The Public Service Intern Program (PSIP) Celebrates its 50th Anniversary!
Alumni Reconnect & Students Learn about Public Service Careers to Celebrate this Milestone!
The University of Michigan celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Public Service Intern Program (PSIP) during the 2018-2019 academic year. The University Career Center, the program’s sponsor, hosted a variety of events where alumni reconnected with one another and engaged with current students who learned 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. Students advocated for the creation of the program and secured funds from the U-M Alumni Association to launch the program with proceeds from the 1969 Rose Bowl Tour. It was initially called the Washington Internship Program and over 3,000 students have participated in this DC summer intern program over 50 years.
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.
Celebrations during the 50th year included program alumni speaking on a Public Service Career Panel in October 2018, a Reunion Reception during Homecoming weekend in October 2018 in Ann Arbor, a Reception on June 13, 2019 in DC, and creation of the PSIP Endowed Scholarship fund.
For additional information or questions, contact PSIP Supervisor Lynn Halton at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 were 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 Celebration
Thursday, June 13, 2019
6:00 – 8:30pm
City View Room, George Washington University campus
Alumni re-connected, current PSIP students received scholarships, and Alumni Mentors met their student mentees
U.S. Representative Ted Deutch (FL) told about his experience in PSIP and meeting Senator Ted Kennedy when he was an intern.
U-M Vice President for Government Relations Cynthia Wilbanks shared her story about arriving in DC for her internship with Congressman Marvin Esch on the day of the Watergate break-in. She has been so supportive of PSIP and shared that her granddaughter is also now an alum of this intern program.
Simone Himbeault Taylor, Senior Associate Vice President for Student Life welcomed attendees and shared stories from alums of the program. Dr. Taylor has been a strong supporter of PSIP for 40 years and we appreciate her dedication and support of our students!
Julia Whang, current Student Coordinator
Kerin McQuaid Borland, Director of the University Career Center & former PSIP Supervisor
Lynn Halton, Past Student Coordinator and current PSIP Supervisor
Brigid Cummings & Julia Whang, current Student Coordinators
PSIP ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP LAUNCHED!
Support future PSIP interns through the new PSIP ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
As part of the 50th celebration, he University Career Center 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 $6,000. Please consider donating to this newly established scholarship to cover the cost of student housing, transportation and living expenses. PSIP is a transformative experience that should be available to any Michigan student, regardless of socioeconomic status. We also launched a 1st Gen Scholarship for first-generation college students who need funding for their DC experience.
If you have any questions about this scholarship fund or giving to PSIP, please contact Kyle Nowels on the Student Life Development team at email@example.com.
You may also consider giving online at: www.giving.umich.edu/give/700531.
DID YOU KNOW THAT 2 STUDENTS FOUNDED PSIP?
U-M students Betsy Levine Lassar and Mike Posner had the idea for the Washington Internship Program and met with leaders on campus in 1969 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 and they were asked to wait. 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 alumni 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