The Public Service Intern Program (PSIP) is a program for Michigan students interested in working with Congress members, federal agencies, policy organizations, media firms, think tanks, NGO’s, non-profits, and consulting firms during the summer.
The majority of PSIP members intern in DC ⏤ though there are a few students who take on public service internships in other cities.
For those that do intern in DC over the summer, they'll get a chance to continue working with other PSIP students while also attending networking events with U-M alumni as well as attending briefings/tours at DC organizations.
PSIP students have reported this summer experience as being a transformative part of their Michigan education.
The application process is competitive. In order to apply you must attend one of the two mass meetings.
Mass Meetings will be held at 1120 Ford School on Monday, September 17th, 2018 at 6 p.m. and Thursday, September 20th, 2018 at 7 p.m. (only attend one).
PSIP applications are being accepted from September 17th, 2018 - September 27th, 2018.
To learn more about PSIP visit: https://careercenter.umich.edu/article/public-service-intern-program
If you have questions, email the PSIP student coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to know what recruiters wish you did better? The answer is research their company ⏤ or at least research their industry.
Campus recruiters often tell us that the students they meet here at Michigan are smart and incredible students but that they haven’t done enough research. And that by not doing research they’re making it harder on themselves to stand out.
Part of the reason for this disconnect is because recruiters and students define research differently.
When recruiters mention research they’re referring to learning about things that you’re not going to quickly find with a Google search. In their eyes, if you’re doing a Google search and reading their website then that’s really just the tip of the iceberg (i.e., that’s like the bare minimum you should be doing).
So what should you be doing? You should be talking to someone who works at the company or who works in the industry. That way you can confirm and rule out some of the things that you think happen at the company or in the industry.
- Learn about what challenges the company faces or what goals they’re trying to accomplish
- Find out about the individual challenges people face in their role/department
- See what led them to choosing that organization as a place work at
- Ask someone working there what they did to get hired there
Take a moment and ask yourself whether a student who knows the information above would standout more than a student who has no idea about what it’s like to work there, what type of challenges people face, what the company culture is like, who the company considers as its competitors (and why), etc.
So what do you do if you don’t know anyone at the company you're interested in or anyone who works in the industry?
Not knowing anyone can be a barrier. But luckily it's often a mental barrier because for you and other Michigan students there are a lot of people who want to speak with you and who are making themselves available to share this information with you.
- Immersions are FREE field trips that happen over Fall Break, Spring Break, and summer. They also happen on various Fridays throughout the Fall and Winter semesters. Go with a group of Michigan students and meet people who work at a company. Spend a day with Michigan alumni and other professionals. Hangout and chat with interns, recent grads, executives, and the awesome talent managers responsible for hiring decisions. See if that's somewhere you'd feel comfortable at. Learn how people got hired there and what you could do to improve your odds of getting hired there too. Try out some of the work that they do. Make a contact for whenever you have future questions.
- UCAN is a FREE social network that you can use to reach out to Michigan alumni who have volunteered to speak with you. There’s even a built in prompt that guides you through what to say when reaching out. It basically prevents you from sending an inappropriate request to connect. LinkedIn is a great resource too but not everyone on LinkedIn is there to speak with you. On UCAN, everyone is there to speak with you. Chatting with an alum becomes something you can do from the comfort of your own couch :-)
The bottom line is that knowing helpful information that others don't know ⏤ and then incorporating that info into your application, interactions, and interviews ⏤ is what will help you set yourself apart and make your conversations go more smoothly with recruiters.
