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No Free Mopping

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.

NFM 2017

Laura Marsh, Malile Group

Keisuke Ozeki, Atsumi & Sakai Janssen

Levi Teitel, Office of Representative Dan Kildee (5th District, Michigan)

Alyssa Waters, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

NFM 2016

Jeane Emily DuBose, Legal Council for Health Justice’s Homelessness and Mental Health Project

Julia Kropa, Mil Mujeres Legal Services

Haley Goeckel, Spirasi

Georgia Williams, The Daily Caller

NFM 2015

Donovan Alkire, Student Buyers Association

Alex Boscolo, March of Dimes

Nicole Pugliese, Amnesty International

Ari Schoenburg, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia

NFM 2014

Jack Fuller, Judge George Buth (17th Circuit Court of Michigan)

Rosie Levine, Beijing Postcards

Benjamin Newman, US Embassy to Sofia, Bulgaria

Jason Rozbruch, New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)

Jose Miranda, Elephant Room, Inc.

NFM 2013

Eleanor Davis, Creative Rights

Joseph Duncker, Office of the Cook County Public Defender

Brighid Klick, Orb Magazine

Conor Lane, Center for American Progress