Although fundraising has become essential for public universities, the development profession lacks a defined pipeline. The University of Michigancreated the Development Summer Internship Program (D-SIP) to expose undergraduates to fundraising careers and to foster a culture of philanthropy on campus.
Outcomes demonstrate the effectiveness of exposing a diverse group of students to fundraising careers through D-SIP’s three components (experiential, educational, and professional preparation). Results also demonstrate an impact on the campus philanthropic culture and behavioral changes in giving among participants. In the classroom, theories of fundraising and philanthropy come alive for the students as development officers act as educators.