We offer programs and panels for students interested in attending graduate school. Past panelists have included Ford School BA alumni who have gone on to receive a Masters in Public Policy, Masters in Public Health, J.D., or PhD in Education Policy. Previous workshops led by employers have included topics such as networking and consulting case studies.
We help promote research and internship opportunities, as well as numerous opportunities for students to connect with employers and alumni throughout the year. These include:
- Employer information sessions and informal career sessions with BA alumni are open to BA students and provide insight into new careers and what it takes to get there.
- Informal lunches and meetings with diplomats and policymakers in residence are scheduled with students to discuss career opportunities in diplomacy and international policy (through the Weiser Diplomacy Center and International Policy Center).
- Alumni Office Hours are one-on-one conversations with a diverse group of alumni, open to all Ford School students.
- Alumni Career Panels on relevant topics, such as graduating during difficult economic times, are open to all Ford School students.
Developing strategy and ongoing support
We offer individual career advising sessions, resume and cover letter reviews, networking, and practice interviews with our BA career counselor.
Engaged learning, near and far
Undergraduate students have unique opportunities at the Ford School to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world situations. Many opportunities are offered through our dynamic Research Centers or our expert faculty. They include: study in Costa Rica; research on timely policy topics like politics and COVID-19, or education policymaking; and Program in Practical Policy Engagement’s Practical Community Learning Project Fellows program. Other student experiences include:
- Internships: Many Ford School students pursue summer internships to explore their field of interest outside the classroom. Donors and alumni have generously contributed funds to support Ford School undergraduate students’ participation in policy-related internships located in the United States or abroad.
- Michigan in Washington: Take a semester in DC to combine coursework with field research in an internship that reflects your interests.
- Semester in Detroit: Spend a semester living, learning, and working in Detroit to fully engage with people, organizations, and neighborhoods in transformative work.
- Engaged Learning seminar
Learn more about engaged learning opportunities at the Ford School.