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State and Local Government

Many students graduate high school without learning about state or municipality governance, yet knowledge of how to govern at a more local level is just as important as how to govern on a federal level. State and local government interns receive guidance from governors, state legislators, mayors, and city managers. Take advantage of the opportunity to see how policy directly impacts different neighborhoods and communities.

Danielle with Sheryl Mitchell the City Manager for Albion. Spotlight: Danielle Nelson, ’17

During the spring 2015 semester, Danielle interned with Sheryl Mitchell, the City Manager for Albion. Danielle was less of an intern and more of an assistant, attending meetings, creating programs for residents, and even impacting policy decisions such as adding bike lanes to the community. This experience will prepare her for a career as a city planner.

Other Offices

State Legislators

  • House Speaker Jase Bolger
  • Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop
  • Senate Minority Leader Mark Schauer
  • State Representative Kate Segal
  • State Senator Gary Peters

State Executive

  • MI Department of Environmental Quality
  • MI Attorney General
  • MI Department of Transportation
  • MI State Board of Education
  • MI Governor Jennifer Granholm

Local Government

  • Miami-Dade School Board
  • Oakland County Dpt of Parks & Rec
  • Portage City Hall
  • Village of Mackinaw City
  • St. Clair County Drain Commissioner

Congressional Committees


Spotlight »

Noel Niles, '10


Other Committees »

  • US Senate Committee on Labor & Human Resources
  • Committee on Education and Labor
  • US Senate Banking Committee

Internship Sites

Internship Sites

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


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!

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