2018 Program


The William Davidson Institute (WDI) Global Impact Internship Program supports partnerships between University of Michigan Master’s level graduate students and businesses/organizations in emerging market economies.  It offers opportunities for high-level, impactful, paid summer internships in emerging market countries.

For the summer of 2018, WDI will continue to offer two opportunities:

  1. Student-Initiated Internships
  2. WDI-Initiated Internships

Unless specifically noted, all internships will be 12 consecutive weeks.



University of Michigan students enrolled full-time in a Master’s degree program and returning in Fall 2018 for the full 2018-19 academic year.   Students graduating in May 2018 and part-time students are not eligible.



The application process for Student-Initiated internships involves two stages.   The first stage can be started any time.

First stage:

  1. Review the WDI Initiatives research activities to determine your project’s relevancy with our initiatives.
  2. Send your resume and a brief 1-page description of the project and host organization you have in mind to WDI-Internships@umich.edu.   We will review your summary and inform you with an initial recommendation within 2 weeks.
  3. Once you have a tentative green light, reach out to the organization as soon as possible as communications with organizations outside the US may take longer.

If you have started your internship search process on your own and received an unpaid internship offer, and you are now considering applying for WDI funding, we recommend you to follow step 1 and 2.

Second stage:    see details here.



The application process for WDI-Initiated internships commences mid January.

Project descriptions are typically posted before the end of January and applications are typically due in mid-February.


Email WDI-Internships@umich.edu or stop by our office in Wyly Hall if you need more information or have any questions.

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