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Herman Family Internship Initiative


With generous support from the Herman Family, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is pleased to announce a new undergraduate student internship program. The Herman Family Internship Initiative provides financial support for students who hold summer internships focusing on Gender and Health or Social Class and Inequality Studies. Many worthwhile internships offer limited salary or are unpaid, which restricts students’ ability to accept them. This initiative is designed to provide the support needed to make internships open to students from all backgrounds, without undue hardship.

Student applicants are responsible for finding relevant internships, which can be located anywhere. You may also want to consult resources at: LSA Opportunity Hub, UM Career Center, Safehouse Center of Ann Arbor; Ozone House; Humanity in Action Fellowship in Detroit; Detroit Justice Center; Birth Detroit; Birth Center Equity.



  • Applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduate major or minor degree students in Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

  • Applicants must maintain undergraduate degree-student status at the University of Michigan during the period of the internship. Graduating seniors may not apply for a scholarship to participate in an internship following graduation.

  • Recipients must participate in an eligible internship. The internship must meet the following criteria:

    • Internship must be focused on activities that contribute to the partnering organization’s commitment to addressing gender, racial, and social inequities, wealth and social class disparities, and/or issues of gender and health.

    • Internship must be with a reputable government, for-profit, or nonprofit organization.

    • Both unpaid and paid internships are eligible.

    • The length of the internship must be at least 6 weeks.

    • Students must devote at least 75% of their time (normal work hours) during the internship period to the internship position.

    • Internship may be for academic credit or not for credit.

    • Independent research and volunteer activities are not eligible.

Scholarship Award

Scholarship Award

  • Scholarship may only be used to cover expenses associated with the internship, such as airfare, housing, commuting, and food.  The award may not exceed the actual expensses associated with the internship..
  • Recipients will be selected by committee on the basis of proposal merit.
  • International students may be subject to income tax withholding on the scholarship amount. Please consult the International Center if you have any questions.

  • Recipients may be asked to give presentations about their internship experience.

Application Materials

Application Materials

Please submit the following items to the online application link below. 

  • Application form: Complete the online application form.

  • Statement of Purpose (500 to 1,000 words): Please write a concise and coherent essay of no more than 1,000 words which address the following questions: 

    • Why do you want to participate in the proposed internship?

    • How will this experience contribute toward your overall academic and career goals?

    • How will the proposed internship address Gender and Health or Social Class and Inequality Studies? 

  • Budget: Please create a budget listing your financial needs and other potential sources of income. Here is a sample budget.

  • Résumé: Please provide a current résumé. If you are not sure how to put a résumé together, please consult the UM Career Center for assistance.

  • Names of Two Recommenders: Please ask two people who know you well and can speak to your academic interests and abilities. They will be sent a brief survey to comment on your strengths and abilities. (They will not be asked to complete a recommendation letter.)

  • Current UM Official Transcript: Please check the appropriate box on the Application Form to grant permission to the review committee to access your academic record on Wolverine Access.

  • Internship Information: Letter of Acceptance for the internship (if available), or proof of application submission (such as confirmation of application receipt).



  • April 4 for internships taking place during the spring-summer term (May 1 to August 31) of the same year.

  • Late applications will not be accepted.

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Awards will be announced in late April.