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Spring Semester in Detroit

Sp/su 2019 students participating in Creative Detroit, one of SiD's elective courses, on a field trip to ArtSpace Dearborn.

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Applications for spring/summer 2020 are now open! While all applications are accepted on a rolling basis, the priority deadline is December 1st. The final deadline is January 8th.

Spring/Summer 2020 program dates are May 4, 2020 - July 31, 2020. All students participating in the spring/summer program must participate in an immersion weekend in Detroit in February 21st-23rd, 2020.


The spring/summer program is open only to U-M Ann Arbor students. It begins in early May and runs through July.  The first two months can be quite intensive: students participate in accelerated classes about 15 hours per week while also interning at a community organization for 16 hours per week. Also, students only have room in their schedule to choose one of two elective course options. In July, after spring classes have ended, the rhythm and pacing of the program change significantly: students intern for 32 hours per week and meet one day a week with their cohort.  Students who complete the spring program need to take two additional courses to earn a Minor in Urban Studies.  

The Basics:

  • Earn 9 credits toward a minor in Urban Studies
  • Take classes in May & June (register for spring semester only - see classes below)
  • Intern part-time (16 hrs/week) in May & June
  • Intern full-time (32 hrs/week) in July
  • Participate in weekly "cohort days" in July, expanding your knowledge of the city and working with/learning from community partners outside of your internship