Each year, thousands of University of Michigan students are creating positive change while growing as learners and leaders. Find ways to connect your commitment to social change with your academic, personal, and professional goals through these Ginsberg Center's opportunities.
Leadership isn't just a word or a position. It's a practice. We have multiple programs that will allow you to develop your leadership skills while contributing to positive social change. Take a look at additional opportunities through M-LEAD, the University's leadership education resource.
Community Leadership Fellows
The Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning offers a year-long fellowship for University of Michigan undergraduate juniors and seniors. Upon successful completion of fellowship goals and expectations, each Ginsberg Fellow will be awarded a $1,000 stipend at the end of both the Fall and Winter semesters.
Learn more about the fellowship program.
MacDonald Community Fellows
Made possible by a generous gift from Scott MacDonald, the MacDonald Community Fellows Program provides a unique three-year fellowship for University of Michigan undergraduate students to receive funding while engaging in opportunities for community engagement, leadership development, and personal growth. MacDonald Community Fellows will receive a $5,000 annual scholarship, in two disbursements per academic year.
Learn more about the MacDonald Community Fellows program.
Student Advisory Board
- The Ginsberg Center Student Advisory Board voices the needs, concerns, and ideas of students as they relate to the mission and work of the Ginsberg Center. Through monthly meetings, the Board provides input to Ginsberg Center staff regarding programs, initiatives, and direction of the Center. Throughout their time on the Board, members remain active on campus, promote the ideals of the Ginsberg Center, and represent Ginsberg at the university and beyond. For more information on how to get involved click here.
Community Engagement Opportunities
Community engagement is a broad term that describes all the ways you can use your skills, resources, and interests to support the needs and priorities of your community. There are many community engagement practices, including direct service and volunteering, advocacy, philanthropy, civic action, activism, community-engaged research, socially engaged design, and social entrepreneurship. Take a look at some of our community engagement opportunities:
- The Detroit Partnership is a registered student organization partnered with the Ginsberg Center that serves to build bridges between the University of Michigan and the City of Detroit through weekly service-learning programs and long-lasting community engagement. This is done through weekly service programs and large events for more information head to their website.
We work to empower students with the resources they need to engage in the democratic process by advocating for voter registration, educating yourself and participating in the Big Ten Voting Challenge
TurboVote is a quick, customizable registration tool. Users can use TurboVote to start the registration process in any of the 50 states, update existing voter registration, request an absentee ballot, or receive election day reminders.
Visit our Democratic Engagement resources page to for actions like finding your representative, knowing your voter guidelines for Michigan, and bipartisan sources to learn about the issues.
Big Ten Voting Challenge
U-M is leading the Big Ten Voting Challenge. The Ann Arbor campus saw its student voting rate triple, going from 14% in 2014 to 41% in 2018.
Michigan Active Citizens - Alternative Spring Break
Michigan Active Citizens: Alternative Spring Break is a Ginsberg Center sponsored program that offers acommunity service-learning experience during University of Michigan’s Spring Break. In the months leading up to the Spring Break, students learn about a particular area, community, and social issue while getting to know their group. During Spring Break, the groups travel by road to a selected site to learn about how community partners in these areas are addressing that social issue.
For more information, visit the University of Michigan Active Citizens: Alternative Spring Break website.
- In collaboration with schools, community centers and other partners, the Ginsberg Center offers opportunities for the University of Michigan community to support literacy development, with an intentional focus on academically vulnerable students. Our programs include Readers & Best, America Reads, and Family Literacy Nights at the Ginsberg Center. Visit our Literacy Initiatives page to learn more about these initiatives and ways to get involved.
First Year Community Engagement Cohort
- The First Year Community Engagement Cohort (FYCEC) is a semester-long cohort program in partnership with the First Year Experience (FYE). Undergraduate first-year and transfer students interested in community engagement and social change are invited to apply. This cohort has a community engagement component as well as a personal portfolio component. Learn more about the cohort program.
Employment and Funding Opportunities
Looking for funding? We offer a scholarship and employment opportunites for current students. If you have any questions about these opportunities, email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ginsberg Center is supported by an amazing group of student Building Managers, job duties include managing visitors to our building, supporting our transportation system and service cord distribution, and engaging in a semester project of their choice.
Contact email@example.com to find out how to support our work as a Ginsberg Center Building Manager.
Rosalie Ginsberg Scholarship for Community Service and Social Action
Two $3,000 scholarships will be awarded this year to support University of Michigan students holding junior or senior standing this fall who demonstrate a commitment to community service or social action and who demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to students from Cuyahoga County, Ohio; thereafter to students from Ohio; and thereafter to any student. Inger and William Ginsberg established the Rosalie Ginsberg Community Service Scholarship Fund in honor of William’s mother.
Scholarship candidates must demonstrate strong community service or social action involvement, junior or senior standing, enrollment as a full time undergraduate program on the Ann Arbor campus, as well as financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.
Learn more about the Rosalie Ginsberg Scholarship.