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MSU Michigan Scholars Program

Michigan State University is partnering with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation on a program to foster hiring in the electric vehicle and mobility industries. The goal of the program is to connect engineering students interested in EV and mobility careers with companies looking for talent.


  • Student accepted in the cohort program will be involved in Career Prep directed at the EV Industry PLUS special programming, coursework and tours.

  • Students will be assigned both a Career Coach and Faculty Advisor who will help with career prep, employer contact and academic advising as it pertains to the EV Industry. 

  • Students will have special engagement events where they will be connected with and recruited by companies in the EV Industry in hopes of employment  - Note: it will be the choice of the student to accept. 

  • There is NO extra cost or payment for the coursework and programming involved in this program. All is covered by program funding.

  • Successful Michigan Scholars will qualify for up to $10,000* in scholarship.  The addition of this scholarship may result in adjustments made to previously awarded financial aid. All scholarships are contingent on continued qualifying and funding.

Program Admin Contact: 

Garth Motschenbacher

Schedule an appointment


  • Qualifying students must be in Freshmen (2nd semester), Sophomore or Junior Status (@ least 2 semesters prior to graduation).

  • Student should be in good academic standing with a GPA of 2.5 or above

  • Preference given to students majoring in Computer Science, Computational Data Science, Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering 

  • Student is interested in both the EV Industry and working in the State of Michigan.

  • Special program eligibility for graduating seniors - see program administrator


  • ​Students must complete the Cohort Career Prep Program (or have it waived by Program Administrator)

  • Students must participate in approx. 2/3 of the select programming, seminars and special events planned to support their goal of careers in the EV Industry. 

  • Upon acceptance of co-op/intern position, student must enroll in EGR X (special EV Section), for each and every work experience prior to graduation. 

  • Students must complete minimum 10 week experience and receive a “P” = Passing grade for their Experience (EGR 391-EGR 494) 


Applications for the Spring 2024 cohort are closed. 


Students interested in participating in the program are required to attend an information session. Once a student attends the information session they will receive a link to apply. ​


Handshake Resume Portal

Check your email for an invite from Handshake!

Michigan Scholars Career Cafe

Mon, Feb. 19th | 11am-2pm 

Stop by to chat with American Battery Solutions, Ultium Cells & Shape Corp.

Engineering Expo 2024 - 2 Day Event! (at Munn Ice Arena)

Wednesday, Feb 21, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Companies with majority of operations in-state (Michigan)

Thursday, Feb 22, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Companies with majority of operations out-of-state

The purpose of this event is to provide a venue for students to explore paths where their major may lead them from introductory exploratory discussions to internship, co-op, and full-time opportunities!

Registrer in Handshake - Registration opens Jan. 8th

Engineered in the Mitten (Virtual)

Thursday, Mar 28, 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm via Handshake Virtual platform

This event will highlight opportunities across the state to the engineering students attending Universities throughout the state. Students will be seeking a range of summer and fall internship / co-op experiences, as well as full-time opportunities following graduation across the State of Michigan. NOTE: ONLY Companies located in the State of Michigan and/or that have opportunities for in-state employment will be allowed to register.

Registration in Handshake - Registration will open March 14th

Featured Scholars

What's it like being an EV Scholar? Click here to see EV Scholars in action! 


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