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MDP’s application has closed.

Check back in September for information on our 2022 projects!

Positions on projects may be available due to low application rates, or become available if a student declines the offer.

Please complete this entire form to indicate your interest.

If you are selected for a position you will be contacted with an offer letter via your umich.edu email. Please monitor your umich.edu email daily.

You will be given a choice to join that project team or remain on the waitlist.

The majority of waitlist positions are filled quickly every year by mid December.

Before You Apply

1. Browse available MDP projects (All)

2. Review the Application before starting online

  • Prepare your resume (click here to review resume tips from the ECRC)
  • Write your individual qualifications statement(s), one for each project you wish to apply to. Pro tip: Be sure to check out the Preferred/Specific Skills section of each project, and highlight how you fit (or are currently learning) these skills and the examples in this document.
  • Preview PDF Copy of the application located here for information.

3. Meet with your Academic Advisor

All MDP projects require you to enroll for academic credit for two semesters. Before you apply, please meet with your Departmental Academic Advisor to make sure MDP fits in your schedule.

  • For many students, MDP projects can count for a specific requirement in their major.
    Click here to see your department’s academic policy for MDP.
  • Faculty Research Teams require undergraduate and graduate students to enroll in a minimum of 4 credits total (2 credits/term) for at least 2 terms. Research students are encouraged to continue once on a team.
  • Sponsored Projects require Undergraduate Students to enroll in 7 credit hours split across two terms (3/4 or 4/3). Undergraduate students are expected to work 14-16 hours a week. Four or more of these hours per week should be team based work.
  • Sponsored Projects require Graduate Students to enroll in 4 credit hours split across two terms (2/2). Graduate students are expected to work 8 hours a week. Four or more of these hours per week should be team based work.


4. Applications received after the 10/23 deadline will be automatically added to our waitlist.

  • Students from the waitlist do receive offers each year, but numbers vary.
  • All applications will be contacted by mid-December regarding their application status.

5. Application Information

  • Preview PDF copy of the application located here for information.
  • It is much easier to use a computer (not a phone) to complete the application.
  • You will upload your resume one time. (File Size Max: 350MB)
  • You will choose and rank the projects you wish to apply for
  • For each team you choose to apply to, upload a brief, concise Individual Qualifications
    statement. Target length ½-⅔ page. See example here. (File Size Max: 350MB)
  • Applying to all roles on a team that you feel qualified for gives you a better chance of getting on the team.
  • You may apply for as many teams as you like!
    (Note: each student will only receive one offer to join one project team. No students are guaranteed an offer.)

Video Interview Information

  • Optional (but highly encouraged): Complete an online, one-way, video interview for each team you apply to. This is done on a separate platform called Spark Hire after you finish the MDP online application.
  • The video “interview” is recordings of you answering some provided questions and is very similar to your personal statement. It is an opportunity for you to show your personality and enthusiasm for the project to the sponsors/PI’s. It is also a great chance to connect your resume to your face if you talked to the recruiters at our project fairs.
  • The master list of video links is here.
  • Once you click through to a project interview, click the big blue button that says “Go to your interview.” At this point you will see the questions and will have a chance to record and re-record your videos as many times as you like until you are satisfied, until the application closes on October 18th.

After You Apply

6. Offer letters are expected starting early November, 2020.

Students will receive at most one offer among the teams you apply for. You will then have 7 days to accept or decline. If you decline an offer, you will not receive another one.