The Public Service Intern Program (PSIP) TURNS 50!
Alums Reconnect on Campus to Celebrate this Milestone!
This year, the University of Michigan is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Public Service Intern Program (PSIP). The University Career Center, the program’s sponsor, will host a variety of events designed to help alumni reconnect with one another and engage with current students interested in learning about career paths and the experiences of former PSIPers.
The Public Service Intern Program (PSIP) began in 1969 and is now the oldest and largest Washington, D.C. intern program in the country. Alumni of the intern program report that it is one of the most meaningful experiences at U-M and transformed their career plans. The impact of PSIP includes alumni working in meaningful career positions, serving as Alumni Mentors to recent interns, and many marriages and friendships that have lasted over the decades.
Alums are celebrating the 50th year by serving on a Public Service Career Panel in October 2018, attending a Reunion Reception during Homecoming weekend in October 2018 in Ann Arbor, attending a Reception June 2019 in DC, or by donating to the new PSIP Endowed Scholarship fund.
For additional information or questions, contact PSIP Supervisor Lynn Halton at email@example.com
FALL 2018 CELEBRATION EVENTS IN ANN ARBOR:
Where Are They Now? Career Panel
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018
Student Activities Building (SAB) - Maize & Blue Auditorium
We are delighted to welcome back to campus:
Eric Cholack - PSIP '86
Judge, Wayne County Circuit Court
Internship: Congressman John Dingell
Natasha Dabrowski – PSIP '14
Communications Director, US House of Representatives
Internship: Checkmate Solutions political campaign consulting firm
Aref Dajani – PSIP '84
Statistician, US Census Bureau
Internship: Organization of American States
Tammy Jacobs Taylor – PSIP '84
Former Director, ProBono Institute
Internship: American Bar Association
Alumni/Student Reunion Reception (U-M Homecoming Weekend)
Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 6-8pm
Student Activities Building (SAB) - 1st Floor
The University welcomes you back to campus to connect with fellow PSIP alumni and current students who have participated in PSIP. Enjoy a walk down Memory Lane with photos from across the decades, hear and share stories from the past, and enjoy appetizers and drinks as part of the celebration.
U-M football game vs. Maryland (Homecoming)
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018
The Big House
Limited tickets available from Athletics - Deadline: August 24, 2018
SUMMER 2019 RECEPTION IN DC
50th PSIP Reception
Thursday, June 13, 2019
6:00 – 8:30pm
City View Room, George Washington University campus
PSIP ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP LAUNCHED!
Support future PSIP interns through the new PSIP ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
The University Career Center has created a new scholarship to fund U-M students' ability to afford interning in DC through PSIP. Currently, our interns report the cost of working in DC for the summer is over $5,500. Please consider donating to this newly established scholarship to cover the cost of student housing, transportation and living expenses. You know personally that PSIP is a transformative experience that should be available to any Michigan student, regardless of socioeconomic status.
If you have any questions about this scholarship fund or giving to PSIP, please contact Kyle Nowels on the Student Life Development team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also consider giving online at: www.giving.umich.edu/give/700531.
DID YOU KNOW THAT 2 STUDENTS FOUNDED PSIP?
Betsy Levine Lassar and Mike Posner had the idea for the Washington Internship Program and met with leaders on campus to propose it for students interested in public service internships. They reached out to key people in senior leadership at the University who supported it, including Bill Audiss in Career Planning & Placement, Barbara Newell in the President’s Office, and U-M President Robben Fleming.
In Fall 1969, the students created a plan and budget to ask for funds of $9,000 to start it. The U-M football team went to the Rose Bowl and the Michigan Daily had an article in January 1970 that the Alumni Association had a $9,000 surplus from their trip to Pasadena. Mike walked over to the Alumni Association, spoke with Director Bob Forman, and walked out with a check for $9,000 to start the Washington Internship Program!
In his sophomore year, Mike traveled to DC and scouted out internships on the Hill (Phil Hart and Don Riegel), think tanks, NBC, and other employers. Students were very eager to participate and had 18-20 in the first group. Since then, the program changed its name to the Public Service Intern Program and continued to grow, with approximately 3,000 students participating. We have heard that applicants to the University of Michigan are writing their admission essays about PSIP.
Mike Posner attended the PSIP Homecoming Reception in Fall 2018 and spoke about how proud he is that the intern program has flourished. He said it was the most impactful thing he participated in during his Michigan days and learned a lot from it. Both he and Betsy have had illustrious careers in the public sector and we are very proud of them! “It is so heartening to know that the internship program has influenced so many lives.” Betsy Levine Lassar, Chicago