Jefferson, wearing a "Motown Studio A" t-shirt, stands in front of a small blue and white house adorned with a sign reading "Hitsville, U.S.A."

Developing future leaders of Detroit starts with a summer internship

The Applebaum Internship Program at U-M’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts offers hands-on experience, funding, and professional development to students interning in non-profits and arts organizations in the City of Detroit and the surrounding areas. The program’s focus is developing the future leaders who will preserve and transform places and programs that are vital to the city’s history and growth.

Participants in the Applebaum Internship Program are LSA undergrads who bring to the work a wide variety of career interests—in coding, marketing, communications, social media, grant management, community outreach, museum collection management, and other areas.

“With the city in resurgence, it feels especially important to stay here. One of my biggest goals is to one day curate and run my own exhibition or gallery, and this opportunity was a chance to expand the knowledge and network I have,” said Lenae Jefferson, history of art major and Applebaum Internship Program fellow at the Motown Museum 

Past projects have included empowering teenagers by teaching code, thinking strategically about how to diversify a volunteer pool, and managing a historic museum collection.

Participating nonprofits include the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Motown Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, JOURNi, Downtown Boxing Gym, and many others.

Read more about The Applebaum Internship Program.


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