Students should keep several things in mind when deciding whether to do an internship. First, you must decide if you can fit it in your schedule. A typical 3 credit hour internship takes up about 15 hours a week of your time (10 working/placement hours, travel time, writing journals, and the internship seminar). Also, you should have a good idea of what exactly you are looking for in terms of what career you would like to pursue or experience you would like to have. For example, if you are interested in pursuing a career in urban planning then interning for a law office might not be all that helpful. Do not simply take any internship opportunity; it is well worth it to take your time and explore many options before deciding on a particular internship.
Beyond career explorations an internship may provide an opportunity to experience grassroots politics, particularly during election seasons, but also through many non-profit community organizing groups.
The placement contacts on this site have been organized by area of interest, as seen in our searchable Excel Spreadsheet.
In addition the State of Michigan has its own internship program. Another helpful site is Intern in Michigan, which is an online matchmaking site for Michigan’s college students and employers, a Web site that links students looking for summer jobs with employers looking for summer help.
The Michigan Local Government Managers Association also has an excellent list of internship opportunities.
Another great resources for students is Idealist. Please look under the "volunteer" and "internship" section of the site.
Students should feel free to find other internship placements beyond those listed on the web site, but you should discuss these with Dr. Rosenfeld and obtain his approval.
It is important to start your search for an internship placement at least a full semester prior to the semester in which you plan to do your internship! And if you’re interested in something in Washington, DC or abroad, you should begin your search a full year in advance, as many of these opportunities are competitive and require applications long in advance of the start dates. Now is the time to begin to think seriously about doing an internship during the Winter 2011 semester. We are experiencing a record number of students in internships as students are aware of the potential link between an internship and great jobs after graduation. When I ask our students why there are so many doing internships, the overwhelming response is to prepare themselves for jobs after graduation!
This should give you some idea about how many different kinds of internships are possible: political campaigns, administrative agencies of Federal, state and local governments, lobbying, courts, public defenders, public safety, and many different kinds of nonprofits. Also, if you are in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) Program, you can receive academic credit for your required internship.
If you are interested in an internship for an upcoming semester, email me with your interest, and we can set up an advising appointment.