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Internship Areas

During your fifth year in the Elementary Teacher Preparation Program at Michigan State University, you intern and practice teach in a school. While internships are determined and arranged by the Elementary Teacher Preparation Program, you are able to indicate a preference as to the geographical location in which you would like to intern. The Elementary Teacher Preparation Program offers a diverse array of internship possibilities.

These internship possibilities include opportunities to work in either urban, suburban or rural schools. Such opportunities will enrich your teaching and will be an essential part of your early professional experience. We have a variety of dynamic elementary schools which are affiliated with our Internship Program. In addition, you will have the advantage of working and learning side by side with an experienced classroom teacher and a field instructor, both of whom will help to guide you in your internship program. See below for more details.

Example Internship Area Map

These locations are for illustrative purposes only. Internship locations vary, and are determined by the Elementary Teacher Preparation Program coordinator based on available resources.

Internship Areas Example Map

Lansing Internships

The Lansing Area internships include the local surrounding area school districts like East Lansing, Holt, Lansing, Okemos and extends south to Jackson. See or email the Elementary Teacher Preparation Program coordinator in 116 Erickson or (laet@msu.edu) for more details about Lansing Area internships.

Southeast Michigan Internships

The Southeast Michigan internships include school districts surrounding and close to Detroit. These districts include Detroit, Southfield, Waterford, Walled Lake,  Plymouth-Canton, and others. If you have any questions regarding internships in the Southeast Michigan area, please email the Southeast Michigan area coordinator Dr. Effat Id-Deen (eiddeen@msu.edu).

Chicago Internships

The Elementary Teacher Preparation Program also has internship opportunities in Chicago. Email Monica Swope (swopemon@msu.edu) for more information about Chicago Area Internships.

Global Internships

The College of Education could also help to arrange for an international internship. Our students have taught at schools in places such as Beijing, Dubai and South Africa. See the Global Educators Cohort Program for more information or email (globaled@msu.edu).