Flint Community Initiative

The Flint Community Initiative (FCI) prepares and invests MSU’s most vital resource -- the time, gifts and talents of students passionate to make a difference – to engage in meaningful work in nonprofit community organizations in Flint while providing our students with a unique opportunity develop skills in hands-on, collaborative community development projects.

Our Mission:
The Flint Community Initiative began its internship program during the Summer of 2019. At the core of our mission is the belief that the key to revitalizing distressed areas is to look at neighborhoods and communities not for their deficits but for their assets. Our internship program pairs students and leaders of nonprofit community and civic organizations to engage in collaborative, community-driven projects that help to expand community assets and contribute to a thriving future for Flint residents.

Program Essentials:

  • The program runs for 10 weeks during the summer plus one intensive weekend orientation (June 1 - August 13, 2021).
  • Faculty and staff work with community partners to place students for a community-based internship project experience.
  • Students enrolled in 6+ credits will receive a minimum of $1,000 scholarship to defray living, work, and transportation expenses.
  • Open to advanced undergraduate and graduate students across every major and College.
  • Students take a 3 credit project-based skills course (SW 492/ SSC 490 - Flint Community Initiative: Asset-Based Approaches to Community Work), plus 3-6 internship credits (SSC 493).

Application and Contact Info:

Complete the College of Social Science Study Away application. Select Flint Community Initiative at the summer semester programs dropdown menu. Please include a current résumé and a brief statement of interest describing reasons for applying to the program, career goals or specific interests, and internship preferences.

The Flint Community Initiative has no application fee and no program fee. Applications are due April 2, 2021.

To learn more about the program, contact: Monica Villarreal, villar42@msu.edu

The program runs June 1st - August 13th.