Co-Curriculars

Co-Curriculars

The key to successful, impactful work is partnerships. This is true when implementing a final project, and it is true when hatching a new idea. Students working in multidisciplinary teams generate better ideas, and their work has more impact. Co-curricular social impact activities abound at Michigan Ross and U-M at large, where students to engage in competitions, challenges, and incubators. Below is a listing of the types of programs offered and their time requirements. All programs are open to Ross MBAs, but some are open to other students as well.  Also, take a look at our community impact opportunities.


Fall Semester

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Innovation in Actionhttps://innovationinaction.umich.edu/JanAprilYesThe Innovation in Action: Solutions to Real World Challenges competition has two primary goals: 1) To empower students to innovate solutions that address public health and education problems, and 2) To create a safe environment to take risks and move beyond the classroom. This five-month competition will enable teams to move their idea from concept to reality.
WDI Case Writing Competitionhttps://wdi-publishing.com/wdi-25th-anniversary-case-writing-competition/SepMarYes3/24/2021This year’s competition celebrates 25 years of the William Davidson Institute’s focus on identifying, adapting and deploying best practices from the private sector to give emerging countries the blueprints for success in a market economy. William Davidson, a proud University of Michigan alumnus, business leader and philanthropic trailblazer, founded the Institute in 1992 with the following vision.
LDRxhttps://michiganross.umich.edu/sanger/LDRxSepFebYes9/12/2021Meeting once per week with a small group of 4-6 peers, and utilizing a flexible, discussion-based curriculum, you will advance your leadership development and your group's by increasing self-knowledge, experimenting with new ways of leading, reflecting on results, and synthesizing learning. LDRx is co-created with students who are inspired to build community and habits of lifelong leadership development.
+LAB Fellowhttp://positiveorgs.bus.umich.edu/learning-programs/lab/SepFebYes9/10/2021The +LAB brings together undergraduate and graduate students from across the university in a dynamic extracurricular learning environment designed to: 1) Immerse students in the theory and practice of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) and 2) Equip students to apply what they have learned to be organizational change agents.
Board Fellowshiphttps://socialimpact.umich.edu/our-programs/nonprofit-board-fellowships/OctAprYes9/10/2021The Board Fellowship Program prepares graduate students for mission-driven leadership. Students develop project management and executive skills as board members of nonprofit organizations in Southeast Michigan. This multidisciplinary program provides graduate students in our partner schools with real-world insight into the workings and procedures of a nonprofit board, and enables students to contribute to the organization’s success while building the tools to deliver social impact.
Michigan Business Challengehttp://zli.umich.edu/michigan-business-challengeOctFebYesNovThe Michigan Business Challenge (MBC) is a campus-wide, multi-round business plan competition where student teams have the opportunity to win cash prizes totaling over $85,000, gain feedback from leaders in the business community, and expand their business network.
optiMizehttps://www.optimizemi.org/sicOctFebYesOct 1, 2021Whether you're passionate about mental health, inclusive education, sustainable energy, or something else entirely, our programs are for you. We provide workshops and events, access to mentors, and up to $20,000 in funding for your team. Most importantly, whether you're a beginner or an experienced innovator, you'll find a supportive community of like-minded students and mentors who want to help you succeed.
Ross Open Roadhttps://socialimpact.umich.edu/our-programs/ross-open-road/AugYesFebAt Ross, we believe in the power of bringing MBA skills to social entrepreneurs around the country. Since 2014, Ross has sent MBAs to participate in Ross Open Road, a program that pairs MBA students with visionary entrepreneurs. Students initiate teams, plan journeys and help social entrepreneurs implement impact at scale. Students have the opportunity to experience social entrepreneurship in practice while traveling to different communities across America.
Public Allies Metro Detroithttp://publicallies.org/ally-application/SepJulYesRollingDeadlines for applications are usually in June. AmeriCorps Allies gain valuable leadership skills and professional experience, set personal and professional goals, receive training and coaching, and plan for their future to help achieve their potential. If you are selected, you are placed with a local nonprofit organization and participate in a full-time, paid apprenticeship for 10 months (in some cases appilications are available for a second consecutive year).
Sanger Story Labhttps://sanger.umich.edu/portfolio/story-lab/OctNovYesOctStory Lab develops executive-level presence and communication skills through storytelling workshops and events. To be an effective leader — at work, in the community, or in your personal life — you must be able to communicate with impact. Often this means telling stories that are meaningful to you and others, and doing so in the rich language and expressive style of a seasoned storyteller.
CEO Summer Program Serieshttps://ceo.umich.edu/sps/JanNoCEO provides U-M undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in training that promotes the development of leadership skills and facilitates authentic outreach to students, schools, and communities throughout Michigan. The Summer Programs Series (SPS) brings together faculty and staff from around campus to share ideas, information, resources, and best practices to create meaningful academic enrichment programs. The main SPS event is the annual Summer Programs Summit, which is held in January to highlight the latest trends and timely topics in pre-college and summer program programming.
Learning in Community (LinC) Serieshttps://ginsberg.umich.edu/article/learning-community-workshop-training-seriesNoThe LinC series is an educational workshop and training series focused on supporting students who are interested in community engagement, social justice, democratic engagement, advocacy, activism and philanthropy. Sessions address one or more of the following areas: Alternative Breaks, Democratic Engagement, Leadership Development, and Reciprocal Community Partnerships
Literacy Initiativeshttps://ginsberg.umich.edu/article/literacy-initiativesPaid opportunities to tutor students in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Ypsilanti through the America Reads work-study program.
The Ginsberg Center's Cultivating Community Gardenhttps://ginsberg.umich.edu/ginsberg-gardenThe UM Sustainable Food Program maintains the Ginsberg Center garden in collaboration with the Campus Farm. Students interested in getting involved should e-mail Cultivating Community.
Connect to Community: Volunteer Opportunities, University of Michigan Ginsberg Centerhttps://connect2community.umich.edu/need/Connect to Community is an online portal created and managed by the Ginsberg Center to connect University of Michigan students with communities around the world through volunteer experiences as well as internships, fellowships, and employment
TechArb Student Venture Acceleratorhttp://cfe.umich.edu/techarb/TechArb is an accelerator for University of Michigan student entrepreneurs. Teams involved in the program should be highly motivated to build and launch their venture.
Munger Case Competitionhttps://sites.google.com/umich.edu/munger-case-competition/homeSeptOctYes9/18/21This semester, Munger Graduate Residences has partnered with Michigan's Medical School and Michigan Public Health to ask teams of students to address issues of health equity in the state of Michigan.
Michigan in Washingtonhttps://lsa.umich.edu/michinwash/applicants.htmlOngoingOngoingYesFeb/SeptThe MIW program offers an opportunity each year for 45-50 undergraduates from any major to spend a semester (Fall or Winter) in Washington D.C. Students combine coursework with an internship that reflects their particular area of interest (such as American politics, international studies, history, the arts, public health, economics, the media, the environment, science and technology).
Semester in Detroit Fallhttps://lsa.umich.edu/AugDecYesDecember 1, 2021/January 9, 2022
February 4, 2022/March 13, 2022
The Semester in Detroit program accepts undergraduate students from all schools and departments at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Completion of the fall program plus one additional required course will meet the requirements for a minor in Urban Studies through the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the UM-Ann Arbor campus. Spring students are required to take 2 additional courses to complete the Urban Studies minor. The most successful program participants typically have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Applicants should have a strong interest in the city of Detroit and in community-service learning.
 

