Overview
The Capital City Internship Program (CCIP) provides CMU students the opportunity to gain experience, network in a governmental setting and learn the critical role government plays on campus and in our communities . The program takes place in Downtown Lansing  with internships available in a variety of offices and departments:
  • ALL students, regardless of major and year, are encouraged to apply.
  • Internships are available ALL semesters (Paid and Unpaid).
  • Transportation to Downtown Lansing, provided by CMU, is available ALL semesters. Transportation will be provided on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week (leave campus by 8 AM, return before 5:30 PM) with the potential for additional weekdays added based on student need and number.
  • Academic credit can be obtained with approval from a faculty advisor.
Step 1:  Apply to the Program


Suggested Application Deadlines 

Fall Semester - May 1st

Spring Semester - October 1st

Summer Semester - February 1st



 Step 2: Schedule an Appointment with Career Services
SCHEDULE THROUGH:
  1. Select "Appointments"
  2. Click "Schedule an Appointment"
  3. Select "Capital City Internship Program (CCIP)" as the "Appointment Type"
  4. Having trouble finding a time slot? Email Erik Simon (erik.simon@cmich) your availabilities.
DURING APPOINTMENT:
We will discuss internship interest areas, internship application processes & "NEXT STEPS"

AFTER APPOINTMENT:
  1. Explore "NEXT STEPS"
  2. Keep Erik Simon Informed: Applications, Interviews, Secured Position (erik.simon@cmich.edu)
  3. Fill out the "Secured Intern Position" Form once solidified 


NEXT STEPS: Research Internships & Apply

Make sure to explore Career Services' Appointment Scheduling and Resource Topic Page. There are resources in a variety of areas that can assist you during your "NEXT STEPS" (ex. Resume and Cover Letter Writing, Interviewing....). You can even submit a short essay to receive free professional attire for your internship through First Impressions! 

Apply to multiple positions to find your best fit!
  1. Handshake Postings 
    • Includes positions sent directly from employers. Search "Michigan Civil Service Commission" under "Employers" to see full list.
  2. State Government  (A majority of CCIP Interns will apply through the State of Michigan )
  3. Local Government
    • Chamber of Commerce, Counties, Cities/Villages, Townships
  4. Federal Government
  5. Lobbying & Special Interest
  6. Nonprofit Organizations (NPO)
  7. Additional Opportunities
    • Looking to expand your search? Utilize the additional options to find your fit! 


    Suggested deadlines for securing an internship (at the latest):

    Fall Semester - Early August

    Spring Semester - Late November

    Summer Semester - Early April



Supplemental Resources

Ballenger-Browne Endowment - Provides financial support to political science students completing internships within all branches of the state and federal government. The endowment provides students with a stipend for transportation and other expenses related to the internship activities.

Information on Downtown Lansing

State of MI Employee Database  (search for contact information)

"GUIDE TO GOVERNMENT CAREERS"



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