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Giving Blue Day

On Giving Blueday 2017 we invite supporters worldwide to be Victors for Michigan. Our English Department funding priority for Giving Blue Day 2017 reflects our desire to promote student career and professional development. Our current graduate and undergraduate programs are thriving, and we are developing new strategies both to support our students as they seek internships and to extend the network of partners who provide sites for our students' internships. 

Giving Blueday is a day for everyone who loves Michigan to join together to support students, transform lives, shape the world, and make great things happen!

Student Career Development Fund

Support Our Internship Program. Our burgeoning internship program, supported by the newly established Student Career Development Fund, is gearing up for another exciting year. We believe that English is one of the most versatile majors a student can choose as an undergraduate at Michigan. We understand, too, that a number of our majors have opportunities to work in various internship placements, especially over the summer months, putting their skills as researchers, writers and speakers to work in placements outside the classroom. Many of our undergraduate and graduate interns are being offered positions and/or extensions of their internships upon graduation. Our recently appointed English Department Internship Director, Lisa Makman, assists students in identifying suitable training opportunities. To date, she has established partnerships with over 120 for profit and non-profit organizations across the state that have expressed interest in hiring English students. 

Student Career Development Fund Strategic Plans

One of our goals this year is to activate and engage more of our English alumni in order to continue to expand our partner network and to secure more internship opportunities for our students. 

Here are some of our plans for the next year:

  • The development of a program that enables alumni to provide monetary sponsorship for summer interns who are working in the sponsors’ fields and who have secured a department-approved internship.
  • “Flash internships,” for which English alumni offer brief internships or shadowing opportunities to students during winter or spring break.
  • A panel of past interns whose internships have led to jobs at the internship site.
  • The development of a program that enables alumni to offer mentorship and career guidance to students and graduates planning to enter the alumni’s fields.
  • A job fair, at which English alumni will speak about their work and at which prospective interns can secure summer positions.

Student Spotlights


  • "My internship at Forbes Media over the summer of 2017 was a fantastic opportunity for personal and professional growth. I was able to take the skills I learned in classes like English 425 with Jeremy Chamberlin and craft succinct narratives covering the media and entertainment industry. I had the opportunity to do research and write biographies for the Forbes Celebrity 100 List and then wrote weekly stories. Every day at Forbes was an adventure - I interviewed people like Jared Leto, French Montana, Samantha Bee and Malcolm Gladwell. I've stayed on at Forbes as a contributor during my senior year and I'm so grateful to the University of Michigan English Program for preparing me to be a productive and thoughtful member of the media."

           Rebecca Lerner, Media and Entertainment Intern, Forbes - Summer of 2017

  • "Each piece I wrote was meaningful to my growth as a writer...In several other pieces, I've been able to build some journalistic skills as they've required me to interview arts audience members. Previously, I had no experience drafting questions, interviewing, and transcription, but I leave this internship having built this very useful skill set!"

           Rachel Stopchinski, Ticket Office Student Leader, University Musical Society - Summer 2015

  • "Since I have officially had an unpaid fashion internship in NYC where I am 1 out 4 black people (in the company) -- I have gained a sronger voice with writing about the topic (of fashion) and have a new perspective. In the end, this internship has opened up many doors for me and allowed me to connect with so many great individuals who have been helping me with the next steps in my career journey; which is find a job."

DeVin'e Blacksher, PR Intern, Rebecca Minkoff, NYC. Currently employed as PR Trainee, Junior Account Representative - Summer, 2015


Internship Partners

Representative list of our Internship Partners: 

  • Ann Arbor Observer
  • ATT
  • Atwell, LLC
  • Detroit Music Magazine
  • Food Gatherers
  • Ford
  • General Motors
  • Google
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Huron Valley Women's Correctional Facility
  • UM Botanical Gardens
  • Washtenaw Literacy
  • Zingerman's

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You may mail a check to the Department Office:

Department of English Language & Literature
University of Michigan
3187 Angell Hall 1003
435 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003

Please be sure to make your check payable to the University of Michigan. To support the Student Career Development Fund, please indicate fund 328709.

Click here for a list of all of our funding opportunities. 

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