to help with light household repairs including drywall, trim work, etc. All tools will be provided. Applications prior to volunteering are required as well as background checks. If you are interested, please contact Dave Mastric, Director of Facilities at 906-249-5437 or


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