For the summer of 2014, WDI offered two types of internships:
1. Student-Initiated Internships
Student-Initiated Internships allow students to develop and mold their own internships based on their educational and career interests. Students identify and contact the organization and together with one of the organization's senior managers co-define the 12-week project. Proposals relevant to WDI mission and research initiatives are preferred. Click here to review our research initiatives.
If you are interested to develop a Student-Initiated internship, we recommend you to start researching and reaching out to organizations as early as possible, i.e. by mid-October for the following summer. It may take at least two months for you to research, introduce the idea and finalize discussions with organizations outside the US.
Student safety is of primary importance. WDI follows the Ross School of Business' policy re. student international travel. WDI does NOT support internship projects in countries that are on the US Dept. of State Travel Warning List: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html. As you review your internship options, please check and revisit this link periodically as world events develop. Also consider the long-term stability of your country of interest in general as we will not be able to give a final approval for departure if the country's status changed between January and your departure date.
If you are an international student, a Student-Initiated internship in your home country is not encouraged. Our mission is to provide challenging new international experiences, therefore working in your home country generally will not be considered an "international" experience. We may make an exception on a case-by-case basis. If you feel you have a compelling project proposal, please send an email to WDI-Internships@umich.edu as early as possible.
2. WDI-Partnership Internship Projects.
Internship projects are co-defined and scoped by WDI and its partners. Projects may be with large, medium, or small companies, with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or start-ups. Projects in the past included expansion strategies, new business development, impact assessment, market research, micro finance, pricing, development of a CSR policy, social media marketing, etc.
We are currently in the process of developing projects for 2015. Project descriptions are typically posted mid-January preceding the summer internship. Click here to see partners and locations offered this year.
Visit the 2014 Fellows' blog to learn about their internship experiences. Due to the confidential nature of their work and non-disclosure agreements, project information may be limited.