WDI-Initiated Internships


WDI and its partners work together to define and develop unique and impactful projects for student internships. Students may work with for-profit partners, non-profit non-governmental organizations (NGOs), or entrepreneurial ventures.  Internship projects are related to one of WDI’s sectors and services: Education, Energy, Finance, Healthcare, or Performance Measurement & Improvement.

Past internship projects included expansion strategies, new business development, organizational assessment and development, impact assessment, market research, microfinance, pricing, and developing a social media marketing strategy.

WDI Interns working on a WDI-Initiated internship project receive a $10,000 fellowship and up to $1500 airfare reimbursement for round-trip direct international flights between Detroit and the internship base city.   On a case by case basis, WDI partner organizations may provide free in-country housing or other resources in addition to WDI’s fellowship and airfare.

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


University of Michigan graduate students currently enrolled full-time in Master’s level programs and returning in Fall 2020 to complete their degree program for the 2020-21 academic year.  Students graduating in May 2020 and part-time students are not eligible.


  • Resume and statement of interest(1-2 pages) are due Monday, February 17.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in the following weeks.
  • Offers are expected to be made around mid-March.

For inquiries,  email  .

Available Internships

Internship Opportunity: Medical Access Uganda Limited

Medical Access Uganda Limited (MAUL) has made significant investment in technologies to improve supply chain process efficiencies however their impact and future relevancy is yet to be assessed.

While the international forum is driving more investment towards the use of technologies in supply chain, MAUL would like to understand if there’s any value that current investments are bringing in order to guide any future technological interventions.

Location: Uganda


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Internship Opportunity: Global Health Design Initiative

A team of University of Michigan Global Health Design Initiative (GHDI) students developed multiple versions of a shoulder brace to prevent shoulder sulbuxation, a condition characterized by partial dislocation of the shoulder that affects up to 80% of post-stroke patients, in collaboration with healthcare providers from the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana. While we have developed multiple potentially viable concepts that appear to meet the functional requirements to address this need, there is a need to assess the commercial potential of the concepts before investing additional time and resources in the project.

GHDI (sponsor) has completed multiple design iterations of the brace concepts and believe that we have developed a viable solution that could potentially be manufactured and distributed in Ghana and other markets if commercial potential is confirmed. The sponsor would also like to assess market potential because due to a collaborator in Ghana that is interested in leading a small scale clinical study to evaluate the prototypes. The sponsor believes that if a market analysis confirms a viable business case for the technology, a viable market entry plan is developed, and the concepts are validated through small-scale clinical testing, a Ghanaian entrepreneur might be incentivized to commercialize the technology.

Location: Ghana


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Internship Opportunity: Michigan Academy For The Development Of Entrepreneurs & Poornatha

The intern will be required to develop a 5-year strategic plan( based on an independent study already carried out by a Ross MBA), that will assess the local climate in which an EDO operates and how an EDO can monetize its existing products developed by Poornatha Partnerning Entrepreneurs LLP (POORNATHA) and Michigan Academy for the Development of Entrepreneurs (MADE). This study must include anticipating market needs and product offerings, best pricing strategies for the target market, competitive landscape and industry trends and overarching strategy for profitability.

Poornatha will facilitate understanding the local market through arranging meetings with stakeholders such as local businesses etc. in Tamil Nadu if required in assessing the local landscape and climate.

Location: India


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