Many of metro Detroit’s mature suburbs  face serious redevelopment and administrative challenges. Although universities produce research that offers in-depth analyses and even solutions to these municipal challenges, they are disconnected from the cities that need this critical information. Local students can play a critical role in bridging the gap between academic research and  municipal implementation. Internships addressing these issues allow city governments to benefit from highly qualified students’ skills and enthusiasm. Experience in local government will empower students to make meaningful contributions to southeast Michigan’s redevelopment—giving them a reason to stay after graduation.

The UniverCities Connection Internship Program places students with Millennial Mayors Congress member cities, where they will implement action-oriented solutions to regional challenges. This university-metropolitan alliance introduces the fresh ideas and research background of Michigan’s future professionals into local government while giving students real-world experience and a connection to the region.


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