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Applied Leadership Fellows

As an Applied Leadership Fellow, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Actively develop and lead activities and opportunities that strengthen the BLI community
  • Work in collaborative teams to build skills in communication, project planning, self-awareness, and inclusion
  • Receive individualized coaching from professional staff on workplace skills and professional development through goal-setting and timely feedback
  • Develop a sense of self-confidence and agency, so you are comfortable taking risks and embracing opportunities to thrive
  • Develop valuable professional skills and experiences essential for impactful leadership at Michigan and beyond

 ALFs will work (and learn) on one of the following teams:

  • EVENTS: Coordinate and facilitate multiple student-facing events each semester. Includes event ideation, logistical planning, budgeting, registration management, facilitation, and reporting for each event.
  • MARKETING/COMMUNICATIONS: Lead student-facing communications through creation and distribution of the BLI newsletter, social media management, website updating, and designing print and digital promotional materials.
  • COMMUNITY OUTREACH, RECRUITMENT & ENGAGEMENT: Engage and educate the BLI and greater University community about the BLI organization with the goals of recruiting members, building community, and strengthening campus partner relationships.
  • GRANTS & FUNDING: Provide assistance and guidance through the BLI funding application process; responsible for tracking all new and existing funding applications in the online application system.
  • RETREAT PROJECT MANAGERS: Responsible for managing the administrative operations and facilitation of the BLI Detroit Retreat, while working closely with the ALF program manager and administrative specialist. Support the Mindful Leader Retreat through pre-work and weekend assistance.
  • LEAD ALF: Provide mentorship and support to ALF teams. Work to promote cross-team collaborations to help ensure the success of student-facing initiatives and events. Lead the charge in facilitating alumni engagement opportunities and events for members. Available to returning fellows only.

Learn More

  • Time requirement: 5–10 hours per week
  • Eligibility: Must have completed any BLI LEARN experience
  • Application for 2024-25: Open April 3-April 14
  • Compensation: $16/hour
  • The BLI Applied Leadership Fellowship qualifies as a Blue Experience of the Michigan Leadership Certificate. 


“The Community Engagement and Outreach team offers a number of opportunities to engage with the University of Michigan community as well as Ann Arbor writ large. Some of my projects have focused on reaching out to faculty and student orgs, tabling at all kinds of events, and running BLI info sessions for admitted students who are thinking about coming to Michigan. It’s a great role for a social person who is comfortable putting themselves out there, speaking publicly, etc. This work has grown my network and my interpersonal skills, and my time in the BLI has given me so many professional opportunities and allowed me to pursue self-guided work.”

Ethan Hopper, Applied Leadership Fellow

“Grant writing is an essential skill, especially in the public sector! As the funding applied leadership fellow, you develop practical skills such as proofreading, grant design and compilation, public speaking, and analytical reasoning. I had the opportunity to read dozens of grant proposals, and from that experience I became much more aware about the strengths and weaknesses in my writing. This proved invaluable when it came time to apply for graduate schools and internships.”

Chris Pumford, Applied Leadership Fellow