The University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) Internship Grants are designed to support Master students, regardless of citizenship, who are enrolled in a degree program and wish to participate in internships or conduct practical-based research abroad. Previous award amounts have ranged from $500 to $3,000 and were awarded based on expenses indicated and in many instances, to complement other sources of funding.
Eligibility Criteria: Current Master of Science Students and Master of Health Informatics are eligible to apply, regardless of citizenship. Applicants must be currently enrolled and in good academic standing. Students graduating before the start of the internship are not eligible. Eligible internships must be at least four weeks in length, constitute at least 60 hours of commitment (exclusive of language training), and meet all requirements of the University Travel Policy.
Funding is available for students to participate in internships abroad. Internships can be with private companies, government agencies, international organizations or non-governmental organizations. The School of Information Career Development Office can assist applicants in obtaining internships, but students should not expect to be placed into internships. Internships may be paid or unpaid, but students with paid internships must include their salary amounts in their budgets, and are eligible only for partial funding.
Students who have research-oriented interests can also propose a research project to complement their internship. Students who submit a viable research proposal are eligible for an additional $500 of funding to support research initiatives.
Deadline: The application deadline is 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. The application form is attached.
Application Submission: Submit your application to 3360NQ or email it to kkowatch [at] umich [dot] edu as a single PDF. Reference letters may be submitted separately by the reference.
Reporting Requirements: Grantees receiving PEP credit will be required to complete all PEP internship activities. Grantees who are not receiving PEP credit will be required to complete an internship portfolio and complete the internship survey. Recipients will also be asked to write a brief report outlining the experience within one month of their return to the United States for the Career Development Blog, and participate in a presentation or panel on international internships. Grantees are also encouraged to write an article or submit photographs (or both) to be considered for publication in UMSI materials.
Students will be required to attend a pre-departure orientation, register their travel with the University of Michigan Travel Registry and show proof of purchase of International Travel Insurance through the University.
Review Process: A selection committee comprised of faculty and staff from the School of Information will evaluate the applications on the following criteria: feasibility, relevance to degree program, relevance to career goals, record of academic achievement, and overall quality of the application. The School of Information does not provide feedback to applicants on the quality of their proposals, nor provide applicants with evaluators' comments. Applicants should not assume they will receive an award, and should not purchase airline tickets before the awards are announced if they cannot cover the cost from other sources. Results will be announced by mid-April 2013.