Winter and spring/summer internship opportunities, Detroit River Story Lab

A variety of grant-funded research, writing, and project support positions are available to advance the interdisciplinary public engagement work of U-M’s Detroit River Story Lab and its regional partners. Selected students will work closely with U-M faculty leads and/or community organizations on various components of the Lab’s wide-ranging efforts to activate riverside locations as sites of memory, connection, and community empowerment.

Applicants must have completed at least one year in a relevant graduate program and should have strong research, writing, organizational, and interpersonal skills, as well as a demonstrated interest in public-facing work. Start dates, specific assignments, and work modalities for these positions can be flexibly configured based on individual students’ availability, research interests, and professional development goals. Most will be compensated at $25 / hour for 5-10 hours per week, but a limited number of fixed-term internship appointments may also be available for Spring / Summer ‘23.

Positions available for the upcoming Winter and Spring/Summer terms include the following:

Research-Intensive Positions:

  • Site interpretation researcher for Historic Fort Wayne
  • Digital cartography research manager to help launch an interactive digital cartography resource for the Detroit River corridor
  • Archival researcher for digital and/or museum exhibit project on the historical relationships of marginalized communities to the Detroit River and adjoining Great Lakes

Education / Communication Positions:

To apply for any of these positions, email your CV or resume along with a letter of interest as a single PDF file to A single letter may be used to apply for multiple projects. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis, with priority consideration given to applications received by January 6 for a start date in February and by March 15 for a start date in May. 

Graduate students who have made significant contributions to DRSL projects over the past two years are profiled on the Lab’s Research Team page. A representative sampling of their contributions can be found on our Work Products page.