Michigan cities of all sizes and the regions surrounding them are our future. To survive and thrive in the future, Michigan’s cities must retain and attract more people including urban pioneers and young knowledge workers to its cities.
We want them to choose Michigan as the place they want to live, work and play by creating attractive, vibrant and diverse cities that anchor vital and prosperous regions throughout the Great Lakes State.
The Cool Cities Initiative hosts an annual program placing students in internships and fellowships in Michigan’s “Cool Cities.” Summer 2009 marked the launch of the pilot program, with 18 students working in cities and neighborhoods across the state. The 2010 program kicks off with 39 undergraduate interns.
Interns work on a diverse set of projects in the areas of urban planning and redevelopment, outreach and promotions, and community engagement, among others. And when we say work, we mean it: Cool Cities interns have helped create a community garden in Northwest Detroit, produced brochures to raise interest in a new Workers’ Row House Museum in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit, contributed to renovation plans for opera houses in Howell and Portland, conducted market research for the City of Dearborn, and much more.
Cool Cities mixes internships, workshops, networking, and collaboration opportunities for young people. The result? A dynamic learning environment that cultivates students’ personal and professional development while building a climate of creativity, innovation and excellence in Michigan’s Cool Cities.