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Engaged Learning Research and Teaching Internship


Office of Metropolitan Impact – University of Michigan-Dearborn


Dearborn, MI (Remote)


Tracy S. Hall, Ph.D.

Description of Internship Project and Intern’s Role and Responsibilities

The Office of Metropolitan Impact (OMI) works to further develop the value and impact of mutually beneficial partnerships between the University of Michigan-Dearborn and external community partners. Currently, the university has an interest in incorporating Project Based Learning (PBL) into courses across all four colleges. PBL is a teaching method in which students learn by actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects. As part of this process, OMI will be helping faculty identify projects and partners for faculty engaging their students in PBL experiences. The intern will help OMI develop a toolkit that can be used to support faculty. As part of this process, the intern will be involved in the following:

  • Researching PBL best practices and understanding the field of PBL scholarship for university and community partnerships;
  • Identifying potential solutions for faculty who do not typically implement projects into their curriculum or face challenges with planning projects for new courses; and
  • Developing a toolkit that faculty can use to support their students and utilize when planning PBL experiences.

Time Commitment (i.e., schedule, days per week needed)

Start date: Early May preferred
End date: by August 19



About the Organization

OMI supports and increases the local impact of the UM-Dearborn campus in the Metro Detroit area by investing in collaborative projects and initiatives between community and university. Our work lifts up faculty, supports student success, and increases the positive impact of community and university relationships.