History students at the University of Michigan are determined, creative, innovative, and analytical in and beyond the classroom. Yet more and more employers expect college graduates to enter the job market equipped with an academic degree and with work experience. As a result, students are increasingly expected to supplement their education with internships, most of which are unpaid.
Since it is problematic to make uncompensated labor a prerequisite for certain careers, and since many students face challenges navigating the internship market, the History Department offers a number of merit-based financial awards to majors who have accepted an unpaid internship of any kind. No Free Mopping Internships (NFM) is an initiative determined to help history majors succeed in the professional world and at the same time to draw attention to the expectations and disparities produced by the "educational value" of free work.
This program invites history majors who have applied, or who are in the process of applying, for an unpaid internship to apply to NFM for financial support. NFM applications for 2017 were due April 1, 2017; next year's deadline will be announced in early 2018. NFM offers several fellowship awards ranging between $1,000 and $2,000, depending on the duration and location of the internship. Please direct questions to Anne Berg, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Education.
NFM is presented by the Department of History with support from Steve Chapman and the Undergraduate Scholarship Support Fund.