Challenge Detroit is an urban revitalization project bringing together individuals of various intellects and backgrounds from our own backyard and across the country to 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 be involved in one of the most exciting social movements in history of our great city, 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, in partnership with area non-profits, designed to positively impact the city and region;
  • Work at one of the top companies in the region;
  • Receive a $36,000 annual salary plus benefits typical of host company;
  • Live in the City of Detroit;
  • Participate in a leadership development program; and
  • Receive benefits such as memberships to various organizations, discounts, event access, and other benefits.

Learn more about what we expect from our Fellows

  • Embody the programs core values;
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities and a desire to achieve the vision of a revitalized Detroit area;
  • Express how they will contribute intellectual capital to philanthropic efforts in the 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;
  • Commit one full year to the program;
  • Be willing to document their 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 job status.

If you already have a job, your employer must support your application to Challenge Detroit and wish to participate in the program. Upon applying, our staff will contact the companies of the candidates with jobs to finalize engagement as a host. During Phase Four, 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.

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), apply now!


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The Process

  • Phase One: Application Part 1 – Basic Information

    Candidates will submit written applications including a basic pitch reflecting their passion for Detroit along with their resume. Qualified candidates will be selected and notified to proceed to Phase Two

  • Phase TWO: Application Part 2 – Video & Essay

    Candidates will respond to an essay question and submit a one-minute video reflecting why they want to live, work, play, give and lead in Detroit. Qualified candidates will be selected and notified to proceed to Phase Three.

  • Phase THREE: Online Community Vote

    One-minute video applications and pitches from top candidates will be featured on the Challenge Detroit Facebook page. Candidate’s 500-character pitches and videos will be open for a community-wide vote. Based on Phase One, Phase Two and the results of our community vote, our team of Challenge Detroit reviewers will select approximately 75 individuals to interview with our host companies and experience the city during the interview trip.

  • Phase Four: In-person Interviews

    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.


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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 2016.