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Herman Family Internship Initiative


With generous support from the Herman Family, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies runs an 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; Michigan Fertility Alliance; 



  • 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.
  • Former recipients of the Herman Scholarship can apply a second year for funding but it must not be consecutive with their previous funding year. (For example, if a student has received funding for an internship of Summer 2022, they can reapply for funding for Summer 2024)


  • 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 15th 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.

2021 Recipients

Andrew Otchere

 National Black Theater in Harlem, NY

Andrew preserved original files and documents from the inception of the National Black Theater in Harlem, NY. As an emerging Black artist, performer,  and activist himself, he found connections between creative work and advocacy for equity and justice. To Andrew, it was especially meaningful to work, create, and socialize in a space centered around Blackness. The connections that he made and the work that he accomplished “left him inspired to create a project of [his] own that [he] wrote and will be directing this semester on campus,”

Jessica Y. Wang

Cia Sab in LaCrosse, WI

Jessica Y. Wang interned for Cia Sab’s Anti-Hmoog Violence Research Project. Cia Sab’s mission is to create a thriving and welcoming Hmong community that is also well equipped to survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Through the project Jessica experienced an inclusive and dedicated work environment that allowed her to feel like her work was directly relevant to the immediate community but also provided positive impacts far beyond. As a result of her successes and accomplishments, she has been given the opportunity to continue her work through the year and see the project through its completion. 

Hannah Chau

Cia Sab in Dearborn, MI

Hannah worked to research and tag articles that detailed potential hate-crimes against Hmoog populations in California, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. As a Chinese citizen, Hannah was grateful for the opportunity to learn about a culture with which she was unfamiliar and gain a more nuanced understanding of the current status of public safety and health concerns for Asian-American populations. She hopes to put her more nuanced, critical lens to work as she continues her studies.

Mackenzie Durrell

Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities in Dearborn, MI

LAHC an athletic club turned one-stop-shop for community services, addresses the growing needs of the largest concentrated population of Arab Americans in the United States. Through social media, reserach, workshop participation, and other projects, Mackenzie was able to witness community health intervention, first-hand. She was especially excited to be involved in the early stages of a public health focused research project. When asked, Mackenzie said, “The experience I gained was exactly what I hope to be doing in my future career, and I believe it will open doors for me in future employment and education.”

Miriam Lupovitch

Birth Detroit in Detroit, MI

Birth Detroit aims to open the first free-standing birth center in the city, "their work informed by the black-led midwifery model of care.” Miriam spent half of her thirty-hour work week in the development side of the organization and the other half on the research side. She analyzed “the status of birth center licensing and reimbursement across the 50 states...This information will be used to form the foundation of a policy proposal for birth center licensing in Michigan.” The internship allowed her to discover a passion for grant writing and expand her network of folks involved in birth justice. 

Sophia Fortunato

SafeHouse in Detroit, MI

The center provides “safety, support, advocacy and resources for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and their children.” Sophia served as a volunteer on the response team, working as part of both dispatch and outreach. Dispatchers communicate with law and health officials as well as placing follow up calls with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. If it is warranted, an outreach member will meet with the survivors in person to offer support and resources. Sophia feels fortunate to have served as a support member in her community through this experience as “One of the main tenets of the Women’s and Gender Studies philosophy is that theory necessarily must be applied in practice to facilitate real life solutions to the issues and questions that we study in the academy.” She is excited to take what she has learned about survivorship and intersectionality back to her work with SAPAC this semester.

Lara Zammitt

Lunar Doula Collective in Ann Arbor, MI

Lunar Doula Collective provides volunteer doula support to people experiencing miscarriage, stillbirth, and abortion. Lara completed research as well as working on organizational outreach and advocacy. Most of her time was spent on the development of a community needs assessment for the organization which entailed identifying stakeholders, writing part of the organization’s research paper, and editing survey questions. She also helped write petitions and did some social media outreach.  Lara values the research skills and experience she was able to gain through this experience and hopes to continue to complete research throughout the rest of her academic career.