Applications for our next class of Fellows will open in early 2019. In the meantime, read on to learn about the process…

We challenge leaders to learn by doing through a year of meaningful employment and intellectual work with area nonprofits designed to positively impact our diverse, culturally vibrant city. Individuals of various intellects and backgrounds from our own backyard and across the country come together to live, work, play, give and lead in Detroit by uniting with area companies, non-profits and cultural institutions. If you want to grow as a leader, make a social impact, and be part of moving Detroit forward, apply now.

Want to know more about our Fellows? Meet our current Fellows. Meet our alumni. And check out our Facebook page to meet Featured Fellows.


Learn more about what our Fellows will do and receive.

  • Engage in team challenges, utilizing design thinking and innovative collaboration in partnership with area non-profits to positively impact the city and region;
  • Work at one of the top companies in the region;
  • Receive a $38,000 annual salary plus typical host company benefits when you work for one of our host company partners*;
  • Participate in a leadership development program; and
  • Receive benefits such as memberships to various organizations, discounts, event access, and other benefits.

*Candidates who already have a job will receive a salary from their current employer.

Learn more about what we expect from our Fellows

  • Embody the program’s core values;
  • Contribute innovative thinking and intellectual capital to philanthropic efforts in the city and region;
  • Become an integral part of the Challenge Detroit community, as an active participant in initiatives, mentorship and programming;
  • Collaborate with other Challenge Detroit Fellows, alumni and the community at large;
  • Demonstrate professionalism, integrity, and leadership abilities;
  • Commit one full year to the program;
  • Be willing to document experiences in a variety of formats including social media, video and blogs; and
  • Work closely with multi-disciplinary teams on various challenges.


Whether you are looking for a great job or already have one, you can apply to Challenge Detroit! In the application, simply select your applicant type.

If you already have a job, your employer must approve your application to Challenge Detroit and be willing and able to participate in the program as a host company. Upon applying, our staff will contact the companies of the applicants with jobs to finalize engagement as a host. Candidates with jobs will NOT be required to interview with other host companies, but WILL be required to attend the two-day interview trip in Detroit in May.

If you share the values of Challenge Detroit, are a U.S. resident or legal resident alien, hold a Bachelor’s degree*, and fully understand the application process (see below), we encourage you to apply! Applications for our next class of Fellows will open in early 2019. Stay tuned to our social media and check back here for an official announcement.


The Process

  • Phase One: The Application

    Candidates will submit basic applications along with their resume. Select candidates will be invited to further submit a response to an essay question and a 60-second video reflecting why they want to live, work, play, give and lead in Detroit. Semi-finalists will proceed to Phase Two.

  • Phase Two: The Review

    Based on materials submitted, our team of Challenge Detroit reviewers will select the finalists who will be invited to interview with our host companies and experience the city during the Phase Three Interview Trip.

  • Phase Three: The Interview Trip

    Candidates will be interviewed by the host companies’ best suited to their preferences and strengths during a two-day interview trip. Challenge Detroit leadership and review team will work with the companies to determine final job placements. Attendance at the interview trip is mandatory.


Still want to know more? Ask a Fellow

Diversity and inclusion are a cornerstone of Challenge Detroit. We believe that all persons are entitled to equal opportunity. We do not discriminate against qualified applicants because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, genetic characteristic, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. We strive to support a culture where people can be themselves and feel included while including others.

*Applicants must be legal US residents and hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year institution, or be enrolled at an accredited institution and actively pursuing a Bachelor’s degree on at least a part-time enrollment basis with expected graduation by the time Challenge Detroit launches in September.