Noel Niles, '10
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Noel Niles, '10
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.
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:
March 5, 2015
Christin Spoolstra, '11, Deputy Director, Caring for Cambodia
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
February 4, 2015
Miriam Brysk, Holocaust Survivor, Artist, Author
January 27, 2015
Ruth Holland Scott, '56, City of Albion Native, Teacher, Activist, Author, Politician
October 29, 2014
Bill Sweeney, '98, Chief of Staff, Senator Debbie Stabenow
September 25, 2014
Lexine Hansen, '97, Senior Policy Advisor, US Agency for International Development (USAID)
September 11, 2014
April 30, 2014
Randy Richardville, '81, Michigan State Senate Majority Leader
April 17, 2014
Catherine Fontana, '08, Editor and Manager, Edelman BioScience Communications
January 30, 2014
Julian Bond, Renowned Civil Rights Leader, Former Chairman of NAACP
November 17, 2013
Maureen Krauss, ’84, Vice President of Economic Development, Detroit Regional Chamber
September 26, 2013
Sara Wycoff, ’08, Strategic Adviser, Office of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
August 29, 2013
Susan Ford Bales, daughter of former Albion trustee and former U.S. President, Gerald R. Ford
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.