Challenge Detroit is a national initiative focused on revitalizing Detroit by retaining and attracting top talent to share their intellectual capital with the City. Challenge Detroit provides this talent the opportunity to live, work, play, give, and lead in Detroit. If you want to be involved in one of the most exciting social movements in the history of our great city, apply now.


  • 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.
  • 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.


Already have a great job (or already accepted a job to start after graduation)? You can still apply to Challenge Detroit! Apply as usual and, after submitting your application, please send Challenge Detroit an email at confirming that your employer supports your application to Challenge Detroit and wishes to participate in the program (include appropriate contact information). Our staff will contact the company to finalize engagement as a host. During Phase Four, you WILL NOT be required to interview with other host companies, but WILL be required to attend the May 7-8 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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  • 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 essay questions 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 a trip scheduled for early May 2015.
  • 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.


Still want to know more?

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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 August 2015.

Become a Fellow APPLY NOW! March 8TH Deadline!



  • FEBRUARY ‘14
    • FEBRUARY 1
      Applications open

  • MARCH ‘14
    • March 9
      Phase One applications close

    • March 23
      Phase Two applications close

  • APRIL ‘14
    • April 13
      Semi-finalists announced

    • April 7-13
      Phase Three community vote

    • April 29
      Finalists announced

  • MAY ‘14
    • May 8-9
      Phase Four interviews

    • Late May
      Fellows selected

  • JUNE ‘14
    • Early June
      Public announcement

    • September 2-5
      Program orientation

    • September 8
      Employment begins



  • JANUARY ‘15
    • JANUARY 31
      Applications open

  • MARCH ‘15
    • March 8
      Phase One applications close

    • March 22
      Phase Two applications close

  • APRIL ‘15
    • April 6
      Semi-finalists announced

    • April 6-12
      Phase Three community vote

    • April 20
      Finalists announced

  • MAY ‘15
    • May 7-8
      Phase Four interviews

    • Late May
      Fellows selected

  • JUNE ‘15
    • Mid June
      Public announcement

    • September 1-4
      Program orientation

    • September 7
      Employment begins