Grand Rapids University Prep Academy is grateful to the many companies and individuals who each year help provide a wonderful experience to our students in grades 8th-10th through our Job Shadow and Internship programs.


We are incredibly grateful to the following businesses and organizations who have partnered with us over the years to showcase their company or organization for an internship experience.  
Achieve Physical Therapy
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Applause Catering

Autocam Automotive

Autocam Medical
Avanti Law Group

Bluewater Technologies

Bottega Salon
Brown Hutcherson Ministries
Calvin College, Astronomy Department
Celebration! Cinema
Circle Theatre
Community Automotive Repair
Compass College of Cinematic Arts
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Cornerstone Architects
Diocese of Grand Rapids, Immigration Legal Services
Drew, Cooper & Anding
El Barrio Restaurant
Excel Academies of Cosmetology
Ferris State University
Feyen Zylstra
Fifth Third River Bank Run

Gordon Food Service IT Dept.
Girls Choral Academy
God’s Kitchen
GPC Computers
Grand Rapids Art Museum
Grand Rapids Ballet Company
GR City Parks + Recreation Department–3 R’s
GR Child Discovery Center
Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
Grand Rapids Community College, Academic Counseling Program
Grand Rapids Community College, IT Program
Grand Rapids Community College, Vocal Program

Grand Rapids Downtown Market
Grand Rapids Griffins
Grand Rapids Police Department
Grand Rapids Public Library
Grand Rapids Public Museum
Grand Rapids Sport & Social Club
Grand Rapids Symphony
Grand Valley State University-Institutional Marketing
Grand Valley State University-Admissions
Grand Valley State University, News & Information Services
Grandlan Gaming Center
Helen DeVos Childrens Hospital
HIS - Health Intervention Services
The Highlands Golf Club
Holland Home - Fulton Manor
Holy Spirit Catholic School
Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF)
Interactive Studio
Java Gym
John Ball Zoo
Kent County Health Department

Kent County Animal Shelter
Kentwood Cat Clinic
Kim’s K-9 

Life EMS Ambulance
Louis Benton Restaurant

Lubbers Family Farm

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
Maximize Technologies
Michigan Blood
MSU- College of Human Medicine 
Miller Johnson
Northfield Lanes

The Omelette Shoppe (4GR8Food)
Once Upon A Child
One Girl’s Treasure
Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan
Parkwood Pharmacy
Premier Skateboard
Progressive AE
Rhoades McKee
Romance Gardens + Greenhouses
Ronald McDonald House
Rosas Closet
Samaria J’s Salon

San Chez Tapas
Senior Neighbors
Snapdragon Boutique
Spectrum Health
Star Collision
Steelcase Inc.
Tanaz Hair Boutique and Day Spa
TC Paintball
United Methodist Community House
United States Army
United States Attorney's Office
The University Club
Warner Norcross + Judd

West Michigan Center for the Arts & Technology (WMCAT)

West Michigan Sports Commission
Whiskers Pet Resort + Spa
YMCA- David D. Hunting


Aquinas College

Baker College

Cooley Law School

Davenport University

Grand Valley State University School of Engineering

ITT Tech

Kirkhof College of Nursing / Grand Valley State University

Michigan State University / College of Human Medicine

Secchia Institute for Culinary Education / Grand Rapids Community College

Below is a list of Job Shadow sites that have supported our program. We are grateful to the following businesses and organizations who have hosted our students this year and/or in the past -- many of whom actually had multiple students and also participate every year:
61st District Court
Ada Hospital for Animals
Applause Catering

Arbor Circle

Blandford Nature Center
Brian Kelly Photography
The Bridge

Child Discovery Center
Citadel Broadcasting
City of Grand Rapids
Cooley Law School–Teen Court Program
Community Automotive Repair Inc.

Courtyard by Marriott 
Circle Theatre
Cornerstone Architects
Dickinson Wright
Dr. Amy DeYoung, DDS
DP Fox Ventures Collision Center
Edward Jones

Family Friends Vet Hospital
Fifth Third Bank 

Five Star Realty
Fox Shawmut Hills
Frederik Meijer Gardens + Sculpture Park
GE Aviation

Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Gina’s Boutique
Grand Rapids Ballet
Grand Rapids Gymnastics
Grand Rapids Police Department
Grand Rapids Press 
Grand Rapids Public Library
Grand Rapids Public Schools - Zoo School
GRPS – Nutritional Food Services

Great Lakes Computer
Hanon McKendry

Helen DeVos Children's Hospital
Hope College-Women’s Basketball            
House of Style
Humane Society of West Michigan
Jeff Dykehouse Photography
John Ball Zoo
JW Marriott
Kendall College of Art and Design
Kent County Animal Shelter
Kent County Office of Administrator

Little Posh GR
Muse Boutique
Pine Hills Kennel and Sportsman Club
Progressive AE
Reflections Salon
Saint Mary’s Health Care
Siegel Jewelers
Steelcase Inc.
Dr. Joseph Talcott Offices


Triumph Music Academy
Unique Models and Talent
Van Andel Institute
Warner Norcross + Judd
WGVU - Morning Show
West Michigan Sports Commission
Dr. James Zarafonetis, DDS

Every year, we work in partnership with Junior Achievement of Michigan Great Lakes to secure all of the speakers. Three times over the course of the year, six speakers come to the school to share information about their career and offer a hands-on activity. Students selected two of the six speakers to hear each time. We are incredibly thankful to Junior Achievement for helping us offer our youngest students this introduction into the many careers that are connected to their interests.

Additionally, in partnership with Grand Valley State University Career Services, our high students have an opportunity to participate in two GVSU sponsored career fairs. Our students have been able to meet and connect with various employers from around the region before it was open to the public. The students have been able to explore career options from the employer's perspective based on current and upcoming employment needs, as well as develop skills in presenting themselves, sharing information, and asking questions of prospective employers. We are incredibly grateful to Grand Valley State University for helping us continue to develop unique educational opportunities for our students to better prepare them for the future.

We are also incredibly grateful to Steelcase Inc. for their support of our Summit that assists in preparing our students for their upcoming Job Shadows. This year, Each year, Steelcase Inc. has host our 8th grade students for an all-day conference complete with community speakers discussing topics such as how to present yourself in a new environment to how to make yourself invaluable in any situation. We are grateful to them and all of their staff and the community volunteers who give so much to make these events unforgettable experiences for our students!

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