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Rackham Public Scholarship Career Immersive: Kresge Foundation

Application Deadline: February 8, 2019

Program Date: February 18, 2019

Location: Kresge Foundation, Troy, MI

Capacity: Six students. Application process is competitive.



Depart Rackham Graduate School: 8:30 a.m.
Arrive at Kresge Foundation: 9:30 to 9:45 a.m.
Depart Kresge Foundation: 2:30 p.m.
Arrive back at Rackham Graduate School between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m.

Note: Rackham will provide transportation to/from the site.


Jalonne L. White-Newsome, Senior Program Officer, Environment Program. Ph.D., Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Immersive Description

Rackham Public Scholarship immersive experiences provide graduate students with brief experiences of one to several days to learn more about the workplaces, projects, research, and other opportunities involved in a specific career context related to public engagement and the common good. Students will engage in a site visit to meet with publicly engaged scholars working in a range of professions.

During the immersive at the Kresge Foundation, students will:

  • Receive introductions and learn about some of the work and events Kresge supports
  • Participate in a planned lunch forum on the work of the Environment Team, particularly focused on recent national and world reports related to climate change
  • Interact and shadow program officers from the Environment Team and others (as available) to learn about the day-to-day job of a program officer
  • Meet with a member of the Kresge Operationalizing Racial Equity Team to understand how Kresge is working to advance racial equity in the philanthropic world
  • Connect with other Kresge teams, based on desire of students and availability (Arts and Culture, Education, Health, Human Services, Communication, American Cities, Detroit, Social Investments, Investments)
  • Possibly meet with a member of the Executive Team to get a broader view of philanthropy (as schedules allow)

About the Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation is a private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development in Detroit. Our programs and their specific strategic objectives emanate from the six disciplines in which we traditionally worked: arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development in Detroit. Since our founding, improving the life circumstances for low-income, underserved adults and children has been our constant philanthropic focus. In 2012 we narrowed our geographic focus to the nation’s cities. More than 80 percent of the U.S. population lives in and around cities. Working in them offers us the greatest potential to assist the largest groups of people experiencing hardship and poverty.