The Voyager Scholarship: Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service

The Voyager Scholarship helps students pursuing careers in public service by providing access to travel and education to rising Juniors who seek financial support to alleviate their student debt and take on opportunities that otherwise seem financially out of reach.

For full details, follow this link to the website for the The Voyager Scholarship: Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service 

Here is what the scholarship offers:

  • Financial aid up to $50,000: Students will receive up to $25,000 per year in “last dollar” financial aid to cover remaining tuition and/or living costs for their junior and senior years of college. This last-dollar approach builds on other financial aid programs and helps ensure the students can pursue a career in public service and are not constrained by crushing student debt.
  • Summer Voyage: President Obama and Brian have different backgrounds, but share the fundamental belief and lived experience that exposure to new places and experiences broaden our horizons and redefine what we believe is possible. With a budget of $10,000, students will design their own summer voyage between their junior and senior year of college. The experience will allow students to pursue internships or mentorship opportunities anywhere in the world that will broaden their horizons and prepare them for careers in public service. Students will also be able to stay in homes on Airbnb using credits provided by Airbnb.
  • 10-year travel stipend: After graduation, Airbnb will provide the students with a $2,000 travel credit every year for 10 years, totaling $20,000. This will allow students to continue to broaden their horizons and forge new connections throughout their public service careers.
  • Fall Summit: Voyagers will be invited to an annual Fall Summit. This fall, the summit will include a meeting with President Obama, Brian Chesky, and other leaders. They will also get access to a network of other Voyagers and alumni with whom they can connect with at the summit and beyond.
  • A network of leaders: Throughout the program, students will be invited to an ongoing speaker series, giving them access to a network of leaders. This network of leaders will expose them to new areas of service and innovations happening in their fields. After graduation, they will join the Obama Foundation’s global community, providing them with Foundation resources and programming.

Here are the basic eligibility requirements for people applying to this program:

  • Plan to enroll full-time in their junior year of study at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States in Fall 2022. Eligible students are:
    • Finishing sophomore year in Spring 2022
    • Or transferring from a two-year to a four-year college for their 2022-2023 junior academic year
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to public service**
  • Plan to pursue a career in public service upon graduation
  • Be a United States (US) citizen, US permanent resident (holder of a Permanent Resident Card), or an individual granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA)

    **This scholarship allows for a broad definition of public service, which includes careers in government, non-profits or the private sector. A career in public service includes a range of occupations—from community organizing to social work and from entrepreneurship to the arts—all committed to solving our biggest challenges together.

More information is detailed on their website, but additional critical points are as follows:

  • Preference may be given to applicants with no or limited prior engagement with other leadership programs in their undergraduate experience. 
  • Students must demonstrate financial need to be considered for the program.
  • Scholarship America, which is administering the application and disbursing scholarships to selected students, uses a formula similar to that used by college financial aid offices (Federal Methodology), using information provided in the Financial Data section of the application.
  • This application does not require long essays, references, or affiliates. It does require a video essay, and several short-answer questions — components the II F&G office is equipped to advise on.

Now accepting applications for 2022-23 Public Humanities Internship

Open to U-M juniors and seniors (including non-humanities disciplines)

The Public Humanities Internship is a paid internship program that provides 8 selected undergraduate students at the University of Michigan with the opportunity to participate in the life of the Institute for the Humanities through a unique combination of program development and event marketing. If you are interested in expanding your understanding of the humanities and communicating the value of the humanities to your peers and the broader public, want to work with people who share those values, and would like to gain leadership, programming, and marketing skills, the Public Humanities Internship may be for you. The pay rate for the internship is $18/hour. Application deadline is June 1, 2022. 

Job Duties:

  • Work 5–7 hours per week in-person at the Institute for the Humanities; programming weeks may require additional time
  • Attend a weekly meeting with intern cohort and intern coordinator
  • Plan, promote and execute a fall 2022 public humanities event (possibly in collaboration with the Asian/American Pacific Islander American Studies Program)
  • Plan, promote and execute a month-long series on Humanities and Afrofutures during winter 2023
  • Additional projects/tasks as assigned

Applicant Criteria:

  • Undergraduate student with junior or senior status
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and meet deadlines
  • Must be present on campus fall 2022 and winter 2023
  • We welcome majors from across the disciplines (including non-humanities)

To apply, submit the following by June 1, 2022 through the Student Employment application portal:

  • A cover letter indicating why you are interested in this internship and what you believe you can bring to this experience in terms of programming ideas, talents, skills, creativity, or knowledge.
  • Resume
  • Short essay: 300 words or less, tell us about an instance when something humanities-related impacted you or someone you know.
  • Have your recommender submit their confidential letter of recommendation via email to sharrell@umich.edu by June 1, 2022.  Please instruct your recommender to include your name in the letter.
  • Applicants will be notified of results by June 15, 2022.

