Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service

Your contribution to society begins now.

The Gerald Ford Institute for Public Service provides students with the chance to pursue their passion for public policy and community leadership. Through a combination of classroom and hands-on learning, students learn how to advocate on issues important to them while performing the hard work of making the world a better place.

Applying to an Institute and/or Center via the website is only available to first-year students. If you are a current Albion College student looking to apply to an Institute and/or Center, please contact the specific Director of the Institute and/or Center directly for application information.

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It’s your chance to go out into the real world and implement what you learned in the classroom.

As a student in the Gerald Ford Institute for Public Service, you’ll complete a one-unit internship tailored toward your specific career interests. Placements are secured through our strong alumni network, partnerships with national and international programs, and personal or professional connections.

Ford students frequently find internships in federal government, state and local government, judicial offices, and nonprofits, or take their learning further through an international program.


Where will the Ford Institute take you?

Students in the Gerald Ford Institute for Public Service explore policy issues through course work, service, internships and personal mentoring before graduating to pursue careers of purpose all over the world. Meet some of our current students and alumni.