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!


Candidates 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 in September 2021 (Standard Applicant),
  • ALREADY HAVE A JOB, have at least a Bachelor’s degree and approval to participate from their employer (Internal Applicant),
  • ALREADY HAVE A JOB IN THE COMMUNITY SPACE and will have a high school diploma/GED and relevant work experience by September 2021 (Community Leader Fellow Applicant),
  • represent a diverse range of race, ethnicity, gender identity, orientation, thought, experience, perspective and ability, 
  • are from the City of Detroit, surrounding areas, the state of Michigan and beyond.
  • are passionate, dedicated, proactive, hard-working, innovative, adaptable and have a growth mindset,
  • able to read, write and speak in English (candidates who are able to communicate in more than one language are welcome), 
  • are U.S. citizens or are authorized to work in the United States for the duration of the program (Sept 2021 to Aug 2022).*

Learn more about our full requirements here

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


Should a candidate become a Fellow, host organizations support professional and leadership development for their Fellow, including but not limited to over 50 programmed days and experiences including:

  • high-touch experience, which includes individualized support of Fellow throughout the program year,
  • on-boarding & orientation,
  • access to alumni and executive mentors,
  • access to cultural and professional events,
  • in-depth learning/historical tours that provide context for where Detroit is today,
  • conversations with leaders from various sectors,
  • creative, meaningful virtual and/or hybrid programming,
  • challenge project execution and presentations, which contribute innovative thinking and intellectual capital to philanthropic efforts in the city and region,
  • facilitated team-building immersions and leadership development sessions, and
  • workshops on topics such as race and equity, design thinking, project management, public speaking and communications.

Program Structure:

  • Monday – Thursday: Fellows gain valuable career skills through employment at a top area company—large corporations like DTE, small businesses, nonprofits and everything in between.
  • Fridays: Fellows work together with local nonprofits on strategic challenges designed to positively contribute to our community and participate in leadership development programming.

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.