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Ford Institute

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 130 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.

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Elizabeth Frankowski

Liz Frankowski, Albion College and Ford Institute Class of 2013Hometown: Washington, MI

Major/Minor/Institutes: Psychology/Political Science/Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service

Campus Organizations: Student Senate, Albion Admissions Tour Guide and Management Team, Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, Student Alumni Association, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, Pan-Hellenic Counsel, Mentoring Program with Harrington Elementary, International Honors Society in Psychology Psi Chi

Why I chose Ford: I joined the Ford Institute because I wanted to explore policy issues that are going on in today's society, learn how to analyze these topics, and build leadership experience that would benefit me for my future career as a politician.

Internship plans: I interned for the City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado in Miami Florida and for Miami-Dade School Board Member Raquel Regalado.

Post-graduation plans: Dual Program: Law School and Masters in Public Health

Favorite movie about my future career: To Kill a Mockingbird

Current issue/topic that is important to me: The current issue I am most passionate about is the health care reform policy. There are millions of Americans that need health care, but also there are many that take the system for granted. I believe there needs to be some sort of reform, but not to the extent of what is currently in place. Also, there are million of baby boomers that are going to be in need of care in the near future, but will have limited choices of who and when they can see a physician and what kind of treatment they can receive. This policy not only limits the choice of the baby boomer generation, but society as a whole. I believe it should be the patients' choice of what health care provider they should see.

Michael Albani

Michael Albani, Albion College and Ford Institute Class of 2013Hometown: Roseville, MI

Major/Minor/Institutes: English with Creative Writing Emphasis, History (double major)/ Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program, Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service

Campus Organizations: Student Senate, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Alpha Delta, Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Lambda Delta, WLBN Radio, British Eighth Marching Band

Why I chose Ford: The Ford Institute offered me a unique experience I could not find at any other college. As someone not going into political science, it allowed me the chance to still explore my passions for public policy and service and the opportunity to both network with and debate individuals with a wide range of political ideologies.

Internship plans: During the summer I interned in the District Office of Congressman Sander Levin from Michigan's 12th District.

Post-graduation plans: I plan to attend law school.

Favorite movie about my future profession: My Cousin Vinny

Current issue/topic that is important to me: The issue I'm most passionate about is mountaintop removal mining. Coming from a lineage of coal miners myself, I have to say that I am disgusted by the effects that mountaintop removal has had not only on the environments but also on Appalachian communities much like the one my mother grew up in. I believe that coal should not have the near-monopoly it currently has on American electricity production. I believe we need to invest more in alternative forms of energy.

Andrew Kercher

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Hometown/High School: Port Huron, MI; Port Huron Northern High School

Majors/Minors/Institutes: History and Philosophy Majors; Ford Institute

Campus Organizations: Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity, Nwagni Project

Why I Chose Ford: Ford allowed me to stay involved with my love for politics without having to devote so much time and classes to being a fully fledged Poli Sci major. It allowed me to be involved in the community and provided many opportunities and connections I would never otherwise had.

Internship: Historic Interpreter, Mackinac State Historic Parks

Post Grad Plans: I plan on going to grad school for museum studies, and I ultimately wish to stay employed in the museum field.

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