Where citizens of the world become global leaders.
You're smart, curious, and determined to make a difference. And this is where your life of public service begins.
The Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, created by President Ford at Albion College in 1977, empowers you to make a big impact. Our internships place you in all levels of government, nonprofit organizations, the media, and the legal system—where your network will grow, along with your understanding of global society.
The Ford Institute has more than 140 students from a broad range of majors and minors. Whichever career path you pursue, policy decisions will impact you personally or professionally. Participation in the Institute will prepare you to analyze and interpret the issues more critically so you can take action. When you graduate from Albion and the Ford Institute, you'll be in a unique position to advocate for the greater good.
Interested in researching the common ground between biology and kinesiology? The intersections between physics and psychology? English and music? Well, pick your courses. This major is all yours, and we can help you make it come together. All programs of study.
What you’ll do.
You're the kind of person who knows exactly where you want to go. Or perhaps you're unsure right now. Either way, you know you're following a different path. Like alumni who forged their own paths in arts administration, Latin American studies, political economy, public health, and 20th-century social philosophy. You can choose field research, internships, and study-abroad programs that make your program real. Out-of-classroom experiences.
Where you’ll go.
Where are you headed? Strong faculty mentors guide you through all four years, ensuring that you're ready for what's next—whether you're interested in entering the workforce or want to continue your advanced studies at graduate and professional schools. Career and Internship Center.
In addition to offering a rigorous curriculum, we believe that it is important for students to gain firsthand experience in politics and public service. Many of our students seek to translate what they have learned in the classroom to "real world" experiences beyond the campus gates, in the form of internships and service-learning activities.