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Program Assistants


  • Opportunity to set individual professional development goals, and receive individual coaching from your supervisor to work towards goals.
  • Gain leadership and professional skills through program support, administrative duties, and project management. 
  • Become an integral participant in the growth of the BLI and become an active builder of community within the BLI.
  • The prospect to work on a broad array of teams to diversify your experience and progress your leadership learning.

Time Requirement


  • Program Assistant is a paid professional development position with the BLI
  • 5-10 hours per week
  • Mandatory weekly staff meetings
  • BLI Fellows who have completed ALA 170 or 175.
  • Students who are active in the BLI community and have a passion for and commitment to community building and leadership.
  • Are comfortable working in a fast-paced, collaborative team environment.

Learn more and apply

  • Application for 2021-2022 will open in Fall 2021

 Have any questions?

“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, Program Assistant

“Grant writing is an essential skill, especially in the public sector! As the funding program assistant, 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, Program Assistant