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

Do you know about LinkedIn?  This professional social network is used by 90% of recruiters to find new hires – will they find you?  Participants will learn about what makes an effective LinkedIn profile and leave with an account and profile.  Those with a previously created account are welcome to attend to find out how to maximize it.  Please come with your laptop – if you have a resume, it can be helpful to bring that as well. This Skill Builder! workshop, "LinkedI 101," will be held on Monday, November 7, from 4-5:30 p.m. in Hedgcock 2303.  The presenter will be Melissa Sprouse, Assistant Director of Career Services at NMU.  To register for this workshop, click here.

Possible Real World Edge Hours

Many people are turned away by the term “networking” – are you one of them?  You shouldn’t be!  Attend this Skill Builder! workshop, "Networking:  How to do it (and Why!), on Wednesday, November 11, from 4-5:30 p.m., in Hedgcock 2303, to find out more about what networking really is (hint – you’re doing it all the time already…), why it’s such an important tool, and how you can build up your network to find career guidance, internship opportunities, and yes, even a job.  Melissa Sprouse, Assistant Director of Career Services at NMU, will be the presenter.  To register for this workshop, click here.

Possible Real World Edge Hours

So you have a LinkedIn account…but do you know what to do with it?  Come to this Skill Builder! workshop, "LinkedIn 201," on Tuesday, November 15, from 4-5:30 p.m., in Hedgcock 2303, and get some great information about how to start building your network, and find out what you can do with it.  90% of recruiters are using LinkedIn to source their new hires… do you know how to get your information to them?  Participants should have already created an account (but did not need to attend LinkedIn 101).  Bring your laptop!  The presenters are Melissa Sprouse, Assistant Director of Career Services at NMU, and Lindsay Demske is the Operations Manager at United HealthCare.  To register for this workshop, click here.

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

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