Real-World Experience

The Department of African American & African Studies offers you a wide variety of opportunities to work with professors outside the classroom, obtain real-world experience, and become a more engaged, well-rounded member of the community. Below are just a few of the ways that you can become involved with work outside of your studies at the University.


Internships give you the opportunity to contribute to the success of a business or organization while gaining hands-on experience to supplement your education. Find internships through Handshake, the U of M's exclusive online career database, the U of M's Office of Human Resources job search site, or visit the CLA's Career & Internships Services to seek internship opportunities. 

Community Engagement

Our undergraduates have a chance to translate theory into practice by interacting with the local community and making meaningful contributions, connections, and impacts. Check out the Center for Community- Engaged Learning to learn more about how you can get involved with the community. 

Undergraduate Research

You can gain valuable research experience as an undergraduate by participating in hands-on historical research for yourself. University-wide and department-specific opportunities exist for you to work closely with faculty members on an independent study project or to fill a class slot by pursuing a topic of close interest to you. Check out the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) to learn more about undergraduate research opportunities.