Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (Co-sponsored with the Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship)

Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored. This means that the funding for this internship is provided by two institutions at Harvard. The Primary Affiliation is with the Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship, and the Secondary Affiliation is with the IOP. The primary institute will be the point of contact during the application and internship onboarding process, and applications for this placement will be processed by the Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship.

Please note the he Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship's application instructions to ensure you meet all the requirements. The intern selected for this internship will have the benefits and obligations of an intern in both of programs.

The vision of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation is to be Detroit’s leading economic development and jobs organization, leveraging our expertise and innovation to advance a sustainable, robust and inclusive economy.

Position Details:

Navigate small business owners through the ecosystem of small business support resources. They will be expected to take a leadership role in planning community events such as small business resource fairs, and to contribute to planning key "shop local" events on corridors experiencing street-scape construction They will also assist the DBL's in key communications campaigns around major City projects such as street-scape construction and place-making projects, planning studies, Clean and Safe initiatives, or other developments. At the conclusion of the internship, the interns will share their suggested recommendations, policy changes or process improvements. 

This internship will expose students to the real-world challenges facing small business owners in Detroit. They will have a chance to contribute to the improvement of a dynamic system of small business support. They will also see the public-private collaboration that is going into revitalization of strategic commercial corridors. The intern will hone a "consulting" skill set, including diagnosing a business issue and following it through to resolution.

PLEASE NOTE: This position will start on Monday, June 1, 2020 and run until August 7, 2020.


  • People person and a good listener with an orientation towards customer service.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to multi task.
  • Passionate about neighborhood revitalization or urban development.
  • Professional, open to learning new things, coachable, exible, team player.
Detroit, MI