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
- Science and Health Care
- State and Local Government
- Urban Revitalization
Do you have an idea for a track? Please let us know!
It’s your chance to go out into the real world and implement what you learned in the classroom.
Each student in the Ford Institute must complete a one-unit internship tailored toward their specific career interests. Placements are secured through our strong alumni network, partnerships with national and international programs, and personal or professional connections.
Internships provide insight into what one’s career might look like. Many of our alumni cite their internship as one of the most memorable and life-changing opportunities during their undergraduate studies. To learn more about past student experiences, check out the sections below and browse the Meet Our Alumni pages.
We look forward to finding an insightful experience for you!
1. Apply to Albion College
Each Institute at Albion has its own application. Please complete the College application first, and then you may submit your Ford Institute application.
2. Apply to the Ford Institute
We accept 60 students into our first year class. For your application to receive equal consideration with those of other candidates and to receive preferential consideration for a Ford Institute scholarship, it must be submitted no later than March 1.
Applications will continue to be accepted after the March 1 date, and qualified students will be granted admission on a space-available basis.
Use the form below to complete the online interview.
3. Schedule an Interview
Please include on your application a WEEK DAY date or two and general time that would be convenient to visit campus for your interview. Telephone interviews are also available. The Ford Institute Coordinator will contact you to schedule your interview, or you may e-mail us at
, or call the Ford office at any time: 517/629-0368.
Notification: You will be notified of our decision by letter following your interview.