Internships

The Weiser Diplomacy Center (WDC) and International Policy Center (IPC) offer various funded internship opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students at the Ford School.

Weiser BA International Internship Awards

WDC / IPC typically fund three, $5,000 awards to cover summer internship costs for rising Ford School seniors.

Eligibility

  • Rising Ford School seniors.

How to apply

Questions?

  • If you have any questions regarding this funding opportunity, please contact Zuzana Wiseley, program coordinator (zwiseley@umich.edu).

MPP institutional & individually-developed internship awards

WDC / IPC provide award funding for Ford School MPP students pursuing internships with institutional partner organizations and with other employers identified by students.

  • Previous institutional internship partners have included the German Marshall Fund (Berlin, Germany), the Asia Foundation, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (London, England), and the International Organization for Migration (Geneva, Switzerland).
  • Student-identified internship opportunities vary annually, but they often represent both the government and non-governmental organization (NGO) sectors.

Eligibility

  • Ford School MPP students.

How to apply

  • For more information about this funding opportunity--including a list of current institutional partnerships, application requirements and deadlines--please contact the Office of Graduate Career Services. Students will be required to submit application materials via the Ford Careers platform.

Questions?

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Connor Bradbury, BA'22

National Security and Intelligence Analysis Intern at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW)

Connor Bradbury BA'22

“I was a member of the Levant Team inside the Iranian Axis of Resistance portfolio, where I examined Iranian proxy and partner activities in Lebanon and Palestine, in addition to Israeli actions in the region. This internship has been one of the most formative experiences of my undergraduate career. This experience cemented my desire to work in national security, foreign policy, and intelligence analysis careers. It also gave me important skills to realize that goal.”
Hannah Kraus MPP'22

Internship with the Trust for Social Achievement (TSA), virtual and in person in Bulgaria

Hannah Kraus MPP'22

My internship helped
me to understand the uses and limitations of different skills -- for example: when / how randomized
control trials in social policy can be implemented, or the ways in which research is used and designed for
policy advocacy. I was able to participate in the design of a quasi-experimental evaluation specifically
because of work I had done with statistics, surveys, and program evaluation in a prior job. All of these
would be useful skills to pick up at Ford to prepare for this internship, but then again, Trust for Social Achievement was very good
about tailoring the internship to my skillset and adapting projects based on my interests.