Michiganensian Yearbook – Opportunity for COMM students

The Michiganensian Yearbook is the only publication at the University of Michigan that can truly capture the spirit and character of the entire year. The Michiganensian is a full color, 400+ page book featuring campus life, special events, sports, student organizations, and more. It also features the graduates from both the fall and winter semesters.

We are looking for more students to join our staff as writers, photographers and designers for the 2022-23 academic year.

Job descriptions, staff benefits, and the application can be found on our website

Please feel free to reach out to ensian.um@umich.edu or EIC Dyanna Bateman (dyannab@umich.edu) with any questions.

StoryFit Summer Internship Opportunity

The StoryFit 2022 Summer Internship program will focus on understanding the basic elements of stories and how those elements relate to story form, audience response, and appropriate measurement techniques. Their goal for the summer is to measurably enhance the reliability of their current story-elements-inference algorithm by iterating on our current approach and adding in new technologies.

You can find their summer internship description and instructions on how to apply, here.

Virtual International Studies Information Session, 4/19, 4-5pm ET, Zoom

Thinking About Declaring an International Studies Major or Minor?
Students considering a major or minor in International Studies are strongly encouraged to attend an Information Session and Q&A. The Program academic advisors will discuss:

  • Prerequisites
  • Major and minor requirements
  • Sub-plans
  • How to declare
  • Additional majors and minors offered at the International Institute
  • Study abroad, grants, and internships
  • Relevance of an International Studies major or minor

When: 4:00-5:00 PM ET, Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Where: This information session will be held virtually ET through Zoom. This webinar is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Once you’ve registered the joining information will be sent to your email. Register now!

A half-hour presentation will be followed by questions and discussion. Students can declare a major or minor at the Information Session. For more information, email is-advising@umich.edu.

Parents and prospective students are welcome. For more information, please email is-michigan@umich.edu.

Students can receive academic advising for PICS through scheduled advising appointments. Students can also email is-advising@umich.edu with quick questions.

FischTank Pr Internship

FischTank PR is a NYC-based communications agency that provides companies of all sizes with innovative and effective public relations, digital marketing, copywriting, strategic messaging, and social media marketing. FischTank works with clients of all industries, including but not limited to emerging technology, financial services, healthcare, real estate, professional services, clean technology, public affairs, and many others. 

FischTank is seeking 3-4 public relations interns to join their growing account teams to support client campaigns through media research and media list building, social media monitoring, content drafting, reporting, drafting media pitches, supporting blog content and much more. Interns will work alongside team members daily, gaining experience in an agency setting while working on several types of accounts.

The summer internship program runs through mid-May to early-September (start/end dates flexible), 4 days per week (Mon-Thurs, 10am-4pm, hours flexible) and pays $15/per hour + class credit as needed. The internship will be completely remote. 

Previous internship experience preferred, but not required. Please send resumes to saurilia@fischtankpr.com

Great Lakes Now Intern

Read more and apply here

The Great Lakes Now Intern will support the GLN staff in all phases of our projects – which include a daily news and information site, a monthly show and regular online engagement events. 

Essential Functions: 

Interns to get practical and realistic hands-on experience in one of the following positions. Please specify in your application which position you are interested in. 

Instagram Account Management: Creating stories/photos/videos and text from segments, articles, show production, etc. for GLN’s Instagram account. Assist with developing Instagram plan for GLN and create “playbook” for Instagram needs and “best practices.” 

News Reporting: Attend weekly department meetings, listen and offer content suggestions. Work with GLN News Director to develop story ideas and hone writing skills. Research, report and write stories on a variety of topics and themes for publishing on the site. Compile biweekly headline roundups.  

Detroit Public TV (DPTV) is the largest and most watched public television station serving Southeastern Michigan, the most diverse public television audience in the country. We’re also the state’s only community-licensed station, meaning we operate independent of any educational, government or other institution. Our funding comes from the community we serve. 

Detroit Journalism and Video Production Intern

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The One Detroit Intern will support the Detroit Bureau staff, based at the Marygrove Conservancy, in all phases of our projects, which include: producing our two weekly episodes, daily social media content, content creation for our website, and regular online engagement events. Interns will get practical and realistic production and video journalism experience assisting One Detroit’s producer team. 

One Detroit is Detroit Public TV’s award-winning local news initiative, which has created a national model for community-based television journalism, which seeks to tell the authentic story of Detroit and Southeast Michigan through ongoing engagement and in-depth reporting. 

Detroit Public TV (DPTV) is the largest and most watched public television station serving Southeastern Michigan, the most diverse public television audience in the country. We’re also the state’s only community-licensed station, meaning we operate independent of any educational, government or other institution. Our funding comes from the community we serve.