Magnify Immersion Program: Spring Semester 2019

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Applications are due January 18, 2019.

What is Magnify?

Earn 6 Ross credits, amplify your resume, + bring positive practices to the C-suite

A spring semester academic program for bringing Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) to U-M’s best and brightest students in order to learn, identify, and employ POS principles and practices that build high-performing organizations that bring out the best in people.

What is Positive Organizational Scholarship?

As a sub-field in the area of Management and Organizations, POS is emerging as a focus for organizations to empower people to create positive work environments, improving the culture of their workplace and helping them discover what is possible with employees and within their organizations.

The class + students

The Magnify program welcomes 50 U-M undergrads, commonly studying business or organizational studies with an interest in POS-related practices and research. The course is composed of three components: classroom work, action-learning, and an integrated reflection.

To explore the classroom work, please review the Magnify syllabus.

Viewbook: Learn more about the Magnify experience

Why apply?

  • Immersive learning: Students learn about the latest POS research, principles, and practices and apply them in a unique learning community with devoted and passionate instructors.
  • Bringing life to work: Student teams spend a week embedded at a partner organization hosted by high-level change agents using evidence-based tools and field research methods to interpret their positive capabilities such as resilience, gratitude, and compassion. Sample past partner organizations include DTE, Henry Ford Health Systems, Detroit Public Schools, and Cascade Engineering.
  • Bright future: In addition to building a network with business leaders and Ross alums, students discover their own positive identity and explore potential trajectories for career growth as change agents.
  • Earn 6 credits: This class meets daily throughout the spring term including one week off-site at a partner organization.

Application process

The application process has 2 parts:

  1. Online:
    Submit your online application. Applications are due January 18, 2019.

  2. In-person:
    After applications are reviewed by the Magnify Teaching Team, applicants are invited to register for an interview session.

Past organizational partners (from 2017)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply to Magnify?
Undergraduate students from any school or college at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor are welcome to apply to Magnify.

What are the dates of the program?
Students should expect the program to run from May 1-June 14. During the program, you will spend a week on-site at a partner organization. The daily schedule varies based on the activities planned, with classroom sessions in the window of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What are the costs associated with Magnify?
The costs associated with Magnify are the costs of enrolling in the two spring term Magnify courses: MO 455 and MO 456.

Did you hear about Magnify at the IPPA Fifth World Congress?

The Magnify Workshop

The Magnify Teaching Team presented at the Fifth World Congress in a workshop titled, Transformative Learning in the Service of Flourishing Human Enterprise: Using Positive Organizational Scholarship as a Foundation for Unique Action Learning Experiences on Saturday, July 15 2017, 13:30 – 14:30 (1:30 – 2:30 p.m.).

Resources from the workshop:

Please explore these resources from the workshop:


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