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.

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The Extended Reality (XR) Initiative is offering a Winter/Summer 2021 fellowship opportunity that is available to University of Michigan undergraduates and graduate students. You can read more about AI and its guiding principles by visiting ai.umich.edu.

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for well-rounded, driven and flexible fellows to help us manage and support Augmented and Virtual Reality projects that enhance the residential education experience and facilitate engaged and personalized learning at the University of Michigan. The XR fellows will be assisting with the second round of XR Innovation projects.

Duties:

The fellowship will involve playing an active role in the XR project team. XR Fellows will help create high-level project plans and support faculty and students that were funded in the 2020-2021 XR Innovation Fund. 

General requirements for all our fellows include:

  • Working well independently in a multicultural and collaborative environment
  • Working well in an environment with rapidly changing requirements and priorities
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Specific requirements for the XR Designer fellowship are as follows:

Required Qualifications:

  • Degree or experience in business administration, digital marketing, product design, User Experience Design and/or Research, computer science, or related fields
  • Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multitasking skills
  • Comprehensive written and verbal skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and extremely resourceful

 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with
    • Assisting in the definition of project scope and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility
    • Developing a detailed project plan to monitor and track progress
    • Measuring project performance using appropriate tools and techniques
    • Establishing and maintaining relationships with faculty and team members
    • Creating and maintaining comprehensive project documentation

 

Hours:

Academic term: 5-20 hours per week (flexible hours)

Summer term: Up to 40 hours per week 

 

Start Date:

February 2021

 

End Date:

May 2021 with possibility of continuing into the Summer (August)

 

Deadline for Applications:

If you are interested, please contact academicinnovation@umich.edu and provide a copy of your resume, portfolio link, and any other materials you would like us to consider.

The Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) is offering a Summer 2021 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 ai.umich.edu.

 

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for well-rounded, driven and flexible fellows to help us design and develop digital applications that enhance the residential education experience and facilitate engaged and personalized learning at the University of Michigan.

Duties:

The fellowship will involve playing an active role in the AI software development team. Software Development Fellows will implement designs and create and test software across the development stack (from the database to server-side code to front-end user interfaces). 

General requirements for all our fellows include:

  • Working well independently in a multicultural and collaborative environment
  • Working well in an environment with rapidly changing requirements and priorities
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Specific requirements for the software development fellowship are as follows:

Required Qualifications:

  • Degree or experience in computer science, computer engineering, or related field 
  • Demonstrable experience with one or more object-oriented programming languages

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with
    • Python, Ruby or a similar programming language
    • Django / Flask, Ruby on Rails, or similar web frameworks
    • JavaScript (ES6 preferred) and related libraries and frameworks (e.g. Vue.js)
    • HTML5 + CSS, LESS or SASS 
    • MySQL or similar relational database software
    • Git VCS

Hours: 40 hours per week (flexible hours; remote position)

Start Date: April/May 2021 (flexible)

End Date:  End of August 2021 (flexible) with the possibility of continuing employment

Contact:

If you are interested, please contact us at academicinnovation@umich.edu  and provide a copy of your resume, portfolio link, and any other materials you would like us to consider. Please add “Software Development Fellow Applications” to the subject line.

The Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) is offering a Summer 2021 fellowship opportunity that is available to all University of Michigan undergraduates and graduate students. You can read more about CAI and its guiding principles by visiting ai.umich.edu 

 

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for well-rounded, driven, and creative fellows in 2-3 roles to support the Marketing and Communications activities of the Center for Academic Innovation. No marketing, communications, social media, or graphic design experience required, but this is a great opportunity to gain real-world experience in any of these fields.

As an integral member of the team, you’ll have the opportunity to shape your fellowship experience based on your interests as they align with the functions and goals of our Marketing and Communications team. As a Marketing and Communications Fellow, you’ll have an opportunity to:

  • Gain real-world social media experience interacting with our more than 61K followers.
  • Craft emails reaching more than 3 million global U-M learners.
  • Develop or expand your graphic design skills to produce marketing materials seen by millions.
  • Contribute to our blog where readers spent more than 900 hours in 2020.
  • Support live and virtual events for the U-M community on campus and around the world. 

