Backpacking With a Purpose: 2018 Applications Now Open!

Operation Groundswell is a non-profit organization that runs volunteering programs abroad. They examine various social justice issues while working in solidarity with local activists, non-profit organizations, and communities. They are looking for globally conscious and socially active students who want to spend their summer exploring some of the most complex and beautiful countries in the world!

If you’re into cultural exchange, meaningful community service, and off-the-beaten path adventure, apply by November 22nd!

Programs are filling up quickly so apply as soon as possible.

Check out where we go:

Programs of various themes are currently open in the following countries:

Bolivia – Environmental Justice
Thailand – Alternative Tourism, Environmental Conservation, or Food Justice
India – Alternative Education or Gender & Religion
Guatemala – Human Rights, Food Justice, or Fair Trade
Cambodia – Environmental Justice or Alternative Education
Peru – Human Rights, Environmental Justice, or Alternative Tourism
Ecuador – Food Justice
Bangladesh – Fair Trade

Can’t travel in the summer? Join alternative breaks in the winter and spring!


Consumers Financial Protection Bureau Director’s Financial Analyst Fellowships

Consumers Financial Protection Bureau Director’s Financial Analyst Fellowships
Join U-M Alum and Current CFPB Fellow, Dominic Russel
Tuesday, October 3rd 6-7pm
LSA Honors Program (1330 Mason Hall)

This unique, two-year rotational fellowship sits at the intersection of the federal government and the financial services industry. Director’s Financial Analysts are given the opportunity to hone analytical and problem solving skills while helping to make markets for consumer financial products work for Americans. Members of the Director’s Financial Analyst Program will experience diverse roles, responsibilities, and areas of expertise. As a result, in a short period of time, analysts will play an integral role in everything the CFPB does, from rigorous data-driven policy creation and market monitoring to on-site supervision of market participants.

All analysts will complete developmental rotations in offices throughout the CFPB. These rotations are designed to provide exposure to the analysis, strategy, research, education, policy development, supervision, enforcement, and rulemaking activities throughout the Bureau.

We are recruiting for positions that begin after the 2017-2018 academic year.

Previous Director’s Financial Analysts have used the program as a springboard to further their careers. Some graduates of the program have moved on to:

  • Grad school (e.g. Yale, MIT, Columbia, Harvard)
  • Private industry (e.g. Amazon, Uber, Wells Fargo)
  • Public sector (e.g. Department of the Treasury, NY Fed, local government)

CFPB will be on campus for the career fair on October 4th and are also hosting an information session with the Honors College in the evening of October 3rd, and you can email for more information.

Law School Events

Behind the Law Admissions Curtain:  What Happens After You Hit Submit
Thursday, September 28, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM, Anderson Room, Michigan Union.
Find out how an Admissions Committee considers your law school application – whether it’s at your stretch or safety school. Come hear from Admission Representatives from Boston College Law School; University of Richmond School of Law and Widener University Commonwealth Law School.

UM Law Day, Friday, September 29,  10:00 AM -1:00 PM, second floor Michigan Union.
Meet with representatives from 110+ law schools. Students at all levels are encouraged to attend.  Sponsored by the UM University Career Center.

Semester In Development – Study, Intern, Travel

Participate in the Semester in Development and gain career-relevant experience, travel abroad, and experience living in a developing country without delaying your graduation. Over the course of 12 weeks, program participants will explore a wide variety of global and local issues, while interning with changemakers in Uganda, Fiji or Ecuador. Learn more…

Apply Now!

Earn transferable university credits, while learning from engaging, local professors.
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Gain meaningful career-relevant, real-world experience, working with a local organization. 
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Use your weekends to go exploring; from going on safari to rafting down a river.
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Got Questions? Need more information?
Wednesday, September 20th
5:00pm PST / 8:00pm EST
Click Here To Register

For more information, visit our website or contact Jared Lim at

Capital Semester in Washington, DC – Oct. 5 Early Deadline

EARLY DEADLINE: October 5, 2017
FINAL DEADLINE: November 10, 2017

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, Capital Semester combines substantive internships, 12 academic credits, career development activities, site briefings and lectures led by foreign and domestic policy experts.

This comprehensive program includes internship placements in the fields of international affairs and public policy, courses for academic credit through George Mason University,and furnished housing the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

• Atlas Economic Research Foundation
• Capitol Hill and Congressional Offices
• Center for European Policy Analysis
• Center for Strategic and International Studies
• Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute
• Council on Hemispheric Affairs
• Foreign Embassies
• Federal Aviation Association
• Peace Corps
• Student Conservation Association
• U.S. Department of the Treasury
• Women in Government
• World Vision


Internships – Competitive placements with international affairs organizations, government agencies, congressional offices, policy groups and non-governmental organizations
Housing – Roommate matching and furnished Capitol Hill apartments in the heart of D.C.
Classes – Full-time course load with credit provided through George Mason University including courses on international economic policy and constitutional interpretation
Guest Lectures – With Washington’s top foreign policy and economics experts
Exclusive Briefings – At the World Bank, State Department, U.S. Capitol and Federal Reserve
Leadership & Professional Development – Leadership, mentoring and career building activities
Networking – Interaction with seasoned professionals and student leaders from around the world
Scholarships – Generous scholarships are awarded based on merit and financial need and over 75% of students receive scholarship funding

Check out this blog entry to read the profiles of three 2016 alumni who leveraged their experience with the DCinternships semester program into full-time jobs in Washington.

“I couldn’t have gotten my current job without my TFAS internship. The Fund for American Studies gave me the opportunity to gain valuable internship experience on the Hill, working on a number of hot-topic policy issues that helped elevate my job prospects in D.C.”

Marisa DiGiuseppe, University of Miami
Capital Semester – Class of Fall 2016
Former Intern, Office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Visit to read more testimonials from past program participants.

Students are encouraged to apply by the early deadline of October 5, 2017 to receive priority admissions and scholarship consideration, as well as a 5% discount on their tuition balance. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of November 10, 2017.

Please visit for more information and to begin an online application. Scholarship funding is awarded based on need and merit. Questions may be directed to Mary Stankus, Recruitment and Admissions Director at 202-986-0384 or

Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP) Now Accepting Applications for Student Passport Trainees

The U.S. Department of State Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP) is accepting applications.

Visit USAJOBS to start the online application process and view the following vacancy announcement numbers.

Please note the cutoff point for these positions: These vacancy announcements will be open from September 11 to September 15, 2017 or when the application cutoff limit has been reached for each position. Each vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions is met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages. Veterans’ preference regulations apply.

Vacancy USAJOBS Links Location Cutoff
(Student Trainee)
Los Angeles, CA 75
(Student Trainee)
San Diego, CA 75
(Student Trainee)
San Francisco, CA 75

Student Trainees work closely with the U.S. diplomats and Civil Service professionals who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives. To witness and participate in U.S. foreign policy formulation and implementation, consider a Pathways internship with the U.S. Department of State.

The Internship Experience Program (IEP) allows for non-temporary appointments that are expected to last the length of the academic program for which the intern is enrolled. IEP participants, while in the program, are eligible for noncompetitive promotions. This program allows for noncompetitive conversion into the competitive service following successful completion of all program requirements. Conversion to the competitive service is not guaranteed.

U.S. citizenship is required for all positions. If you have any questions or would like to search for topics of interest, please contact or visit the forums or FAQs at