Urban Leadership Internship Program (ULIP)

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Students at ULIP celebration

The Urban Leadership Internship Program (ULIP) is an integrated educational internship program that combines professional practice, civic engagement and leadership development, and urban exploration in the Dayton community.

The mission of ULIP is designed to support student growth and understanding in both professional settings and in civic engagement and leadership. Based in the heart of the Dayton community, ULIP connects Miami students to the urban community through a ten-week service-internship program that teaches students to analyze the complex, interconnected relationships between business and community. With the support and guidance of their internship and service agencies, the student interns are expected to integrate with the urban Dayton community; learn from community leaders; and serve the needs of the local community, contributing to the livelihood and wellbeing of Dayton’s urban communities. 

Any current Miami student in their second and third year is eligible to apply for the program. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.

Students accepted into ULIP will benefit from the following:

  • A total stipend of $6,000 for those students choosing to live alone or with other ULIP interns. A reduced stipend of $3,500 is offered to ULIP participants who commute from home.
  • A ten-week hybrid service-internship program, aligned with student interests and goals, of their own development, with support from the ULIP coordinator.
  • Urban immersion through working, living, and exploring the Dayton, Ohio community.
  • For Honors College students: Two Honors experiences, earned by a Spring semester course and the Summer internship (more details on the Honors College Canvas site).

Information Sessions

If you are a current second or third year Miami University student and would like to learn more about the Summer 2023 Urban Leadership Internship Program, please sign up for one of the information sessions below. Each information session will cover the same information, so please only register for one session. All information sessions for Fall 2022 are closed.

Program Commitments by the accepted student

  • Successful completion of GIC 301H*, Globalization and Belonging, the ULIP spring introduction and preparation course
  • Successful completion of a ten-week full-time integrated internship/service program during Summer 2023
  • Successful completion of the HON 340 online course during Summer 2023
  • Attendance at the ULIP Reflection Dinner to present on their experience and thank community partners at the end of the summer internship experience

*ULIP interns who are not members of the Honors College will be force-added into GIC
301H prior to Spring registration.

Timeline for Academic Year 2022-2023

  • August-September – Information Sessions for Miami students (details listed above)
  • Friday, September 2 – Application is released on this webpage
  • Sunday, September 25 by 11:59 PM – Application is due, including letter of recommendation
  • Friday, October 7 – Decisions announced by email
  • Friday, October 14 – Accepted students required to confirm intent to participate
  • November-January – Admitted Summer 2023 cohort works with ULIP coordinator to determine internship placement
  • Spring Semester 2023 – The Summer 2023 Cohort enrolls in GIC 301H to prepare for their summer internship experience
  • May-August 2023 – Date range for 10-week internship and HON 340A online internship class
  • Late July 2023 – ULIP Reflection Dinner

Application and Review

Interested students should complete the ULIP application by the deadline of Sunday, September 25, 2022, by 11:59 PM. The application requires that applicants include their resume and responses to the supplemental questions (limited to 1000 words). Please attach both in PDF format in the application

One letter of recommendation is required from a Miami University faculty or staff member or from an appropriate reference from outside the Miami community who can speak to the applicant's qualifications. Applicants must provide their recommender with the Letter of Recommendation form (accessed here: https://miamioh.formstack.com/forms/ulip_recommendation_letter_submission)

All letters of recommendation must be received by the application due date. Applications are not complete until both online application and the letter of recommendation are received. 

Students are selected based on: 

  • Responses to the supplemental questions
  • Evidence of motivation and self-directed learning
  • Demonstrated commitment to or interest in serving in an urban community
  • Academic performance (minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA)
  • Resume information

ULIP Partners with Non-Profit Employers

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

  • Brunner Literacy Center
  • Catholic Social Services
  • Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools
  • Dayton Children’s Hospital
  • Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
  • Five Rivers Health Centers
  • Five Rivers MetroParks
  • Foodbank, Inc.
  • Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project 
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • YWCA Dayton

Interested students can fill out the ULIP Interest Form with questions or request to be notified when information sessions are scheduled and when the application is posted in the fall semester.

Questions? Contact Assistant Director Erin Wahler at wahlerea@miamioh.edu