University of Michigan

Program Components

Offered exclusively to University of Michigan undergraduates, D-SIP provides a unique, paid opportunity to work alongside fundraising professionals, develop new skills and prepare for a rewarding future in philanthropy.

Browse this FAQ for answers to common questions about D-SIP.

Paid work

Twelve-week internships allow you to earn a summer wage working four days a week alongside some of the U-M’s top fundraising professionals, gaining high-level experience and building your resume.

  • “I was given the opportunity to help launch a broad movement to increase philanthropic awareness around campus... It was an experience I couldn't find in a classroom, and it was very attractive to employers looking for commitment and follow-through.”
    —Brian Restuccia, D-SIP ’07
  • “Through my work experience, I gained many skills that will be incredibly important and useful as I enter into a career involving computer programming and analytics.”
    —Jordan VanderZwaag, D-SIP ’13

Coursework

A weekly three-credit philanthropy course taught by U-M faculty with presentations from leading philanthropists and U-M leaders helps you network for your future.

  • “The class’ resources, networking opportunities, peer learning, and theoretical knowledge all have direct applications to the work I’m doing each day as development coordinator at Altarum. My knowledge from class has allowed me to create tools and processes – such as factsheets, contact reporting, tracking spreadsheets, and sponsorship forms – that allow me to do my job more effectively. I would not be where I am today, without the skills and experience I gained through D-SIP.”
    —Katelyn Videto, D-SIP ’09

Professional development

Through workshops, retreats, and hands-on consulting projects with area non-profits you'll build your professional community, reflect on your strengths and develop your personal brand—leadership skills you’ll need to build a career and pursue the causes that matter to you.

  • “I have new friends and mentors, a bigger network, honed professional skills and experiences, and a strong respect for and belief in the power of philanthropy - all because of D-SIP!”
    —Kate Hertler, D-SIP ’12

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