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Advance U Student Internship Program

The Advance U program is designed to introduce undergraduate and recently graduated students to advancement as a profession. Interested students should have a general interest in philanthropy and its impact on society.

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How the Program Works

Interns entering Advance U will be matched with a host department in University Advancement (UA) that aligns with their area of interest. During the program, which runs from late May through early August, students will work on and complete a special project related to their learning goals. At the end of Advance U, interns will present their project to UA staff.

Interns are paid for a 40-hour work week and will spend Monday – Thursday in their assigned host department. Friday is seminar day and an opportunity to build community, participate in group activities, and learn from guest speakers. Students will also have a chance to attend UA special events and off-site learning excursions.

Knowledge and Skills Gained

Through Advance U students will:

  • Gain a broad understanding of institutional advancement through their work with a department involved in or supporting fundraising or alumni engagement.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of who they aspire to be professionally and how to grow into that role through peer-to-peer coaching and interaction with senior leadership.
  • Achieve an appreciation for diversity and inclusion, leadership development, communication skills, and teamwork.
  • Enjoy a close-knit and supportive community of fellow interns learning about philanthropy.
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Advance U interns prepare for their final presentation

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An Advance U intern discusses his project with University Advancement staff

What Advance U Participants Have to Say

I would have to say the best experience was my first visit with a donor and the passion and memories they have at MSU and how they want to leave a legacy. I think the memory of that meeting will stay with me for the rest of my development career.” – Garrett, 2017 intern

[Our intern’s] project exceeded our expectations resulting in feedback and suggested changes that we will be implementing in the next few months.” – Corey, 2017 host department supervisor

How to Learn More or Apply

To learn more about Advance U, contact Cindy Hales, program director, at Or, if you’re ready to apply, visit MSU Career Services Handshake to fill out and submit an application.