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Applebaum Internship Program

Make a difference in Detroit with the Applebaum Internship Program, which offers hands-on experience, funding, and professional development to students interning in non-profits and arts organizations in the city and the surrounding areas. Internships run for a minimum of 6 weeks between May and August each summer.

Which students are the best fit for the program?

Participants in the Applebaum Internship Program are LSA students interested in doing work with impact. They see the vitality of Detroit and the surrounding area and want to play a part in nurturing it. They bring a wide variety of career interests—in coding, marketing, communications, social media, grant management, community outreach, museum collection management, and other areas. 

Available Positions

Applebaum Internship Program participants are not fetching coffee; they're empowering teenagers by teaching code, they're thinking strategically about how to diversify a volunteer pool, and they're managing a historic museum collection, to name a few projects.

Participating organizations include the Detroit Institute of Arts, Motown Museum, Downtown Boxing Gym, and Detroit Public Theatre, among many others. LSA undergrads can view open positions in the LSA Opportunity Network.

Program Requirements

The Applebaum Program is designed to ensure you’re able to contribute your best work while getting the most out of the experience. Here’s what to expect throughout your summer as an Applebaum Intern:

  • Pre-, midpoint, and post-internship professional development workshops

  • A two-day Applebaum Internship Program Kickoff in Detroit

  • Three speaker presentations in areas such as education, philanthropy, and local government to give you an insider look at important issues facing Detroit.

  • A professional mentoring relationship with an alumnus outside of your internship.

  • A virtual community on YellowDig to post reflections on your experiences and connect with peers.

How to Apply

Applebaum internships are listed on the Opportunity Network. Use the “Position Type” filter and select “Hub Internship Program - Applebaum” to view current listings.

For help using the Network, visit the Student Help page.


Applebaum Internship Program participants are eligible to receive $2,500 to $5,000 each in merit- and need-based funding through the Applebaum Scholarship. To qualify you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident returning as an LSA undergraduate student in the Fall term following the internship. You must complete your internship on-site and maintain at least 25 hours a week for at least 6 weeks, or the full duration of your internship.

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December 9, 2019 | Summer 2020 Applebaum internships start being posted on the Opportunity Network

February 5, 2020 at 11:59 PM | Deadline to apply to internships

March 11, 2020 | Last day for employers to issue offers

March 16, 2020 | Last day for students who receive internship offers to accept

April 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM | Deadline to apply to the Applebaum Scholarship