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Graphic showing that over 133 on-site visits to organizations have taken place as part of the Immersions program

Immersions are unique experiences that expose you to what it's like to work in certain fields and organizations. To learn more please check out the following information:



An Immersion is a unique opportunity to learn about an industry by visiting an organization's workplace. In a small group setting (~15), students will engage with professionals, be welcomed by staff, tour the company and explore their interests by experiencing a typical workday.

Immersions are half-day, on-site trips to companies and organizations. Each semester The Career Center regularly hosts Immersions focused on a diverse range of industries. 

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Students have the chance to ask questions to professionals in the field, go “behind the scenes” of a fashion boutique, work through a case study, role play real world problems, develop a PR pitch, create a business plan, network with Michigan alums, and find out about potential job and internship opportunities.

Since Immersions started in 2008, students have explored more than 30 different types of industries through visiting over 50 companies. Immersions have been hosted in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City.

NOTE: Due to the high interest of students to attend Immersions, students may be limited to only attending one immersion per semester. 

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October 19-20, 2015 (UMich Fall Break):

Guerrero Howe and Trunk Club (Fashion/Publishing/Sales), Chicago IL

StarCom  and Energy BBDO (Marketing/Advertisting), Chicago Illinois

October 23, 2015

Quicken Loans (Finance), Detroit MI

October 23, 2015

Ann Arbor SPARK (Entrepreneur, Information Technology, Start-ups), Ann Arbor MI

November 6, 2015

Domino's Corporate Headquarters, Ann Arbor, MI

November 13, 2015

Spectrum Health (Healthcare Industry), Grand Rapids, MI

November 20, 2015

Google (Information Technology, Business), Ann Arbor, MI

December 4, 2015

Collabera (Staffing, Recruiting), Detroit, MI

To start, Immersions are a unique experience for UM students. It is not every day you get to see the inside of a company. So if you're reading this already, you're one of the lucky ones because when we say this is a special opportunity, we mean it.

What An Immersion Is

An Immersion is:
- brainstorming marketing ideas for Emanate’s newest product
- practicing a case study with Deloitte UM alumni
- hearing the hum of mortgage bankers at Quicken Loans
- leaving your mark on the (actual) office wall of Facebook

1. Get A Clear Understanding Of What A Job Is Really Like – From People Who Do It Every Day

An Immersion is experiencing an actual day in the working world from inside the office and through the stories of real employees. It’s going to Starcom MediaVest Group and learning from past UM Alumni by asking questions, learning how the company functions, seeing what the culture is like, and sitting down with real people with real experience to tell you the reality of working in marketing.

2. See If It’s A Place You Would Fit Into

Once you have a greater understanding of the industry, you can use the Immersion to see whether this field could be a potential career path for you.

Think you would like working in a cubicle every day? Are you more of an “open office” type with no walls? Maybe you realize you’d hate the idea of an office altogether. Could you work in a place that has constant noise, tons of collaboration and the potential of getting blind-sided by a nerf gun or would you rather have quiet spaces, independent projects, and a lot of travel?

There are tons of questions to consider when thinking about the work culture, environment, and company values that are often hard to know without seeing it for yourself.

3. Connect And Network – From Entry-level To CEO’s

An Immersion can help you take a next step and get ahead of your peers through networking and building connections.

You can ask the UM Alumni, current employees, or recruiters that often lead Immersions for tips on how to prepare in your undergrad to apply. Ask what they look for in applicants. What did they do before working at Starcom? What was their major? Here their stories and get their advice!

Then, don’t forget to follow up! Ask for their card. Send a thank you. Add them on LinkedIn and really take advantage of meeting them face-to-face. Building your professional network will set you a part in the long run so make the most of your experience! You never know whom the people you meet may know or how they can open up opportunities for you so be intentional.

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Watch this to see what other UM students have to say about Immersions.

See Below For A Taste Of The Companies Students Have Visited On An Immersion!

Immersions began in 2008 as an opportunity for students to get a first-hand experience in their field of interest. 

Beginning primarily in southeast Michigan and Chicago, students were able to explore their interests and experience a "day in the life" of an employee in order to take steps in clarifying their career goals.

Immersions have now spread from the Ann Arbor/Detroit to cities on both U.S. coasts and the program is continuing to expand. In 2013, Immersions were hosted in New York City and Los Angeles and many more places are being considered as the program expands. 

See below for all the companies students' have visited since 2008! 

Previous Immersions



2013 - 2014






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