There are plenty of ways you can have a big impact on our work in support of the mission of the Center for Academic Innovation as we aim to extend academic excellence, expand public purpose, and end educational privilege.

The Summer 2021 fellowship will be remote. There is no requirement to live in Ann Arbor, but you may need to make accommodations to meet with faculty and staff in accordance with the Eastern time zone. Opportunity for fellowship extension to Fall 2021 semester.

Duties:

Student fellows could contribute to core functions of the marketing and communication department based on skills and interests. These could include:

  • Conceptualize, design, iterate, and execute print and digital assets in collaboration with teams across the Center for Academic Innovation.
  • Support the development, evaluation, and optimization of paid advertising campaigns promoting Center for Academic Innovation initiatives and brands. 
  • Support the development of branded email communications directed to targeted subscription lists.
  • Collaborate with Center for Academic Innovation teams in support of the event planning process including planning discussions, developing event descriptions, providing support on the day of events, and generating reports to evaluate the success of events.
  • Storytelling utilizing existing channels including website, email marketing, social media, and print collateral, and ensuring all material fits appropriate brand voice and tone.   

General requirements for all our fellowships include:

  • Working independently in a multicultural and collaborative environment
  • Working well in an environment with rapidly changing requirements and priorities
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Educational Value

Gain real-world experience working within a dynamic, fast-paced team environment. Develop presentation skills. Flexibility to apply what you’re learning in your classes and focus your fellowship on social media, graphic design, communications writing, email marketing, event planning/management, paid advertising, or other dimensions of marketing and communications.

Specific requirements for this fellowship are as follows:

Required Qualifications:

  • Playful curiosity about innovative projects and learning experiences.
  • Ability to work well in an environment with rapidly changing requirements and priorities.
  • Interest in gaining practical skills in Marketing, Communications, Graphic Design, or related fields.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in journalism, communications, marketing, creative writing, graphic design, or relevant field.

Hours:

Up to 25 hours per week (flexible hours)

Start Date: 

(flexible)

End Date:

(flexible) with the possibility of continuing into the following semester 

If you are interested, please contact academicinnovation@umich.edu and provide a copy of your resume, portfolio link, and any other materials you would like us to consider.

Deadline for Applications: March 5, 2021

The Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) is offering a Summer 2021 fellowship opportunity in Extended Reality (XR) Development 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 ai.umich.edu.

 

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for well-rounded, driven and flexible fellows to help us design and develop Augmented and Virtual Reality applications that enhance the residential education experience and facilitate engaged and personalized learning at the University of Michigan. The XR fellows will be assisting with the first round of XR Innovation projects.

 

Duties:

The fellowship will involve playing an active role in the XR development team. XR fellows will help with the software design and development for XR Innovation projects. Fellows will be responsible for working with XR Developers to write code and create modules for XR production.

General requirements for all our fellows include:

  • Working well independently in a multicultural and collaborative environment
  • Working well in an environment with rapidly changing requirements and priorities
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong coding and documentation skills

Specific requirements for the XR Developer fellowship are as follows:

Required Qualifications:

  • Degree or experience in computer science, computer engineering, or related field 
  • Significant experience with Unity, Unreal, WebXR, or equivalent XR development technologies

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with
    • 3D modeling and animation tools
    • Testing
    • C++, C# or JavaScript
    • Source Control and code commenting
    • Working in teams to support large projects

Hours: 40 hours per week (flexible hours; remote position)

Start Date: April/May 2021 (flexible)

End Date:  End of August 2021 (flexible) with the possibility of continuing employment

Contact:

If you are interested, please contact us at academicinnovation@umich.edu  and provide a copy of your resume, portfolio link, and any other materials you would like us to consider. Please add “XR Development Fellow Applications” to the 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.”

– Annarbor.org

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.

For more information visit: https://hr.umich.edu/working-u-m