We are looking for our next class of Fellows! If you know an individual who is looking for a unique opportunity to work with and support local nonprofits while building their careers, network and leadership skills, please connect us!



We are looking for candidates from the City of Detroit, surrounding areas, the state of Michigan and beyond, who represent a diverse range of race/ethnicity, gender identity, orientation, thought, experience, educational backgrounds, perspective and ability. The most successful candidates are passionate about community, dedicated, proactive, hard-working, innovative, adaptable and have a growth mindset.

While we are looking for candidates with backgrounds in business, communications, marketing, public affairs/public relations, public policy, HR, finance/accounting/math, graphic design/design, architecture/construction, urban planning, IT/coding/software engineering, social work, education, entrepreneurship, youth development, nonprofit management, public administration, and mechanical engineering, we welcome motivated candidates with expertise and experience in other fields.

There are three (3) applicant types that candidates fall into*:

  • Standard Applicant: individuals who are looking for a job, and will have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution by the time the program begins
  • Internal Applicant: individuals who already have a job, and will have at least a Bachelor’s degree and the approval to participate from their employer in the Metro Detroit area**
  • Community Leader Fellow Applicant: individuals who already have a job in the community space and will have a high school diploma/GED and relevant work experience by the time the program begins, and approval to participate from their employer in the Metro Detroit area**

*Regardless of a candidates applicant type, once candidates are selected to be a Fellow, they become a part of the same cohort and have access to the same resources.

**Internal Candidates must have approval from their employer to participate. Click here to learn about the commitment required for host companies.

All applicants must:

  • be able to read and communicate in written and spoken English fluently—all materials are in English and programs are conducted in English (candidates with proficiency in more than one language are welcome).
  • be in the Metro-Detroit area and able to commute to the City of Detroit regularly oncethey become a Fellow.
  • be U.S. citizens OR are authorized to work in the United States for the duration of the program (Sept 2022 to Aug 2023).**
  • meet our full list of requirements which can be viewed by clicking here.

**Challenge Detroit is unable to assist with employment authorization, visa sponsorship or relocation.


Monday-Thursday: Fellows gain valuable career skills through employment at one of our host companies—from large corporations to small businesses, nonprofits and public-serving organizations, and everything in between. To see a list of host companies we are currently partnering with click here. To see past host companies click here.

Every Friday: Fellows engage in the program by working together and collaborating with local nonprofits—our Challenge Project partners—on innovative challenges designed to move their missions forward. Fellows also engage in leadership development sessions designed to develop each Fellow’s skills.

As a Challenge Detroit Fellow, you will:

  • develop valuable leadership, project management and team-building skills through a multi-faceted leadership development program;
  • gain knowledge and experience in various areas of impact in an accelerated time frame;
  • grow your career at your host company and learn about different sectors and industries;
  • learn and leverage the art of design thinking and community development best practices;
  • collaborate with multiple Detroit-based nonprofits on strategic, intellectually-based, community-focused projects to support them in moving their missions forward;
  • acquire a better understanding of the city by learning about the history of Detroit, how it has impacted the region, and about various neighborhoods in the city;
  • cultivate meaningful relationships with your cohort and the broader Challenge Detroit community;
  • connect with mentors and gain access to local leaders who have an interest in your success;
  • join the network of over 300 alumni Fellows who continue to engage and support the program as well as contribute in their communities; and
  • receive a $43,000 annual salary** plus benefits typical of your host company.

**If you already have a job, your employer will determine your salary.

The Commitment:

  • Commit to one full year to the program (September to the end of August in the following year);
  • Be open to learning and approaching the year with a beginners mindset;
  • Demonstrate integrity, empathy, humility, responsibility and accountability;
  • Become an integral part of the Challenge Detroit community, as an active participant in initiatives, mentorship and programming;
  • Be willing to document experiences in a variety of formats including social media, video and blogs;
  • Work closely with multi-disciplinary teams of Fellows and collaborate with partners on various challenge projects; and
  • Represent your host company and Challenge Detroit while working in the community.


Diversity, equity 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 create and support a culture where people can be themselves and feel included while including others. We value a diverse representation of individuals from near and far, across races and ethnicities, gender experience and orientation, skills, experience and abilities. Diversity of thought and perspective are essential to our work.