Career Opportunities

Who We Are

Academic Innovation is a strategic priority for the University of Michigan. Through curricular innovation, educational data and research, and tools for learning, Academic Innovation aims to shape the future of learning and redefine public residential education at a 21st century research university by unlocking new opportunities for the University of Michigan community and learners around the world. University of Michigan has over 100 grad programs in the top 10, over 260 degree programs, more than 540,000 alumni worldwide and is the #1 public research university in the US (U-M Facts & Figures).

Who You Are

You are an intellectually curious, creative problem solver. You lead by listening, by collaborating, and by encouraging. You challenge yourself and your collaborators to think about risk while identifying pathways to maximize impact and enable excellence. You have experience taking an initial concept and helping an organization and community to realize its potential.

The Center for Academic Innovation (AI) is offering a Summer 2020 fellowship opportunity that is available to University of Michigan undergraduates and graduate students. Through curricular innovation, leadership in learning analytics, and personalization at scale, AI aims to shape the future of learning and redefine public residential education at a 21st century research university by unlocking new opportunities for the U-M community and learners around the world. You can learn more about AI and its guiding principles by visiting

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for well-rounded, driven, and flexible Media Design Fellows to help us produce media content that enhances online and residential learning experiences. Media Design Fellows support various multimedia projects, with a particular focus on videography and editing. Students of all disciplines are welcome to apply, as we offer on-site training around our specific production workflows.


This fellowship provides an opportunity for selected candidate(s) to develop extensive foundational knowledge of media technology and related equipment, software, and systems. Additionally, the fellows will have opportunities to build new media design skills, hone their existing skills through the quality control process, and assist with research surrounding media tools and technology. Fellows will assist the AI Media Design team with the following tasks:

  • Video and audio capture, including studio production and live (streaming) production
  • Video post-production, including editing, compositing, and color correction
  • Production of motion graphics, animations, visual effects, 3D models, and virtual environments
  • Audio post-production, including restoration, mixing, and mastering
  • Troubleshooting and maintenance of media technology and other related technological infrastructure

Required Qualifications  

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Experience shooting and editing video
  • Technical aptitude and working knowledge of fundamental video and audio technology
  • Comfort with Apple computers and operating systems
  • Outstanding attention to detail and demonstrated ability to work independently, coupled with a passion for learning and professional growth

Desired Qualifications

  • Extensive knowledge of media technology standards, formats, tools, and techniques
  • Experience mixing and mastering digital audio (Logic, Pro Tools, Ableton)
  • Working understanding of online educational media landscape

Hours: 40 hours per week preferred; schedule is flexible 

Start Date: May 2020

End Date: TBD

If you are interested in this fellowship, please contact Marissa Reid ( and provide a copy of your resume, portfolio link, and any other materials you would like us to consider.

The Center for Academic Innovation is offering a behavioral science fellowship to UM graduate students. AI aims to transform the way we educate and engage both our residential students and communities beyond the University of Michigan. For more information about AI please visit

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for a creative, responsible, reliable, tech-savvy student to help us build, test, and improve educational technology and online learning experiences developed at AI. The Behavioral Science Fellow will apply behavioral science principles and communication strategies to intervention design and writing content for students. The Fellow may also participate in user discovery or research. The Fellow will also help the behavioral science team identify areas of strength and areas for improvement.


  • Conduct user discovery and user testing interviews for new tools
  • Work with current project teams to develop user guides and other instructional materials for new users (both administrative and end users)
  • Write and edit articles (e.g., about teamwork, good study habits, college life, etc) that will appeal to college students
  • Manage content using the Michigan Tailoring System (an in-house software tool)

Required Qualifications

  • Graduate student at the University of Michigan
  • Strong writing skills — fluency in English, comfort with an iterative writing process
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative environment
  • Ability to work in an environment with rapidly changing requirements and priorities
  • Ability to track and complete multiple tasks simultaneously, quickly, and on-time 

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in social science, education, journalism, communication, or relevant field
  • Experience with behavioral theory through coursework or professional experience
  • Experience conducting user interviews or other qualitative interviews
  • A passion for expanding online learning tools or helping other students

Other details

  • Hours: 40 hours per week
  • Contact: Send a cover letter and resume to our Student Program Coordinator, Marissa Reid ( Please add “Behavioral Science Fellow” as a subject line.

Working in the Center for Academic Innovation means you’re a part of a diverse team with many values to guide our continued growth and success.

We value boldness and humility.

Boldness generates new solutions to emerging and age-old problems. Humility ensures we respect and learn from previous efforts and listen to all stakeholders when designing solutions.

We value creativity and process.

Although some may see creativity as anathema to process, we recognize that disciplined processes allow and are necessary for creativity. Effective design management supports a culture of creativity and innovation in learning.

We value risk taking and tradition.

Universities are at their best when they balance the creation of new ideas, technologies, and forms of expression with the protection of cultural heritage and knowledge. In designing elegant solutions to problems in higher education, we see value in taking thoughtful risks in order to question the present and position for the future while honoring our past.

We value personalization and scale.

One-on-one models of education are highly effective, but have, historically, not been scaleable. We aim to create effective tools, pedagogies, and learning experiences that meet the diverse needs of each learner regardless of the scale of the effort

We value openness.

As part of a public research university, we prioritize serving our local, state, and global communities rather than our own interests. When given the choice, our work products will be fully available for other organizations and individuals to learn from, reuse, and remix.

Working for the University of Michigan also means a competitive benefits package including a variety of health and wellness programs.

Why Should You Live Here?

“Ann Arbor is many things, including a bustling university town, culinary hotspot, and a tech hub with a walkable downtown that includes world-class arts and culture…Ann Arbor lies at the center of a greater collection of communities in Washtenaw County. With so many thriving communities nearby, Ann Arbor has become a cultural melting pot and urban oasis.”


At the Center for Academic Innovation, we believe your growth makes our team stronger and our mission achievable. That is why we provide dedicated time for professional development, opportunities to work across domains, and funding to deepen your knowledge and expand your skills.

The University of Michigan recognizes that people are our most important resource for sustaining excellent teaching, research and service. To enhance the ability of staff members to contribute to their departments and to provide career satisfaction for productive employees, the University is committed to supporting ongoing staff development for any staff member. Staff development is defined as growth in an individual’s knowledge, skill, and personal effectiveness.

A University goal is for all staff members to make the maximum contribution to their departments, while having opportunities to develop their talents, to acquire and use new skills, and thus to achieve greater career effectiveness and satisfaction. Career development opportunities include mentoring as well as informal and formal training.

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