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 the six WDI initiatives: Healthcare, Energy, Scaling Impact, Education, Performance Measurement, and Financial Sector development.

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 as well.

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 2019 to complete their degree program for the 2019-20 academic year.  Students graduating in May 2019 and part-time students are not eligible.


For inquiries,  please email  WDI-Internships@umich.edu.

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