Events This Week
- Sept 17th: Work on creating or improving your resume during Resume Lab (11AM)
- Sept 17th: Sophomores & Juniors, meet Bank of America reps to learn about their 2019 Advisor Development Summer Analyst Program (3PM)
- Sept 17th: Learn about the MMI interview format if you're thinking about applying to medical, dental, pharmacy, or veterinary school (4PM)
- Sept 17th: Network with Bank of America business reps while learning about internships in their Global Risk & Quantitative Analytics programs (5:30PM)
- Sept 17th: Learn about what it’s like to work as a consultant at PwC at their presentation on-campus (5:45PM)
- Sept 17th: Learn more about the cloud-managed IT industry during the Meraki Engineering Q+A session co-hosted by SWE and TBP (6PM)
- Sept 17th: First-year students, learn what employers look for in interns and what you need to do to get an internship (6PM)
- Sept 17th: Hear from Goldman Sachs during the Tech Talk being put on by Theta Tau (6:30PM) **must register at My GS Events online beforehand**
- Sept 18th: Meet Audit, Tax, and Advisory professionals from Deloitte during their on-campus networking event (10AM)
- Sept 18th: Drop in during Internship Lab to get help with searching for and applying to internships (3PM)
- Sept 18th: Transfer students, learn how to highlight the skills you bring and how to talk to employers in order to secure an internship/job (4PM)
- Sept 18th: Learn about working in real estate from Cushman & Wakefield along w/ their 12-month rotational & development program (5PM)
- Sept 18th: Learn about Proctor & Gamble internship/jobs in Info Technology and Supply Network Operations at their info session (5:30PM)
- Sept 18th: Juniors, meet with reps from L’Oreal to learn about Consumer Product Goods industry as well as their summer internship programs (6PM)
- Sept 18th: Hear from professionals & alumni who work at Capital One to learn what it’s like to work in a Product Management and Analytics role (6PM)
- Sept 18th: Students who identify as having a disability, meet with Procter & Gamble employees to learn about their internship/job opportunities as well as what it’s like to work in a company consistently ranked as a top company for people with disabilitiesn (6PM)
- Sept 18th: Meet w/ associates from the Willis Towers Watson group to see what it’s like to work in the retirement & investment consulting industry (6PM)
- Sept 18th: Seniors, meet with Google reps and learn about non-technical opportunities in business (7:30PM)
- Sept 19th: Meet with folks from Hulu to learn about their summer internship opportunities (and their lifestyle/culture) (9AM)
- Sept 19th: Drop in during a Job Search Lab to get help with searching for and applying to entry level / recent-graduate positions (2PM)
- Sept 19th: Work on creating or improving your resume during Resume Lab (5:15PM)
- Sept 19th: Find out what you should know before joining a consulting company at a presentation by Roland Berger (6PM)
- Sept 20th: Learn about what it’s like to be a designer, developer, or data scientist at Deloitte’s Insight Studio during their coffee chats (11AM)
- Sept 20th: Work on creating or improving your resume during Resume Lab (5PM)
- Sept 20th: Drop in during Internship Lab to get help with searching for and applying to internships (5PM)
- Sept 20th: Meet folks from Optimity Advisors to find out what it’s like to work in NYC for a global management consulting firm (6PM)
- Sept 20th: Meet recruiters & reps from RBC Capital Markets’ to learn about their business and summer opportunities in Global Investment Banking and Global Markets (6PM)
- Sept 21st: Hear from producer Jeffrey Seller during a special Q&A presented by the Dept of Musical Theatre and the Dept of Theatre & Drama (12:30PM)
- Sept 21st: Attend a coffee chat to learn about what it’s like to work at Natixis, an international banking firm, as a team member of their summer program (1PM)
- Sept 21st: Stop by and learn about full-time opportunities at PwC’s Mainland China and Hong Kong locations (2:30PM)
- Sept 21st: Attend Deutsche Bank’s Tailgate to learn more about financial services roles (5PM)
- Sept 21st: Learn about how engineers fit in at Deloitte and what Deloitte’s analyst roles look like in their Stratetgy & Operations Consulting and Technology Consulting service areas (5:30PM)
To see other events related to internships, jobs, and general career exploration, please visit our Upcoming Events page. All of the upcoming events are also listed in Handshake as well as on the Happening @ Michigan events calendar.