Apply for 2016 Wallenberg Summer Travel Awards



Applications now open for 2016 Wallenberg Summer Travel Awards

Deadline: February 15, 2016 11:59 PM

For more than seven years, a group of U-M students come back from a summer abroad, transformed.  They travel to the Dominica Republic, Peru, the Philippines, Uganda, Ecuador and elsewhere in the world.  They work to mitigate water pollution, assist grassroot community health organizations, support youth in marginalized populations, develop health care workshops in underserved populations, and other independent projects they design themselves. They are Wallenberg Summer Travel Award recipients. Take a look at the 2015 recipients here.

The Wallenberg Summer Travel Awards allows selected students to take part in a community service project or civic participation anywhere in the world, such as volunteer work with a humanitarian organization such as a school, clinic or aid program, or the exploration of humanitarian issues not well understood in the US.

The program honors the legacy of Raoul Wallenberg, who, as a student at the University of Michigan in the 1930s, traveled across North America to observe and learn from people of all kinds on their own terms. This experience helped him understand the human condition, and shaped his lifelong concern for human dignity and humanitarian values. His heroic efforts during World War II to rescue the surviving Jews of Budapest are an inspiring demonstration of how one individual can make a difference in the world.

Applications for the Wallenberg Summer Travel program are open through February 15, 2016 at 11:59pm.  More information can be found at our website and MCompass.

Ross May Global Initiatives Deadline: Dec 3, 2015

Ross Global Initiatives offers international opportunities, including global courses and global study and intern programs, to U-M undergraduates of all majors.

The application deadline for our 2016 May Global Immersion Courses and Global Study and Intern Programs is approaching quickly – next Thursday, December 3rd.


Apply Now! May Global Immersion Courses in China, Germany/Slovakia, & Rwanda. Get started on your application today! Applications are due December 3rd – APPLY NOW >>

U-M Undergrads of All Majors Can Expand Their International Business Knowledge by Participating in a Ross Global Immersion Course
Expand your perspectives on how business is conducted around the world during company visits, cultural activities, and interactive lectures with business leaders. 2016 May Global Immersion courses are offered in China, Germany/Slovakia, & Rwanda. Explore the links below to learn more about each course and begin your application!

Apply here – Application Deadline: Thursday, December 3

Intellectual Property Law in China
Locations: Shanghai and Hong Kong 
Study the intricacies of intellectual property law in China and how important this issue is as businesses across the globe continue to innovate and evolve. This course involves on-campus course sessions during the winter semester and exploration throughout multiple cities in China, where students will engage in discussions with Chinese leaders, visit multinational companies and government agencies, and participate in cultural activities and regional excursions.

The Corporation in Society
Locations: Kigali, Rwanda
Aimed at framing aspects of the corporation’s role in society, this course provides a truly unique opportunity to explore how business, in close collaboration with government and civil society, has been a force of positive change and contributed to Rwanda’s tremendous and astonishing advances in quality of life and economic growth since the 1994 genocide. Students will visit businesses, government offices, and not-for-profit initiatives, engage with leaders of all types, participate in cultural events, and visit historically significant sites.

The Expansion of Economic Integration in Central and Eastern Europe
Locations: Germany and Slovakia 
Explore multiple cities and develop your knowledge of economic integration across Central and Eastern Europe. Through exciting company visits, cultural activities, and networking events with European students, this course will familiarize you with a variety of European business strategies, differing cultural attitudes and the implications for business, current challenges to European society, and the Euro and its consequence for foreign firms.


  • See the Global Initiatives Website and M-Compass
  • Speak to a Global Education Advisor to learn more about your global experience options. Weekly drop-in advising hours are on Tuesdays, 10am-Noon & Wednesdays, 1-3pm. Global Initiatives is located on the 3rd floor of Wyly Hall.
  • Visit the Global Initiatives Peer Advisors at their table in the Wintergarden (near the main entrance of Ross, next to the granite staircase)
    • Mondays, Noon – 2:30pm
    • Tuesdays, Noon – 2:30pm
    • Wednesdays, 11am – 1:30pm
    • Thursdays, 11am – 1:30pm
    • Fridays, Noon – 2:30pm

Launch of (New!) Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems

Dear UM graduate community,

The UM Sustainable Food Systems Initiative is excited to announce the launch of a new interdisciplinary graduate certificate in sustainable food systems.

More information about the certificate requirements, related coursework, and experiential learning capstone experience can be found here. Please contact Shelie Miller with questions.

International Policy Student Association (IPSA) Event for PICS students!

The International Policy Student Association (IPSA) will be hosting a “speed dating” event on Monday, November 30, from 6-7pm for undergraduate students interested in working abroad, or applying to fellowships in the international policy/business/economics field. There will be free foods as well!

