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 175 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.
Watch our introductory video to learn more, and please contact us with any questions you may have.
Hometown: Troy, Mich.
Campus Activities: Alpha Xi Delta, Albion College Swimming and Diving, Gerstacker Institute, First-Year Experience Mentor, Order of Omega, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Gamma Sigma Alpha, Harrington Elementary Student Mentor
Why I chose Gerstacker: I choice Gerstacker for the internships and networking opportunities.
What I'm most looking forward to: Graduating and starting my career in cable media sales.
Advice for prospective students: Get involved! I have been so lucky to be involved in various clubs and organizations around campus. The leadership skills I have learned and lifelong friendships have prepared me for life after Albion.
Hometown: Greenville, Mich.
Career Path: Economics and Management
Campus Activities: Students for Entertainment Employment, Women's Cross Country, Women's Track and Field, Tour Guide
Why I Chose Gerstacker: I wanted a program that was involved with my education process as much as I am involved in making it a part of my career. The program has become a personal part of my education here at Albion College.
Post-Grad Plans:Law school, Masters program in business, undecided
Favorite Gerstacker Speaker: "Bob" from Biggby Coffee
Hometown: Brighton, Mich.
Career Path: Public Accounting
Campus Activities: Hockey Club, Sigma Chi, Phi Beta Kappa, Accounting Society
Post-Grad Plans: Work for a "Big Four" accounting firm
Why I Chose Gerstacker: Great institute and name recognition
Favorite Gerstacker Speaker: Howdy Holmes, CEO of Chelsea Milling (Jiffy Mix)