Student Placements


Student may be placed with community partners and sites in a variety of ways.  Some of the main ways that UM-Dearborn places students is through:

1)       Paid Co-ops

2)       Paid Internships

3)       Unpaid Internships

4)       Work-Study

5)       Academic Service Learning




Paid Internships/Co-ops

Co-ops and internships are typically course-related experiences in which students are placed with participating employers in career-related, professional positions.  The student earns course credit (2-10 credit hours), receives hourly pay from the employer (~$8-20/hour), and learns about a career for an entire semester. 


What is the difference between co-op and internship? Co-op is often referred to as paid internship.  Some faculty members in the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters (CASL) offer placement in unpaid internships that are specific to a particular study major.  Co-op can be related to a major, but it's also possible for a student to use this experience to explore a career.  Co-op involves true employment, which means the organization makes an investment in the student and the student gets to make a real contribution to the organizationís work.


Unpaid Internships: 

These are typically on-site supervised work experiences that may or may not result in course credit, depending on the program.


Campus Co-op and Internship Resources:

Campus Wide Internships and Co-op Opportunities


College of Arts, Sciences & Letters (CASL) Opportunities:

CASL/Cooperative Education

Key Contact:         Patti Jones/Coordinator of Experiential Learning

Tel:  313.593.5188  // E-mail:



Criminal Justice Studies 

Environmental Studies 

Health Policy Studies 



Social Sciences/Sociology 

Social Sciences/Economics 

Public Affairs  


College of Business (COB) Opportunities

Key Contact: Mike Callahan/Director

Tel: #313-593-5422 // E-mail:


College of Engineering & Computer Science (CECS) Opportunities

Key Contact:  Tony DeLaRosa/Coordinator

Tel:  #313-593-5145 // Email: 




The Federal Work-Study Program provides students with the opportunity to work on campus or at approved off-campus non-profit organizations while they attend college. The purpose of any work-study program is to help a student pay educational costs through employment.  It is financial aid that is considered self-help.  Students must demonstrate financial need and be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits at the undergraduate level) to be eligible. There are three restrictions for students employed through the Federal Work-Study Program:


Work-Study students may not work during scheduled class time, more than 8 hours on any given day or more than a total of 25 hours per week.  


Federal Work Study Opportunities

Key Contact: Mai Qazzaz/Student Career Advisor & Event Coordinator

Tel: # 313-593-5020  // Email:




As an innovative and rigorous teaching methodology, ASL courses require and utilize community-based activities as a means of enhancing academic learning.  As such, students gain a deeper understanding of course content while engaging in the civic life of their community. Academic service learning courses are designed and guided by three essential criteria.  They: 1) enhance academic learning; 2) provide relevant and meaningful service; and 3) engage in purposeful civic learning.   ASL courses are designated as such in the course catalog.


Academic Service Learning Opportunities

Key Contact:  Carla Vecchiola, Ph.D./Director of Civic Engagement Project

Tel:  313-583-6550 // E-mail:



OMI is committed to assisting and facilitating mutually advantageous relationships between our students and work/career opportunities in the corporate and nonprofit arenas. 


For more information or questions about what type of placement would work best for your needs, please contact OMI staff:  313-583-6764 or