Bachelor's of public policy alumni are well equipped to act, serve, and lead in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. We're here to help.
BA career development
At the undergraduate level, career and internship support for Ford School students is provided by the Ford School as well as by the U-M Career Center.
Ford School programs
The Ford School has created a comprehensive program to assist students with their post-graduation plans of employment and graduate school. Initiatives include:
- "Exploring the Public Policy Degree," a workshop for juniors that will lay out the many things students do with their public policy degree;
- An informational meeting on fellowship programs;
- Informal lunches with faculty to learn about their careers and particular policy issues;
- A workshop on the most effective ways to network with alumni and other professionals ;
- Professional development presentations by Ford School graduate students on the ways in which their post-undergrad work experiences have been helpful in their graduate studies;
- A program for students interested in attending law school ;
- Second semester senior roundtable discussion ;
- Workshops and/or Individual appointments with the writing instructors for cover letter and resume reviews ;
- BA alumni-in-residence sessions ; and
- Numerous office hours held in Weill Hall by U-M Career Center counselors.
About the U-M Career Center
Centrally located in the Student Activities Building (SAB), the Career Center assists U-M students in exploring career options, searching for internships, applying to graduate or professional school, or looking for full time employment. Ford School undergraduates may find the following Career Center programs and services of particular interest:
- Career counseling
- Graduate and professional school advising
- Job fairs and on-campus recruiting
- Public Service Internship Program (PSIP)
- Career Guide for Public Policy
Study abroad, study away
Michigan in Washington: Students interested in studying/interning in Washington, DC for an academic semester are encouraged to consider the Michigan in Washington program. The program provides a chance for students to combine coursework with field research in an internship that reflects their interests.
Semester in Detroit: Semester in Detroit allows undergraduate students to spend a semester living, working, and studying in Detroit in order to engage fully with the city.
International opportunities: The Global Michigan web portal provides students with information about studying abroad, international internships and service projects, and research and funding opportunities. The site can also be used as a travel resource with checklists, health and safety information, and the University of Michigan travel registry.