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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!

Institute Application

1. Apply to Albion College

Each Institute at Albion has its own application. Please complete the College application first, and then you may submit your Ford Institute application.

2. Apply to the Ford Institute

We accept 60 students into our first year class. For your application to receive equal consideration with those of other candidates and to receive preferential consideration for a Ford Institute scholarship, it must be submitted no later than March 1.

Applications will continue to be accepted after the March 1 date, and qualified students will be granted admission on a space-available basis.

Use the form below to complete the online interview.

3. Schedule an Interview

Please include on your application a WEEK DAY date or two and general time that would be convenient to visit campus for your interview.  Telephone interviews are also available. The Ford Institute Coordinator will contact you to schedule your interview, or you may e-mail us at  , or call the Ford office at any time: 517/629-0368.

Notification: You will be notified of our decision by letter following your interview.

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Contact Us

Thank you for visiting the site. We'd like to hear from you. Please use the form below to send any questions you may have about the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service.

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Alternatively, you may contact the Ford Institute directly using the information below:

Campus Address:

201 Robinson Hall

Mailing Address:

Gerald R. Ford Institute
Albion College
611 E. Porter St.
Albion, MI  49224

Phone: 517/629-0368
Fax: 517/629-0920

Internship Requirement

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 an area of politics, but numerous other types of public service internships are available and have been completed by our students. Some Ford students work with the Director of the Institute to create their own internships in an area that is of special interest to them.

Internship credit may be obtained one of two ways:


A full-time internship for at least one unit of academic credit (300 hours), or two 150-hour part-time internships (0.5 units each), in an area of public policy and public service are typically completed in the junior year or over the summer break. This can be done locally while taking courses at Albion, or a student may concentrate only on the internship off-campus.

Off-Campus Programs

There are many work/study programs that help arrange an internship in the field of public policy and public service for one to two units of academic credit in conjunction with two to three units of academic course work that are transferable to Albion College. Programs such as the Washington Center, Washington Semester, Chicago Center of Urban Studies, Philadelphia Center, Educational Programs Abroad (EPA), and international experiences through Boston University allow students to explore their academic and career interests in a different city or nation.

For more information regarding internship opportunities, visit the Career and Internship Center website and contact them to set up an appointment.


Click here for examples of recent Ford internships.

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