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.  You can get a maximum of 5 hours for general professional development workshops like the Cat Career Conference, resume workshops, LinkedIn, etc.

Possible Real World Edge Hours

NMU's Graduate Education and Research Office is looking to hire someone.  Duties include: assist clerical staff with the duties and functions of the office  (mailings, answering phones, copying, opening and distributing mail, etc.); greet and assist students, faculty, and staff; respond to student, staff, and faculty questions in the main email account; scan student documents using a unique database; filing; assist in maintaining office supplies; always work in a safe manner; and other duties as assigned. Requirements include: display initiative and good organizational abilities; a keen attention to detail; ability to write effectively; be free of academic and/or disciplinary probation and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 while employed; demonstrates general customer service skills such as strong communication and listening skills in a consistent and friendly manner; knowledge of and familiarity with computer applications run from Windows format; demonstrates a sincere interest in helping people; willing to learn and abide by privacy laws.


The Graduate Education and Research Office works with graduate students to bring in prospective graduate students, process applications, and paperwork for graduate student classes, audits, and graduation. The Graduate office also houses Research, Grants and Contracts, and the McNair Scholars program. This position will primarily assist the executive secretary by scanning and filing admission paperwork, answering phones, and greeting guests. Some work to assist the other branches of the office may be assigned, such as helping to plan events.

Hours: The office is open from 8AM-5PM during the school year and 7:30AM-4PM during the summer. Start date will be in September/October 2018. The position will work up to 20 hours per week, the schedule is negotiable. For more information, contact Janelle Taylor at or at 906-227-1407.

Possible Real World Edge Hours

Interested in being a caregiver?  This position requires you to pass a drug screening and background check, and you must have a valid driver’s license. This position pays $9.50/hour and caregiving experience is preferred but will train an eligible, motivated candidate. We are looking for a reliable individual that understands that not only is this a great job opportunity but also an important part of the client’s day-to-day life. Therefore, it is pertinent that you are capable of being understanding, compassionate, and able to put the client’s needs first. The client did not set the wage; he understands the concerns about the wage and is attempting to address the issue with all parties involved. The average hours for this position are 15-20 weekly with the possibility of increased hours due to call INS or hours increased due to schedule. You will also be the first person to be called in. Our schedule is fairly flexible, however, most of the shifts are nights and weekends. Shifts range from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (day); 5-11 p.m. (nightly); light weekend 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. & 5:30 – 11 p.m. 

Housekeeping, cooking, and running errands are all part of the daily tasks. The client/employer is in a power wheelchair but is able to weight bare, daily ADLS are required: assisting with showers, using the restroom and regular hygiene activities. The client is a highly energetic and motivated 30-year-old male; he is extremely active within his community. This is not a position for an unmotivated person due to the client’s day-to-day activities. 

All interested candidates may inquire further by contacting Aaron directly by calling 906-273-1459. You may also email Aaron at with a resume and any questions you may have.  On Handshake, it's job #1330864 Caregiver. 

Possible Citizenship, Leadership, or Real World Edge Hours

Teaching Family Homes of the Upper Peninsula is a non-profit organization that aims to provide quality care to at-risk youth throughout Upper Michigan. We help youth develop life skills while utilizing a trauma-informed method of teaching. Our residential program in Marquette is currently looking for highly motivated volunteers, interns and staff to work in the homes with youth. Requirements are a high school diploma, excellent driving record and background check. Preference will be given to those with a degree or experience in social work, sociology, psychology, education, criminal justice, or other health and human services fields. For more information or to apply, please contact Linnea Wyma at or call 906-249-5437

Possible Diversity - Domestic, Leadership, or Real World Edge Hours

Are you looking for a chance to experience the other side of health care?  If so, please contact Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice, to learn about a variety of opportunities available. You can contact our Volunteer Coordinator today at 906-225-4545, e-mail us for more information at, or follow our efforts

Our Program:

Our hospice volunteers program offers several different types of opportunities ranging from direct companion/family support volunteers, special service volunteers, special project volunteers and even group opportunities.  Those who choose to work with our hospice patients directly will work in a variety of different settings that may include the patient’s personal homes, local hospitals, nursing homes, assisted livings, and memory care facilities.

As a volunteer with our hospice program, you will discover flexibility, specialized training and opportunities for personal growth.  Our team approach supports your role in making a difference in the lives of our patients and their families.  You will also find the support of our Hospice Foundation which provides resources for volunteer projects and our Make-a-Memory Program.

Current Opportunities:

Companion/family support volunteers work to provide support directly to patients and families.  To ensure that all volunteers are equipped for the challenge of working with those dealing with a life limiting illness, we require that volunteers complete orientation and training sessions.  It’s important that volunteers understand the philosophy of hospice and are aware of the specific ways we work to serve the community.  Volunteers spend their visits being present, listening, helping with errands or light household tasks or providing short respite opportunities for caregivers.

Special service volunteers are able to share their special skills of music or art therapy, massage therapy, and reminisce therapy.  If you have any talents you would like to share, contact us today.

Special project volunteers groups help with special projects that are vital in providing indirect support to our patients and their caregivers.  Many of these groups consist of resident volunteers from the local assisted living and nursing facilities.  Projects include but are not limited to:  heated comfort bags, fleece tie blankets, recipes-in-a-jar/horticulture therapy kits, and cards, letters and flowers.

Group volunteer opportunities exist for your group, club, or organization to become involved with hospice.  Upper Peninsula Hospice will provide an informative presentation or on-site training for any interested group.

To inquire about volunteer opportunities call our volunteer coordinator at 906-225-4545 or check us out at

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