2020 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 2020, WDI will continue to offer two opportunities:

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

Unless specifically noted, all internships are for 12 consecutive weeks.


University of Michigan students enrolled full-time in a Master’s degree program and returning in Fall following the internship period for the full academic year. Students graduating in May just preceding the summer internship and part-time students are not eligible.

Ideal candidates must demonstrate:

  • Commitment to the William Davidson Institute mission and focus
  • 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
  • Superior communication skills (verbal and written) and cross-cultural sensitivity
  • Strong initiative and can-do attitude
  • Critical thinking and creative problem solving

Individual projects will have additional specific requirements and qualifications.

Student-Initiated Internships

The application process for Student-Initiated internships involves two stages. The first stage can be started any time in the Fall, the earlier the better.

First stage:

  1. Review the WDI Sectors & Services to determine your project’s relevancy with our sectors.
  2. Send your resume and a brief 2-page description of the project and host organization you have in mind to . We will review your summary and inform you with an initial recommendation within 3 weeks.
  3. Once you are approved to proceed, 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 considering applying for WDI funding, follow step 1 and 2.

Second stage: submission of the full proposal.

The application process, timeline and other details will be posted in November.

WDI-Initiated Internships

The application process for WDI-Initiated internships typically commences in January.  Application details will be posted in December.

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

Email  if you need more information or have any questions.

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