GLOBAL IMPACT SUMMER INTERNSHIPS
One of the core missions of WDI is to provide support for 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 global organizations.
WDI summer internships:
- Are located in emerging market countries
- Involve full-time work on projects that are most needed by the host organization
- Well-defined substantive projects with large, medium, or small organizations
WDI offers two types of Internships:
- Student-Initiated Global Impact Internships are with organizations doing innovative work in emerging market economies identified by the applicants, 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 are encouraged. Student-Initiated internships allow students to work on internship projects based on their personal interests and expertise within the WDI context. WDI will review funding proposals to cover living expenses and international airfare. Host organizations are strongly encouraged to contribute either in-kind (local housing, daily transportation, etc) or financially to ensure successful outcomes.
- 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 core research initiatives.
WDI will post these internship opportunities mid January, with a complete description of projects by the third week of January. WDI awards fellowships of up to $10,000 and up to $1500 airfare reimbursement for direct travel to/from the internship location.
WDI research initiatives
WDI gives precedence 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.
- The Business(-side) of Healthcare in Emerging Markets. Learn more about the Healthcare Initiative here.
GENERAL Intern QualificationsApplicants must be a full-time enrolled student in a Master’s level degree program at the University of Michigan and returning in the Fall following their internship to complete their program of study full-time. Ideal candidates must also show:
- 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 may not be required.
Individual projects will have specific additional requirements and qualifications.
The above images are attributed to the following WDI Fellows: Adam Byrnes, Ben Chen and Javier Rivera (Erb '14), Arianne Tjio, Jen Hsieh and Patrick Huang (MBA '13), Maharshi Vaishnav (MPP '13), J. Labiano (MBA'12), Sara Blumenthal (MPP/MPH '12), Emily Friedberg (MBA '09), Sean Killian (MBA/MS '11), Eva Luo (MD '13), Lauren Miller (MBA '11), Tim Polkowski (MBA/MPP '10), Richard Thompson (JD/MBA '12), and Greg Thorne (MBA/MPP '12).