One of WDI goals is to provide opportunities and support for student international projects both at the Ross School of Business and the university as a whole.  To that end, WDI provides high quality action learning opportunities for University of Michigan graduate students to work with international organizations, while at the same time providing meaningful business assistance and support to those organizations. 

WDI summer internships are located in emerging market countries and involve full-time work on projects that are most needed by the host organization.  Projects are well-defined substantive business-related projects with large, medium, or small organizations - both for-profits and non-profits.

WDI offers two types of Internships:

  • Student-Initiated Global Impact Internships  are with organizations doing innovative work in emerging market economies identified by the applicant, such as development-oriented NGOs or social enterprises.  The student is responsible for contacting the organization, co-defining the project, and obtaining a written commitment from the sponsor before submitting a proposal to WDI.  Proposals focusing on the Base of the Pyramid  or  Healthcare in Emerging Markets or education are encouraged.  Student-Initiated internships allow students to work on internship projects based on their personal interests and expertise within the WDI context.  
  • WDI-Partnership Global Impact Internships  are with organizations identified by WDI. These internships typically fall under WDI's Base of the Pyramid or Healthcare in Emerging Markets or Education initiatives.

    After partners are identified, WDI will post these internship opportunities mid-January, with a complete description of projects by the third week of January.  Applications are typically due in early February.  

We give priority to internship projects aligned to the following institute initiatives: 

  • Market-based approaches to poverty alleviation at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP).  Learn more about the BoP  here.
  • Healthcare in Emerging Markets.  Learn more  about the Healthcare Initiative  here.
  • Education.  

GENERAL Intern Qualifications

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a Master’s level degree program at the University of Michigan and returning in the Fall following their summer internship to complete their program of study full-time.  Ideal candidates must also demonstrate:
  • Commitment to the William Davidson Institute mission
  • Excellent academic and professional record
  • Ability and willingness to be flexible in dealing with ambiguity and open to new experiences
  • Appreciation for regional business practices and cultural nuances
  • Ability to work with all levels of management and staff operating in a different cultural and business environment
  • Ability to build relationships and team oriented
  • Strong initiative and can-do attitude
  • Critical thinking and creative problem solving  
  • Previous international development or business experience and knowledge of a foreign language are desirable, but not necessarily required.

Individual projects will have additional specific requirements and qualifications.

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