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.


  • – Detailed project descriptions will be posted by January 30.
  • – Applications are due Friday, February 14.
  • – Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in the following weeks.
  • – Offers are expected to be made around mid-March.

For inquiries,  email  .

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