Urban Leadership Internship Program (ULIP)

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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 honors 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. 

Only current Honors students in their second and third year are 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 $5000 for those students choosing to live alone or with other ULIP interns. A reduced stipend of $3500 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.
  • Two Honors experiences, earned by enrolling in GIC 301H (3 credits) in Spring 2022, and HON 340A (0 credits) in Summer 2022.
  • Urban immersion through working, living, and exploring the Dayton, Ohio community.

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 2022
  • Successful completion of the HON 340 online course during Summer 2022
  • Attendance at the ULIP Reflection Dinner to present on their experience and thank community partners at the end of the summer internship experience

Timeline for Academic Year 2021-2022

  • Information Sessions for Miami students (August & September – provided in Honors Canvas site)
  • Friday, September 3  – Application is released on Canvas
  • Sunday, October 3, 2021,  by 11:59 PM – Application is due, including letter of recommendation
  • Friday, October 15, 2021  – Decisions announced by email
  • Friday, October 22, 2021  – Accepted students required to confirm intent to participate
  • November-January - Admitted Summer 2022 cohort works with ULIP coordinator to determine internship placement
  • Spring Semester 2022 – The Summer 2022 Cohort enrolls in GIC 301H to prepare for their summer internship experience
  • May 17 – August 5, 2022  – Date range for 10-week internship and HON 340A online internship class
  • TBD (late July 2022) – ULIP Reflection Dinner

Application and Review

Interested Honors students should complete the ULIP application, found here in Canvas, by the deadline of Sunday, October 3, 2021, 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 faculty or staff member, or from an appropriate person from outside the Miami community, who can speak to applicant qualifications. Applicants must provide their recommender with the Letter of Recommendation form, which can be accessed using this form, which can be accessed by copying and pasting this link: https://miamioh.formstack.com/forms/ulip_recommendation_letter_submission

All letters of recommendation must be received by the application due date (Sunday, October 3, 2021, by 11:59 PM). Applications are not complete until both online application and the letter of recommendation is received. Pre-medical co-major students applying for the Wright State-Premier Health internship: please have your research faculty provide your letter of recommendation.

Students are selected based on: 

  • Evidence of motivation and self-directed learning
  • Demonstrated commitment to or interest in serving in an urban community
  • Responses to the supplemental questions
  • Academic performance
  • 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 in which our students have the opportunity to work.

  • Children’s Hospital
  • Five Rivers Health Centers
  • Foodbank, Inc.
  • Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Miami Valley Community Action Partnership 
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • United Way of Greater Dayton—Freedom Schools
  • YWCA Dayton

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

Questions? Contact the program coordinator: Erin Wahler at wahlerea@miamioh.edu