1. PSIP Wraps up 50th year

    Mark Rivett posted November 15, 2019

    It has been a fabulous 50th year of our intern program!

    Please check out the news below on ways you can be engaged with PSIP!

    Attend the Welcome Reception

    Attend this annual event held in early June in DC! Welcome the new student intern cohort, meet scholarship recipients, and connect with other U-M alumni and friends.

    Become an Alumni Mentor

    Serve as a summer mentor to PSIP students while they are interning in DC. Share professional advice, offer a tour of your workplace, and share your tips about living in the city over coffee or a meal.

    Email Lynn Halton (lhalton@umich.edu) to be added to the mentor interest list for Summer 2020

    Contribute to the Endowed PSIP Scholarship

    As part of its 50th year celebration, alumni and staff created the PSIP Endowed Scholarship to enable future students a transformative PSIP experience in DC.

    Our new 1st Gen Group offers students who are first-generation college students extra support and resources.

    Donate by contacting Lynn Halton (lhalton@umich.edu) or Kyle Nowels (knowels@umich.edu) or online at www.giving.umich.edu/give/700531

    Serve as a Speaker

    PSIP students love hearing from alumni! Offer to speak on a panel in DC or Ann Arbor (if you are planning a trip back to campus).

    Share Internship Openings

    Inform PSIP staff about summer internship opportunities in your DC offices, so you can showcase the caliber of U-M students to your organization.

    Send to Lynn Halton (lhalton@umich.edu)

    Participate in Informational Interviews

    Sign up for the University Career Alumni Network (UCAN) to share insights about your field, career path, education and advice for new professionals. Students initiate the interaction for a phone or skype call. Time commitment is minimal.

    Go to: http://myumi.ch/qg2oA

    Join us on Social Media

    Link up with PSIP alumni and learn about our students’ achievements at:
    Instagram: @psip_umich
    Facebook: Public Service Intern Program
    Twitter: @psip_umich

    Alumni Spotlight: fill out this form if you are interested in being featured on the PSIP Instagram page.

    Again, we thank you for your support of PSIP and look forward to your continued involvement.
    Go Blue!

    Lynn Halton, PSIP Supervisor

  2. Public Service Internship Mass Meeting

    Mark Rivett posted September 5, 2019

    PSIP Mass Mtgs flyer 2019Hear from Student Coordinators and students who interned this summer in Washington DC. Learn about application process for the largest and oldest DC summer intern program in the country. If you are committed to working in policy, non-profit, public arena, government, media, then PSIP is a way to gain skills and experience while connecting with alumni.


    Monday, September 16, 2019
    6:00 p.m.
    Ford School of Public Policy 1120 Annenberg Auditorium

    Thursday, September 19, 2019
    7:00 p.m.
    Ford School of Public Policy 1120 Annenberg Auditorium

    Application Deadline: Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 11:59p

  3. Did You Know That Two U-M Students Started PSIP?

    Mark Rivett posted June 3, 2019

    Public Service Internship ProgramBetsy Levine Lassar and Mike Posner had the idea for the Washington Internship Program and met with leaders on campus to propose it for students interested in public service internships. They reached out to key people in senior leadership at the University who supported it, including Bill Audiss in Career Planning & Placement, Barbara Newell in the President’s Office, and U-M President Robben Fleming.

    In Fall 1969, the students created a plan and budget to ask for funds of $9,000 to start it. The U-M football team went to the Rose Bowl and the Michigan Daily had an article in January 1970 that the Alumni Association had a $9,000 surplus from their trip to Pasadena. Mike walked over to the Alumni Association, spoke with Director Bob Forman, and walked out with a check for $9,000 to start the Washington Internship Program!

    In his sophomore year, Mike traveled to DC and scouted out internships on the Hill (Phil Hart and Don Riegel), think tanks, NBC, and other employers. Students were very eager to participate and had 18-20 in the first group. Since then, the program changed its name to the Public Service Intern Program and continued to grow, with approximately 3,000 students participating. We have heard that applicants to the University of Michigan are writing their admission essays about PSIP.

    Mike Posner attended the PSIP Homecoming Reception in Fall 2018 and spoke about how proud he is that the intern program has flourished. He said it was the most impactful thing he participated in during his Michigan days and learned a lot from it. Both he and Betsy have had illustrious careers in the public sector and we are very proud of them!

    “It is so heartening to know that the internship program has influenced so many lives.” – Betsy Levine Lassar, Chicago

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