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Learning that transcends borders

The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) seeks to be a focal point for the interdisciplinary study of issues that transcend borders. We administer one of the largest undergraduate programs on campus. PICS remains committed to its core mission to advance engaged global learning about the world beyond our borders and our integral place and role, individually and collectively, in that world. With your help, PICS can support internships, research, and study abroad for our International Studies students.

For more information on the various ways you can support PICS, please contact our center at 734.764.2268 or

Your Gifts at Work

Your gift can fund opportunities such as the International Human Rights Fellowship or a Summer Internship Grant.

Hannah Feng, a recipient of a PICS Summer Internship Fellowship, worked as a Therapy Assistant Intern at Advanced Therapeutic Solutions in Oak Brook, Illinois in the summer of 2022. She later wrote of her experience: “By helping me cover the costs of this invaluable unpaid internship, the PICS Summer Internship Grant helped me learn more about public health, public education, and cross-cultural competency and sensitivity in the real world.”

One of our 2022 International Human Rights Fellows with Perseus Strategies in Washington, D.C., Emmanuel Orozco Castellanos, had this to say about his experience: “The International Human Rights Fellowship constituted a foundational opportunity in my undergraduate career. This internship enabled me to deepen my knowledge and sharpen the skills I have acquired through my PICS education […] I can guarantee you that the noble work of Perseus Strategies transforms lives and, sometimes, it even saves lives. If I was able to engage in this type of outstanding advocacy, it was in part because of you. Thank you for supporting this dream of mine.”

Thanks to the generous Rose Silverman Internship Fellowship, Eli Pollak was able to pursue his passions for health, education, gender equality, and sustainability in the summer of 2022 as an intern with The Samburu Project in Wamba, Kenya. “Because of this Fellowship, I am returning to the University of Michigan with more passion for my studies and, I hope, perspectives that can enrich my classroom experiences and discussions,” he stated. “I am going to build upon this internship experience with formal coursework this fall in African politics and development and international economic development.”

Read more about our priorities

PICS International Internships

PICS students secure their own internships abroad and apply to PICS for additional funding to help offset travel and housing costs. PICS would like to grant support to all International Studies students seeking valuable international work experience. [DONATE]

PICS Student Fellowships Fund

PICS receives numerous strong applications for student study and research abroad. Current resources cannot fund all the great student applications. PICS would like to support all the worthy International Studies students who wish to study abroad. [DONATE]

PICS Strategic Fund

This fund supports PICS curriculum development and expansion of public affairs, career and postgraduate programming to enhance student opportunities to interact with international affairs academics and practitioners via innovative courses and events. [DONATE]