Self-Directed Internship Opportunities
The Nonprofit and Public Management Center provides internship support for students pursuing graduate degrees in the schools of Public Policy and Social Work. Each spring NPM awards stipends to graduate students who will be serving in summer internships utilizing management skill sets in the nonprofit or public sectors.
How the Program Works
NPM solicits applications in the winter semester. Selected students must have:
- A record of academic and professional excellence;
- Knowledge and skills relevant to their selected organization;
- A desire to extend themselves beyond their previous experience through their internships;
- A commitment to the nonprofit or public management sector.
In addition, internships must be at least 10 weeks in length and only internships served prior to your graduation from U-M are eligible. Accepted students pursuing graduate degrees in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the School of Social Work are awarded up to $2000 each to defray costs associated with their internships, including those with a limited stipend and with organizations anywhere in the U.S. or abroad.
How to Apply
Thank you for your interest in Self-Directed Summer Internship Support. We are no longer accepting applications for 2010 summer internship support.
Please note that only students pursing graduate degrees in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the School of Social Work are eligible to apply.
Internship Support Awardees for 2009
The Nonprofit and Public Management Center was pleased to support the following students who served internships in nonprofit and public organizations during the summer of 2009.
From the School of Social Work:
Yiwei Chen, an MSW/MPP student, worked with the Joint US-China Cooperation on Clean Energy. There she worked on program development for the Mayor Training Program, which designed the course and introduced policies for successful energy efficiency programs to mayors across China. Yiwei also assisted with the content of the China Energy Blueprint Web site.
Seva Gandhi, an MSW student, split her intern time between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Reto Juvenil Internacional (RJI). UNHCR is an agency that strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another state, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally, or to resettle in a third country. At RJI, Seva worked with members of a team from the School of Social Work, working side by side with community members in Liberia to identify changes they would most like to see in their communities. They then connected with other organizations in the area to help implement this change.
Michelle Paffel, an MSW student, interned with the Women's Health Association. Women's Health Association works to research, educate and advocate for provision of health care policies that focus on the female population, primarily those who are young and economically disadvantaged. Michelle's focus was on grants, policy-related issues and education programming for women in the area.
From the Ford School of Public Policy:
Cara Orfield, an MPP student, worked as a Development Analyst Intern for Development Gateway Foundation, an international non-governmental organization working to connect developing countries with valuable technological resources. Cara supported the Aid Effectiveness Team in the testing, marketing and implementation of the Foundation's aid management tools. She also worked on improving a software package developed to help countries' Ministries of Finance more effectively and transparently manage international aid dollars.
Laura Rosen, an MPP student, interned with LifeSpring Hospitals, an organization located in Hyderabad, India that operates a chain of small hospitals focused on providing high quality, low-cost maternal and child healthcare to low-income women and children in India. Laura developed recommendations on how the enterprise could maintain and lower costs, therefore increasing the number of individuals the hospitals serve. She additionally, worked on a project to assess community interest in and demand for LifeSpring's community outreach initiatives.
Nadia Wong, an MPP/MSW student, worked with Community Action Network (CAN), whose mission is to serve families in under-resourced neighborhoods in Washtenaw County. They provide educational and life skills programs for children and teens, and supportive housing services for families. CAN advocates for low-income families with schools, community service providers, and government agencies. As a Management Human Services intern, Nadia focused on grant-writing, development of materials for volunteers, and supporting committees and coalitions that CAN is active in, as well as learning more about social policy implications on the organization.
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