ULIP student in her internship

Urban Leadership Internship Program (ULIP)

The Urban Leadership Internship Program is an integrated educational internship program providing University Honors Program students the opportunity to explore career options and develop key skills while having an impact in the community. The program provides the students with the following:

  • A stipend of approximately $4,500, paid in three installments
  • A full-time, 10 week summer internship in the Dayton or Cincinnati metropolitan area
  • The opportunity to provide service to a non-profit organization and to learn about urban issues

Program Commitments by the accepted student

  • Successful completion of the spring semester sprint seminar course
  • Successful completion of 10 weeks of full-time work during the summer
  • A final reflection paper due at the beginning of fall term
  • A presentation during the Reflection event on campus

Timeline for Academic Year 2017-2018

  • February 12th- 11:59:pm—Student Application Deadline
  • February 19th-28th—Applicant materials sent to non-profit Agencies for hiring approval
  • March 1—Decision emails to all student applicants
  • April 5th-May10th—Spring semester HON290G-U sprint course for accepted students
  • May 21st-August 3rd—Date range of summer internship
  • August 2018—Final reflection paper due and Reflection event on campus

Application & Review

This program is only open to University Honors Program students, in their second or third year with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply and must accept the program commitments as outlined above.

Application materials include:

  • One page Resume
  • Personal Statement- Why ULIP, how you benefit, and why non-profit agencies
  • Letter of Recommendation

Students are selected based on:

  • Academic performance
  • Self-motivation
  • Self-directed learning/Leadership
  • Personal statement
  • Interest in serving urban communities

Eligible students should visit the UHP Student Resource Canvas Site for more details.

ULIP Partners with Non-Profit Employers

ULIP specifically partners with non-profit internship employers who can provide a good work experience, appropriate supervision, and who are involved in the urban neighborhood in which they are located. The list below highlights some of the internship employers in which our students have the opportunity to work.


  • American Cancer Society
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • Center for Addiction Treatment
  • Central Connections (Middletown)
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital
  • Freestore Foodbank
  • Miami University Center for Community Engagement in Over-the-Rhine
  • United Way of Greater Cincinnati


  • Family Violence Prevention Center
  • Foodbank, Inc.
  • Goodwill Easter Seals
  • Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Greene County Housing Program (Xenia)
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton
  • L&M Products
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • United Way of Greater Dayton—Freedom Schools
  • Wright-State & Premier Health
  • YWCA Dayton