Trinity Christian College Partners With Upkey to Provide Over $1.5 Million of Academic Credit to Students Displaced by COVID-19

May 14, 2020

Participants in virtual internship program can receive three academic credits

Palos Heights, Ill.—Trinity Christian College has partnered with Upkey, a Chicago startup, to offer more than $1.5 million worth of academic credit to students participating in its virtual internship program.

Driven by a commitment to provide unique educational opportunities that seek the public good, Trinity is offering three academic credits to students who successfully complete Upkey’s online internship and business education program. More than 5,000 students applied to the program, which was open to 1,000 students.

“While COVID-19 has brought many unpredictable and abrupt changes, it cannot shake us from our core mission of helping students flourish by providing accessible education,” said Trinity Provost Aaron Kuecker, Ph.D. “When we learned about Upkey’s digital summer internships and saw their vision for helping students thrive, we were eager to create additional value in the program by making it possible for students to have their educational experience transcripted for college credit.”

Upkey’s Virtual Internship Program is an eight-week educational experience, starting on June 1. Each week, participants will be learning from expert sources, conducting research, and completing interactive projects. The program will cover a broad range of topics developed with the support of faculty from leading universities and top business schools across the nation.

“We are so humbled with the volume of students who have reached out and thanked us for creating an opportunity for them,” said Amir Badr, Founder and CEO, Upkey. “Everyone at Upkey is grateful for Trinity’s help in providing real college credit to students who were impacted by COVID-19. These credits will help students both educationally and financially.”


About Trinity Christian College

Trinity Christian College, located in Palos Heights, Ill., is an accredited liberal arts college offering more than 70 programs of study, master’s degree programs in clinical mental health counseling and education, and an Adult degree completion accelerated program. To learn more, visit

About Upkey

Upkey provides free online educational resources to students ranging from high-school to university level. Through gamified modules, the company focuses on making professional growth, fun, easy, and accessible to everyone. The goal of Upkey is to create equal opportunities across the board, and provide underrepresented students the tools needed to be successful in their career path. In the past six months, the company has served over 15,000 students across the nation. Those interested in learning more can visit