This past summer, senior Amerique Philyaw interned with the university’s development office and the Student Life. Amerique was member of the Development Summer Internship Program (D-SIP), which the Development Office offers each year to U-M undergraduates. She recently took a moment to share what she learned:
When I was younger my parents both worked in Information Technology at the University. So I’d been to the Michigan Union probably thousands of times. But when I walked in during my orientation tour it felt so different, because now I was going to be a part of the university and it felt incredible.
As a D-SIP intern, I worked with the staff who support the Student Life (DSA). I worked on a project with the Ginsberg Center, the DSA’s community service learning office. I analyzed Ginsberg's fundraising structure and helped lay the foundations for Ginsberg to develop an annual fund.
Working with DSA staff helped me gain a greater understanding of the depth and breadth of the resources the DSA offers, and I now feel a deeper connection to the university community. Vice President Royster Harper is someone that every student should meet! She is such a force and has such passion for the success and well being of every student. She taught me that the success of the Student Life depends on the passion and enthusiasm of every staff member, and I find her passion inspiring.
My greatest learning opportunity as a D-SIP intern came from my final presentation to Vice President Harper and the DSA leadership. I plan to attend law school and presenting to these leaders allowed me a chance to showcase my project and recommendations in a very professional way. It was one of the highlights of my college experience.
I’m very glad I had the chance to be a part of D-SIP and the Student Life!
Amerique Philyaw is majoring in Political Science and English and is a Michigan Tradition Scholarship recipient.