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Ford students are required to complete an internship in the field of public service during their time at Albion College. Many students choose internships in area of politics, but many other types of public service internships are available and have been completed by our students. Some Ford students create their own internships (with the permission of the Ford director) in an area that is of special interest to them. Below is a list of recent internships completed by Ford students.


  • Office of Senator Carl Levin, Washington, D.C.
  • Office of Congressman David Camp, Washington D.C.
  • Office of State Representative, Harold Haugh, Lansing, Michigan
  • Michigan Republican Party, Lansing, Michigan
  • Michigan Department of Education, Superintendent's Office, Lansing, Michigan
  • Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC, MP, London, England
  • Kings College, London, England
  • Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Office of the Public Defender, Montgomery County, Washington D.C.
  • KempKlein Law Firm, Troy, Michigan
  • AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois


  • Office of Senator Carl Levin, Washington, D.C.
  • US Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, Washington D.C.
  • Eugemot Orphanage, Ghana
  • Albion Healthcare Coalition, Albion, Michigan
  • Albion Downtown Development Authority, Albion, Michigan

FALL 2008

  • Office of Senator Carl Levin, Washington, D.C.
  • Sutter's Mill Fundraising and Strategy, Washington, D.C.
  • Secours Populaire, Paris France


  • District Office of Senator Norm Coleman, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • District Office of Congressman Dale Kildee, Flint, Michigan
  • National Rural Health Association, Government Affairs Office, Washington, D.C.
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Washington, D.C.
  • Washington Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C.
  • British Telecom Legal Counsel Office - Washington, D.C.
  • House of Councilors, Democratic Party of Japan, Tokyo, Japan
  • Obama for President Campaign, Detroit, Michigan


  • Office of Senator Carl Levin, Washington, D.C.
  • Office of State Senator, Mike Bishop, Lansing, Michigan
  • European Union Parliament, Office of Peter Skinner, Brussels, Belgium
  • Political Journalist, Gallery Watch, Washington, D.C.

FALL 2007

  • Office of Congresswoman Candice Miller, Washington, D.C.
  • Office of Senator Carl Levin, Washington, D.C.
  • Office of Senator Chuck Shumer, Washington, D.C.
  • European Union Parliament, Office of Ryszard Czarnecki, Brussels, Belgium
  • European Union Parliament, Office of Elizabeth Lynne, Brussels Belgium
  • European Union Parliament, Office of Dagmar Roth-Behrendt, Brussels, Belgium
  • Islington Labour Group, Party Staffer, London, England
  • The Police Foundation, Communications Division, Washington, D.C.
  • Political Journalism, Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture, Chicago, Illinois
  • Public Affairs Intern, Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture, Chicago, Illinois
  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, England
  • Overseas Development Institute, London, England
  • Waterwise, London, England
  • Hughman's Law Firm, PLC, London, England
  • Michigan Farm Bureau, Lansing, Michigan
  • Ed Kettle for City Commissioner, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Cook County Public Defender's Office, Chicago, Illinois
  • Political Campaign Investigation Initiative, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Albion Downtown Development Authority, Albion, Michigan


  • Office of Congressman David Camp, Washington D.C.
  • District Office of Congressman Tim Walberg, Jackson, Michigan
  • U. S. Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Washington D.C.
  • Office of Congressman Dave Hilldenbrand, Lansing, Michigan
  • Office of Congressman DudleySpade, Lansing, Michigan
  • Office of State Senator Mike Bishop, Lansing, Michigan
  • British Parliament, Office of Jo Swinton, London, England
  • Traverse Legal, PLC., London, England
  • Press Office of Mayor Richard Daly, Chicago, Illinois
  • Secrest Wardle, Counselors at Law, Farmington Hills, Michigan
  • Rehman Robson Group, Governmental Audit,
  • Saginaw County Mental Health Authority, Saginaw, Michigan
  • Dept. of Justice: Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency, Washington, D.C.
  • Kellogg Industries, Department of Government Affairs, Battle Creek and Washington D.C.
  • Cass Corridor Social Services, Detroit, Michigan


The Ford Institute requires attendance at a minimum of two lectures plus one required convocation each semester. In addition to Ford sponsored and co-sponsored events, there is a wide variety of speakers across campus that are designated as Ford-approved to meet this requirement. Students have a range of opportunities to learn about new topics and to also hear from experts within their scope of interest.

