Engage with us

Students who chose the Ford School are diverse and gifted, active and engaged, and creative and passionate.  Our programs prepare students to think analytically across disciplines, to communicate clearly and effectively, to lead, and to work collaboratively to solve tough problems.

Ford School graduate and undergraduate students, mentored and supervised by faculty, can assist you in your policy work through semester-long individual or team research projects or fellowships and summer internships or fellowships.

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Check out our current opportunities:


Provide high-level guidance to students teams working on client-based course projects.
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Speaking Opportunities

Share your professional experience with our students.
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Community Projects

Partner with students on short- or long-term projects.
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Below are some projects that we have collaborated on with our partners.

Practical Community Learning Project

Detroit: Bee City USA

Students worked with community partner Detroit Hives to establish Detroit as an office Bee City. They prepared the official application to Bee City USA and laid the groundwork for the passage of a Detroit City Council resolution.
Read more about "Detroit: Bee City USA"
Strategic Public Policy Consulting

The Future of Career Technical Education in Washtenaw County

Students worked with community partner Washtenaw Intermediate School District to look at access and equity across their technical education programming.
Read more about "The Future of Career Technical Education in Washtenaw County"
Research Fellow Project

Voters Not Politicians Communities of Interest Outreach Video

Students Molly Kalb (BA ‘21) and Mariam Sayeed (MPP ‘21) worked with community partner Voters Not Politicians (VNP) to conduct research and produced a short, lively, informative video.
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