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U-M Dearborn Office of Metropolitan Impact


Dearborn, MI (remote)

Description of Project Role and Responsibilities

Please indicate which project you are interested in in your application materials. You may apply to more than one, but please submit a separate application for each.

Option #1: Youth and/or Returning Citizen Connections to Post-Secondary Education


Tracy S. Hall, M.P.A., Ph.D., Executive Director, OMI

The Office of Metropolitan Impact (OMI) partners with various community organizations in Detroit to support and promote positive youth development, support attainment of a high school diploma or General Equivalency Degree (GED), develop career readiness, and create pathways to higher education for youth (primarily BIPOC) between the ages of 16 and 24, as well as those who have had interaction with the carceral systems, including returning citizens. This engagement is done through a Trauma Informed Care and Restorative Practices approach that we call Healing Centered Restorative Engagement (HCRE), which seeks to support the development of the whole person.

As part of a diverse team of faculty, staff, and community partners, the intern will be involved in the following:

  • Researching best practice literature on trauma informed and restorative approaches for youth development and/or carceral-impacted individuals.
  • Analyzing data collected from youth engagement workshops and programs to inform future initiatives.
  • Developing workshops, resources, and trainings for target audience programming.
  • Engaging in strategic planning related to serving our target audiences and engaging with post-secondary (PSE) and other systems to provide better pathways to PSE credentials and degrees, leading to family-sustaining careers.
  • Identifying and pursuing funding opportunities to support on-going community work with youth, including, but not limited to, literature review and grant proposal research and pursuit of both government and foundation opportunities.

Tasks and areas of foci are mutually determined once a student has been onboarded and areas of particular interest and opportunities for skills development have been determined.

Option 2: U-M Dearborn Elective Carnegie Engaged Campus Classification—Supporting Campus-wide Activities in Anticipation of Reclassification Efforts


Tracy S. Hall, M.P.A., Ph.D., Executive Director, OMI

The Office of Metropolitan Impact (OMI) leads campus-wide activities related to its nationally recognized Carnegie Engaged Campus Classification (CECC).

“Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching, and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.”

U-M Dearborn received its CECC classification in 2015 and anticipates applying for reclassification in the 2026 cycle. An intern serving in this role would assist campus leadership in preparing the campus for reclassification. As part of a diverse team of faculty, staff, and community partners, the intern will be involved in the following types of activities:

  • Collecting data and identifying primary and secondary data sources on campus and within community, including projects, research, programs, and activities carried out by faculty, students, and staff with community partners (private and public).
  • Analyzing data collected to inform campus-wide engagement strategies regarding future engaged initiatives.
  • Developing and offering workshops, resources, and trainings to educate faculty, students, staff, and community partners about the value and importance of community-university community engagement.
  • Researching literature on community-university community engagement and contributing to OMI crafted academic journal articles about theory and related practices.

Tasks and areas of foci are mutually determined once a student has been onboarded and areas of particular interest and opportunities for skills development have been determined.

Option #3: SEMI Wild


Tracy S. Hall, M.P.A., Ph.D., Executive Director, OMI and John H. Hartig, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, University of Windsor and Great Lakes Science-Policy Advisor, International Association for Great Lakes Research

Description of Project Role and Responsibilities

SEMI Wild (SouthEast Michigan Wild) is a collective impact collaborative network that has evolved over the past five-plus years to represent over 50 regional institutions committed to conservation issues. SEMI Wild’s vision is that all people in the metropolitan Detroit region have access to and actively steward nature and promote ecosystem sustainability. Member institutions include the Detroit Zoological Society, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, mParks, Detroit Audubon, Ducks Unlimited, Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy, Oakland Conservation District, and many, many more.

SEMI Wild will co-host the next State of the Strait Conference in Fall 2021 in the United States. The State of the Strait is a binational (Canada-United States) collaboration that hosts a meeting every two years to bring together government managers, researchers, students, environmental and conservation organizations, and concerned citizens. Participants work to understand historical ecosystem conditions and assess current ecosystem status in order to achieve a better future for the Detroit River and western Lake Erie.

The theme of the fall 2021 conference is proposed to be contaminated sediment remediation. The indicator project and 2019 State of the Strait Conference found that an additional 5.1 million cubic meters of contaminated sediment in the Detroit River will need remediation, as well as the shipping channel of the Rouge River. Obviously, this is an enormous challenge. We are proposing having talks on all the sediment remediation that has been undertaken in the area, as well as highlighting the enormous need to address the remaining 5.1 million cubic meters in the Detroit River and contaminated sediments of the shipping channel of the Rouge River. A key to this will be creative and collaborative financing. We are proposing a panel discussion on collaborative financing to help move forward together. It is very timely topic and much needed. The intern could:

  • Compile data on contaminated sediment remediation, including navigational dredging by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Detroit District, for presentation in a paper at the conference
  • Serve on the steering committee to organize and convene the conference
  • Research and help identify examples and case studies of collaborative financing for contaminated sediment remediation; and
    help prepare a final conference report

We are projecting convening the conference in fall 2021.

Time Commitment and Stipend

Start date: May 4, 2021
End date: August 20, 2021
Hours or days per week: two to four days per week (Thursdays are staff meeting days and it is helpful to be available)
Duration: 8-16 weeks over four months – variable depending on mutual agreement
Stipend: $3,360 to $8,960

About the Organization

The University of Michigan-Dearborn Office of Metropolitan Impact (OMI) supports and creates programs to engage students, faculty, and community partners in mutually beneficial activities that impact southeast Michigan. We seek out and broker strategic community partnerships, provide faculty seed grants and facilitate connecting students to meaningful engagement and internship opportunities.