Below are examples of recent Ford-sponsored lectures:

Life in International Service

March 5, 2015

Christin Spoolstra, '11, Deputy Director, Caring for Cambodia

Lobbyists: Who Are They and What Do They Really Do?

February 17, 2015

George Franklin, President, Franklin Public Affairs LLC, author of Raisin Bran and Other Cereal Wars: 30 Years of Lobbying for the Most Famous Tiger in the World

Portraying the Holocaust through Art,

Surviving in the Russian Partisans

February 4, 2015

Miriam Brysk, Holocaust Survivor, Artist, Author

From Albion to America: Community, Civil Rights, Civil Wrongs, and the DREAM

January 27, 2015

Ruth Holland Scott, '56, City of Albion Native, Teacher, Activist, Author, Politician

Partisanship in Washington: Is It Worse Than Ever Before?

October 29, 2014

Bill Sweeney, '98, Chief of Staff, Senator Debbie Stabenow

The Arab Spring: Climate Change in Foreign Policy and Development

September 25, 2014

Lexine Hansen, '97, Senior Policy Advisor, US Agency for International Development (USAID)

Albion Tomorrow: The Liberal Arts College as Partner in Community Revitalization

September 11, 2014

  • John Austin, President, Michigan State Board of Education
  • Richard Longworth, Senior Fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • Jocelyn Sargent, Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Peggy Sindt, ’73, President, Albion Economic Development Corporation
  • Byron White, Vice President for University Engagement, Cleveland State University

Watch the discussion

A Life in the Michigan Legislature

April 30, 2014

Randy Richardville, '81, Michigan State Senate Majority Leader

Breaking the Glass Beaker: Promoting Gender Equality in STEM

April 17, 2014

Catherine Fontana, '08, Editor and Manager, Edelman BioScience Communications

The Dream: The Journey So Far and the Challenge Ahead

January 30, 2014

Julian Bond, Renowned Civil Rights Leader, Former Chairman of NAACP

As Detroit Goes, So Goes Michigan: Economic Development and Recovery

November 17, 2013

Maureen Krauss, ’84, Vice President of Economic Development, Detroit Regional Chamber

An Insider’s View to Strategic Policy in Michigan’s Executive Administration

September 26, 2013

Sara Wycoff, ’08, Strategic Adviser, Office of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

The American Presidency: Before Jerry and Betty – And After

August 29, 2013

Susan Ford Bales, daughter of former Albion trustee and former U.S. President, Gerald R. Ford

Community Service

Ford students are required to complete the equivalent of at least ten community service hours per each semester in the institute. The purpose of this requirement is to provide students with opportunities to better understand – and contribute substantially to – the organizations with which they serve. We encourage each of our students to choose a small number of community organizations with which to serve, allowing time for in-depth experience and involvement in efforts around an organization's mission. Organizations with which we have a formal affiliation agreement provide students with training to better understand the organization's mission, history, needs, and target populations.

At the end of each semester, students are expected to submit a community service log in person or online, complete with thoughtful reflections about their experiences.


Tracks are one way Ford students can grow within a specific interest area. No additional for-credit course work is required.

Ford staff members consult students within each track and jointly decide on speakers, short courses, field trips, panel presentations and other means of expanding students’ skills in the chosen track. Through affiliations with outside businesses, organizations and institutions, students are placed in internships and volunteerships that provide hands-on knowledge.

Current tracks available to Ford students:

  • Campaigns and Elections
  • Foreign Policy and Human Rights
  • Non-Profits and Foundations
  • Pre-Law
  • Science and Health Care
  • State and Local Government
  • Urban Revitalization

Do you have an idea for a track? Please let us know!

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