IPSA is bringing in a number of current Ford MPP students who have worked in international development, diplomacy, education, and more. There will be time for undergraduate students to chat with each student about their experiences, as well as exchange contact information if they want to continue their conversation regarding applying to fellowships, resume review, and other existential life questions. This is a great opportunity to get one-on-one exposure with students with fascinating work experience.

Those students who want to attend the event should RSVP using this Google Form:

RSVP form for speed dating (Space is limited, so RSVP soon!)

April Shin


Below are brief bios of some of the MPPs who will be in attendance:

Trevis Harrold: Trevis Harrold graduated from the Eastern Michigan University with degrees in Economics and Political Science and a minor in International Business. He was awarded the Pickering Fellowship where he will continue on with his career as a Foreign Service Officer at the State Department.

Bradley Wintersteen: Brad graduated from Long Island University – Global College with a degree in Global Studies. His studies allowed him to live abroad while studying in India, South Africa, Germany, and the United States. After working for a year, Brad was awarded an AIF William J. Clinton Fellowship and worked for 10 months to develop the community outreach program for an education NGO in Bangalore, India.

Tarlie Townsend: Tarlie is interested in intersections of health, policy, and behavioral science. After earning a B.S. in neuroscience and a B.A. in Germanic Studies at Indiana University (2012), Tarlie began researching risk and uncertainty communication and its effects on decision making—first at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, and then as a Luce Scholar in Vietnam.

Michael Mansala: Born in Manila and raised in Minnesota, Michael Manansala was an Associate at DAI, where he supported the Food & Enterprise Development program in Liberia, USAID’s largest Feed the Future project in Africa. Michael also served as the Alumni Chapter Director for the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program in DC.

Maha Arshad: Maha Arshad graduated from the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi, Pakistan with a Bachelors in Business Administration. She taught in public schools for two years as a Fellow for Teach For Pakistan and later headed a development portfolio for a Countering Violent Extremism program before starting her Masters at Ford school.

Kenny Fennell: Kenny Fennell graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He spent 19 months in Kabul, Afghanistan supporting the USAID Afghanistan Engineering Support Program and, upon returning home, was the Program Lead for the Engineers’ Without Borders Boston Professional Chapter’s Honduras Program.

Meizi Li: Meizi Li is in the Masters of Public Policy program at University of Michigan Ann Arbor. She has spent the last two years abroad in China teaching english to students between the ages of 5 and 14. Meizi is interested in Non-Profit management in foreign countries, especially Asian countries.

Ryan Etzcorm: Ryan Etzcorn is a dual degree student at the Ford School of Public Policy and the Liberthal-Roegel Center for Chinese Studies. Three years of international travel-work as an entertainer alongside domestic education work in public schools pointed him toward a focused interest in the internationalization of education policy.

Global Health Design Initiative Apply Now! Info session – DECEMBER 1st


Interested in addressing real-world global health challenges through design? Want to go abroad this summer? Interested in a clinical immersion experience?

Come learn more at an info session being held December 1st, at 7:00PM in 1180 Duderstadt.

Questions? Contact Maria at

Learn more by visiting MCompass and searching ‘GHDI’

City Internships Spring 2016 Applications Closing Soon!

city internships

City Internships has received a record number of applications to the Global Internship Program from incredibly bright students. As a result, applications for the 2016 spring programs will be closing soon.

Our spring programs are filling quickly and the same is true of our summer programs. I therefore encourage students interested in our summer programs to apply sooner, rather than later. Places on our summer programs are filling quickly and the application process may close earlier than anticipated as a result.
Students can apply via:

Watch the program in action

I’m pleased to present videos of our 2015 summer programs in action across London, Los Angeles and New York:

Industry choices

Placements are available in banking and financial services, art, fashion and design, marketing, advertising and PR, consulting and professional services, entertainment, media and journalism, law and politics and lastly, technology and engineering.

This will be my penultimate communication of 2015. I would like to wish you a very happy holidays and I look forward to working with you in the New Year.

Lewis Talbot
Managing Director, City Internships

A reminder of what we do

City Internships runs immersive career training programs for college students and recent graduates. They’re designed to expand participants’ horizons and get them job-ready. For each program, on top of hard and soft skill building at weekly career seminars, workshops and networking events, participants undertake an internship placement at one of our partner companies. Students and graduates develop real-world skills, build their professional network and fast-track their career.

Your students can apply here:

What’s included?

  • An eight week placement with a leading company
  • Career seminars, skills workshops & networking events
  •  Social events & weekend excursions
  • Local mentorship & 24/7 support
  • Optional accommodation package