Have you run into any UofM students in Southwest Detroit lately? Well there’s a few of us interning right here in Southwest! During the Fall and Spring semesters, the University of Michigan sends students to “live, learn, work, and engage” in the Detroit community at Wayne State University. Students get to take classes on Wayne State’s campus and intern at the same time! The program, called Semester in Detroit, is an initiative created and driven by students. In 2006, four students drafted a proposal and quickly gained many supporters. Today, Semester in Detroit hosts 10 to 15 students per semester. These students get to choose to intern at one of more than 50 different community organizations that have partnered with the Semester in Detroit program. A few of us are interning at some really cool places here in Southwest.
There is an intern placed with American Indian Health and Family Services (just 5 minutes from Springwells). At AIHF, Ebony Williams, a sophomore from University of Michigan, is a care team intern in their health clinic. She shadows physicians and participates in home visits with Healthy Start, a program within the organization that visits homes and offers support and education regarding prenatal care, pregnancy, and child health. She loves how Southwest Detroit is so diverse and how the families are blended with different cultures and traditions. She feels a true sense of community here and loves supporting local businesses.
Another intern, Kathleen Carey, is at Cristo Rey High School for the Boys Hope Girls Hope: Hope Prep Program. She works with students at their after school program, helps plan community-based lesson plans and field trips for the students, and she’s creating a workbook for the freshmen cohort that will help them exercise what they’ve learned. Kathleen loves all of the amazing Mexican food and the locally owned shops.
My name is Tangela Woodley, a junior at the University of Michigan. I am currently interning at Urban Neighborhood Initiatives working on community marketing for Springwells Village. I work on developing distribution plans and marketing strategies, I create outlines for future blog posts, and a lot of other cool things aimed at increasing economic activity in local businesses. I love the art of Southwest. There are so many colors and beautiful expressions of art everywhere you look.
Semester in Detroit is one of many programs at Michigan that allows students to continue growing educationally while gaining fun, unique skills and having the opportunity to give back to the community. Michigan and so many other schools have a long list of resources that help students gain important skills and pursue their dreams. What are your dreams and passions? How do you plan to give back?
Go visit the Semester in Detroit website for more information, and cool testimonials!