Career and Internship Resources

Careers and Internships

Graduate Students

At the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, we place a strong emphasis on providing professional, personalized, and supportive career services to all of our MPP/MPA students and those PhD students pursuing non-academic careers. The Ford School’s Graduate Career Services department offers a wide and creative variety of programs, individualized services, and resources to help students explore careers and secure internships and jobs. Staff work with students throughout their time at the Ford School to help them find the best ways to put their policy skills and interests to work.

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Undergraduate Students

U-M Career Center

At the undergraduate level, career and internship support for Ford School students is provided by the U-M Career Center. Centrally located in the Student Activities Building (SAB), the Career Center assists 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:

Study abroad/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 each student’s particular area of academic interest.

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, and research and funding opportunities. The site can also be used a travel resource with checklists, health and safety information, and the University of Michigan travel registry.