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 an area of politics, but numerous other types of public service internships are available and have been completed by our students. Some Ford students work with the Director of the Institute to create their own internships in an area that is of special interest to them.
Internship credit may be obtained one of two ways:
A full-time internship for at least one unit of academic credit in an area of public policy and public service, typically completed in the junior year or over the summer break. It can be done locally while taking a full load of courses at Albion, or a student may concentrate only on the internship either locally or off campus.
There are many work/study programs that help arrange an internship in the field of public policy and public service for one to two units of academic credit in conjunction with two to three units of academic course work that are transferable to Albion College. Programs such as the Washington Center, Washington Semester, Chicago Center of Urban Studies, Philadelphia Center, and through Boston University; programs abroad in London, Germany, France, Spain, Australia and other countries are available to our students.
The Ford Institute gives you the opportunity to take your liberal arts education and focus it in the areas of leadership, policy, and service. You will spend time learning, socializing, and experiencing our world with other students who value the role they can play in making society a better place to live. The Ford Institute staff works to open doors that will lead you to success in your future through career advising, connecting you with alumni mentors, helping you enter a meaningful internship, and providing a place for all of this to happen. Are you ready to take on the challenge?
Road to Success
Think you might want to work for the State Department? Go to law school? What about educating rural communities in Africa about HIV/AIDS prevention? Former Ford Institutes do all of these things and more. Through their liberal arts education and experience in the Ford Institute, our alums have gone on to accomplish some great things.
Where they work:
Here is a short list of some of the places Ford Alums putting their education to work every day.
- U.S. Department of State
- U.S. Attorney's Office
- U.S. Peace Corps
- Penn State University
- Eli Lilly and Company
- The Bronx Charter School for Children
- more »
Charles Green '10 spent the spring semester of 2009 in London taking classes through Boston University
. This international exposure provided Charles with the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Europe while learning about cultures other than his own.
Christina Borrelli ‘07 spent the fall semester of 2005 serving an internship in German Parliament while taking classes through the international EPA (Educational Programmes Abroad) program.
During the annual Ford Senior Trip to Washington D.C. in 2008, the students had an opportunity to sit down with then Vice President Dick Cheney for over 45 minutes discussing current issues and the student’s career aspirations.
One of our more animated alums, Gerry Martini ’07, spent a semester abroad with Boston University’s London Internship Program
. Gerry worked with Health Unlimited coordinating health care services in underserved areas of Third World Nations.
Clark Hoffman '08, served an internship in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C.
No matter what your educational goals or personal ideology may be, you’ll find there is plenty to do in the Ford Institute.
Most important, you'll be part of a group of students who have similar interests—leadership, getting involved and making a difference in our world. Each semester we offer a number of social events, including dinners, trips, bonfires and informal discussions. You'll have the opportunity to meet with alumni, in which you'll share your experiences of Albion College and learn about their lives after graduation. Not only is it a lot of fun, you'll create a strong network!