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D-SIP Alum Spotlight: Cortez L. Hill, Jr.

D-SIP ’21, BBA ’24, BTA ’24

1. What is your fondest memory of your time in D-SIP?

My fondest memory was seeing everyone’s faces at the showcase at the end of the internship. We all had the opportunity to share with our cohort, friends, family, and development staff all of the hard work that we put into our projects throughout the 12 weeks of our internship. There was so much love and appreciation from everyone, as we were now continuing our lives with new relationships, experiences, and growth.

2. How have you incorporated what you learned from D-SIP into your life and career?

From this internship, I have incorporated my new understanding of “giving” into my life. I have learned to analyze the ways in which I give to other people, whether that is “small” or large giving. I have a more comprehensive view of how organizations raise money, and I am able to apply that to the work that I do with raising money for projects and dedicating resources for development staff and operations.

3. If you could give any piece of advice to the next cohort of D-SIP interns, what would it be?

If I could give one piece of advice to the next cohort of D-SIP interns, it would be to truly utilize and strengthen the relationships that you will be making throughout the internships. Throughout those 12 weeks, it [was] so great to have a cohort to laugh with and relate to, and we are still friends to this day. I am also so appreciative of the relationships that I have fostered with the development community at Michigan.

2. How have you incorporated what you learned from D-SIP into your life and career?

From this internship, I have incorporated my new understanding of “giving” into my life. I have learned to analyze the ways in which I give to other people, whether that is “small” or large giving. I have a more comprehensive view of how organizations raise money, and I am able to apply that to the work that I do with raising money for projects and dedicating resources for development staff and operations.

3. If you could give any piece of advice to the next cohort of D-SIP interns, what would it be?

If I could give one piece of advice to the next cohort of D-SIP interns, it would be to truly utilize and strengthen the relationships that you will be making throughout the internships. Throughout those 12 weeks, it [was] so great to have a cohort to laugh with and relate to, and we are still friends to this day. I am also so appreciative of the relationships that I have fostered with the development community at Michigan.