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Rackham Public Engagement Fellowships

The Rackham Public Engagement Fellowships provide Rackham students exciting opportunities to intern at cultural, nonprofit, and educational organizations on campus, in Ann Arbor, and in nearby communities like Detroit.

The goals of these fellowships are to connect graduate students’ knowledge to opportunities for impact outside the classroom, to advance mutually beneficial projects with partner organizations that serve diverse public audiences, and to assist students in exploring diverse career paths.

Experience working in diverse career settings can enhance students’ research and make them more competitive for positions inside and outside academia, improving their professional adaptability for a range of positions and roles. Each position provides skills to position students for future success as junior faculty members and emerging professionals within and beyond higher education, with a commitment public engagement.


Please read the application instructions thoroughly before starting the application. The application deadline is March 1, 2019.

About the Fellowships

  • Part-time (15 to 20 hours per week)
  • 8 to 15 weeks (May to August)
  • Stipends (generally $3,360 to $5,000, based on time commitment)
  • Selected fellows must attend a mandatory orientation meeting on April 25 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., as well as three cohort meetings throughout the summer, to be scheduled.

For doctoral students without other spring/summer funding (teaching, summer research fellowship, etc.), Rackham will work with departments to provide a supplemental award to support your advancement toward your degree during the term of your Rackham Public Engagement Fellowship. To be eligible for this award, you will be asked to provide a letter from your advisor and/or the Director of Graduate Studies in your department.

Some positions will require work and commuting beyond Ann Arbor. If you do not have individual transportation, one option is the Detroit Connector bus, which makes stops in Dearborn and Detroit from Ann Arbor.

Partner Sites

Funding Acknowledgements

These opportunities were previously funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Partial funding for these opportunities is made possible by the Jack and Jeannie Thompson Humanities Internship Fund.

Jack and Jeannie Thompson have personally invested in higher education and believe deeply in its ability to transform lives. Jack Thompson received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan in 1976. Dr. Thompson spent the latter part of his career as professor and dean at both Northwestern University and Oakton Community College in the Chicago suburbs. Mrs. Thompson had a 40-year career in the fields of healthcare, personal and career counseling, M.B.A. admissions, workforce education, executive development and outplacement, as well as mentoring and mediation. Dr. and Mrs. Thompson decided to create the Jack and Jeannie Thompson Humanities Internship Fund to support humanities students completing internships.

Contact the Program in Public Scholarship

1530 Rackham Building
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070


The Program in Public Scholarship is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The office is closed Saturdays and Sundays and on the following holidays: Thanksgiving (Thursday and the following Friday), Christmas through New Year's, Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4), and Labor Day.