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Rackham Internships

Given the diverse careers that our graduates pursue, Rackham Graduate School provides funding for internships that prepare students to succeed in the expanded range of careers available to them.

Important Update Related to COVID-19

Rackham is currently moving forward with awarding internship funds as planned. However, these funds are contingent upon university, state, and federal policy. As stated on the U-M COVID-19 update webpage, this is a rapidly evolving situation. Currently remote internships are allowed and encouraged in accordance with current U-M policy from the Office of the Provost for experiential learning during the spring and summer terms. This policy applies to all students pursuing spring/summer 2020 internships. Students wishing to do an in-person internship must submit a safety plan that has been approved by the student’s supervisor, the Chief Travel Safety Officer, and the Travel Oversight Committee. An approved safety plan will be required for all in-person internships, even those that are local.

Why Do an Internship?


Work Outside Your Home Department

Get fresh perspectives on your training and how it can be applied.


Develop New Skills

Identify gaps in you skill set and hone your expertise.


Explore Your Interests

Learn more about careers that intrigue you.



Establish important professional contacts in your field.


Gain Experience

Position yourself competitively for future job opportunities.

Rackham Internship Programs

Rackham currently offers these internship funding programs and is developing new mechanisms for internship support.

Academic Term Internship Fellowships

Rackham Academic Term Internship Fellowships provide humanities and social sciences doctoral candidates internship opportunities throughout the academic year (fall and winter semesters) in diverse workplaces outside the university.

Biosciences Internship Grant

Biosciences Internship Grants fund a supervised, practical experience for a maximum of 12 weeks during the spring or summer terms that provides insights into career opportunities for doctoral students enrolled in bioengineering, biological, biomedical, or health sciences programs.

Public Engagement Internship Fellowships

The Rackham Public Engagement Internship 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.

Contact Professional and Academic Development

1530 Rackham Building
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
Phone: (734) 647-4013
Fax: (734) 936-2848


Professional and Academic Development 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.