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GM Student Corps is a paid, 10-week summer internship for college students who exhibit grit, determination and leadership potential.

  • You will work with a team of 10 high school students in metro-Detroit, Flint or Pontiac on creating, planning, and executing community service projects.
  • You will mentor these high school students to learn important life skills to enter the job market and/or college life.
  • A team of former General Motors executives will lead and teach you.
  • You will work with the high school students to prepare a presentation to be delivered to GM executives and employees.
  • You will gain valuable experience by working directly with GM executives and managers – and by networking with other GM summer interns that GM has hired from other universities around the U.S. to work on different projects.
  • You will tour the General Motors facilities, make friends, gain valuable work experience and most important: Make a difference in your community.

The program is open to current sophmores, juniors, seniors and graduate students. Please note that you must be enrolled in a college/university in the upcoming Fall semester to participate in the program. So, seniors graduating this coming May can only apply if they will be attending a graduate program this Fall.

To see pictures and video clips about the program from the perspectives of the high school students, Detroit Mercy interns, and GM retirees who participated last year, please click here, or view to the right. Please direct any questions to gmstudentcorps@gm.com

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    Application Information

    1. GM Student Corps Program Online Application: The online application is a survey link document to candidate information and short answer responses. On the short answer page, you may select any of the three prompts to respond to.
    2. Faculty Recommendation Form: Please forward this link to two individuals who can provide a recommendation about you. References will be asked to provide information that describes your academic ability, leadership and service qualities and/or experiences, as well as evaluate your motivation and commitment for the program. Ideally, your references will speak knowledgeably about your leadership abilities, your commitment to service, and your potential for further leadership and service development. It is recommended for one reference to be completed by a teacher/faculty member and for the second to be completed by a current or former professional reference/employer. Personal references are discouraged.
    3. Application deadline: The application deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 31. Early application submissions are encouraged. The selection process is competitive.
    4. Selection Process: Small group interviews will be held in early February. You will be contacted by email or phone to schedule an interview time. Students will be notified of acceptance on or before Feb. 28.

Frequently Asked Questions

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    What time of the year will the program run?

    The program is ten weeks long with a one-week vacation during the 4th of July week. It will kick off in late June and wrap up in late August.

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    What are the days and times for work?

    The typical work week will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on site at the assigned high school. The workday times are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, work is also expected to be completed off-site on your own and occasional additional meetings.

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    At which high schools will the projects be located?

    • Cody
    • Detroit Central Collegiate Academy
    • East Detroit
    • Flint Southwestern
    • Hamtramck
    • Harper Woods
    • Henry Ford
    • Lincoln
    • Madison
    • Melvindale
    • Osborn
    • Pontiac
    • River Rouge
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    How will I know what school I have been assigned to?

    You will receive an email indicating what school you have been assigned to with your team leaders' contact information.

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    When will I meet with my team?

    You will meet with your team a few times in April and May before the actual program takes place. During these meetings you will get a chance to get acquainted with your team and brainstorm project ideas.
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    Who will be my direct supervisor?

    Your team leader, a GM retiree, will be the person you would report to for any questions, concerns, tardies, absences, etc.
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    Will I work in the same location every day?

    Once you are assigned to a high school and you meet with your team, a decision of your work site will be made based upon the project that is agreed upon.
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    What will the average day of a Detroit Mercy intern look like?

    The average day will consist of you planning with your team, communicating with the team, especially team leaders, helping with the team's project, purchasing supplies, organizing lunch purchases, maintaining the team's records such as attendance, receipts, and other paperwork and any other tasks that maybe assigned. There may also be days that interns are required to meet at GM for special trainings and meetings.
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    What should I bring to work every day?

    Each workday you should have your GM company laptop, corporate credit card, something to collect receipts, life skills session materials, and your cell phone.
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    Is there a dress code?

    You will be required to wear your GM Student Corps shirt during the workweek and on tours. On days you may have meetings at the General Motors offices, the dress is business casual.
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    Will lunch be provided?

    Yes. While lunch is not typically provided for other GM internships, lunch and water will be provided for the entire Student Corps team every work day. If the team makes lunch selections that you do not like, you are welcome to bring your own.
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    Am I responsible for my own transportation?

    You will be responsible for your own transportation to and from your assigned high school.  But, you will travel to your work site and tours with your team in a GM van.
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    What if I have a vacation planned? Can I take time off?

    Since the program is only 10 weeks with one week already given off for vacation, it is highly encouraged for you to be present every work day. If you are planning a vacation, you are best to target the week of July 4, which you will already have off. However, if an absence is unavoidable, you are expected to communicate with your retiree supervisor and GM program coordinators as early as possible so that your role as team purchaser can be covered.  You will not be paid for days you are absent. No more than three absences are allowed.

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    What will the stipend be?

    The stipend will depend on your class standing (sophomore, junior, senior, graduate student) and once you are accepted into the program, GM will contact you with your base salary. The average intern salary at GM is in the range of $3,200 per month.
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    Any additional questions?

    If you have additional questions, please email gmstudentcorps@gm.com.
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