An intern from 2009 reveals his reasons for applying to D-SIP:
Looking at the website over winter break in 2008, I thought to myself, what experience could take my college career to the next level. I had several internships in the years before at corporations and private businesses, but I recently changed my major and wanted to try something different. Little did I know that the Development Summer Internship Program was not only different, but a life changing experience. Just as I had changed my major, I didn’t know what I wanted, other than something to challenge myself. D-SIP proved to be demanding and resourceful. Between the networking, friendships, knowledge and experiences, I would have to say I made the right choice in applying.
I was always active in college and I think that is one reason why I heard about D-SIP. One of the principles of philanthropy is committing to a purpose for the greater good of society with your time, talent, or treasure. At UM-Dearborn’s campus, I was involved with several organizations like Student Government, Amnesty International and United Way’s Alternative Spring Break. It was experiences like these that created an affinity for me towards philanthropy and development in general. I’m sure many of you have been involved in multiple organizations as well, and have great experiences to share.
You not only learn about philanthropy in higher education, but you experience working in one of the many departments within the University of Michigan Office of University Development, one of the best in the nation! The University is truly one of the Leaders and Best. That being said, D-SIP itself is an award winning program which other universities have modeled programs after. If you’re unsure of what you want to do this upcoming summer, and want to give something new a try, I highly recommend applying.
You’ve probably heard about the trip up north to Petoskey and the great class that comes along with the internship from previous participants, but there is nothing like actually experiencing it. You will walk away with a greater appreciation for the University. And let’s be real, it’s a paid internship with meaningful work, you can’t beat that!
If you feel like you’re a good candidate, take a moment to reflect on your experiences and how they personally will set you apart in the application process. I can highly attest to the fact that it is worth it. If it wasn’t for my D-SIP experience I wouldn’t be working as a development officer today!
Associate Development Officer
Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
UM-Dearborn: Discovery Initiative/Oral History Intern
Class of 2009