 

Winter/Summer Semesters

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Detroit Community Based Research Programhttps://lsa.umich.edu/urop/Prospective-Students/summer-programs/detroit-community-engaged-research-program.htmlJunAugYes1/17/2022Contact Urop.dcbrp@umich.edu for more information. The Detroit Community Based Research Program (DCBRP) is a social justice focused summer fellowship program run through the University of Michigan Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program that places students with community based organizations in full-time research positions. Students work with community organizations on projects addressing social and environmental justice, food insecurity, human rights, public health, youth development, and more! more! Program dates: June 4, 2022 – August 5, 2022. Application deadline: January 17, 2022 (5pm)
Summer Fund Internshipshttps://businessimpact.umich.edu/our-programs/internships/MayAugYesMid-AprilEach summer, Business + Impact awards competitive grants for summer internships to MBAs and BBA juniors in the Ross School of Business as well as MPP students in the Ford School of Public Policy. Students completing internships in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors are eligible to apply as long as the organization has a clearly defined social mission. The application for summer internship support will go live in early January. Students will need to complete the application and attach their resume and offer letter.
Citizen Interaction Designhttps://www.si.umich.edu/programs/engaged-learning/civic-engagementMayJuneYesCitizen Interaction Design (CID) partners rising information professionals with Michigan communities to create information tools for twenty-first century citizens. The CID Summer Fellowship is a nine-week experience supported by mentors from the information/tech industry, experts in civic tech and a cohort of other fellows working in Michigan communities. CID summer fellows gain valuable experience working with public sector leaders to address pressing community issues.

Wallenberg Fellowshiphttps://lsa.umich.edu/onsf/fellowships/university-of-michigan/wallenberg-fellowship.htmlDecJanYesDecInspired by the spirit of U-M alumnus, Raoul Wallenberg, the Wallenberg Fellowship is awarded each year to a graduating senior of exceptional promise and accomplishment who is committed to service and the public good. The fellowship provides $25,000 to carry out an independent project of learning or exploration anywhere in the world during the year after graduation.
Public Allies Metro Detroithttps://umdearborn.edu/business-community/office-metropolitan-impact/public-alliesSepJulYesMayPublic Allies Metro Detroit is a program of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Our program is made possible through funding of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Our mission is to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it. Public Allies is changing the face and practice of leadership in communities across the country by demonstrating our conviction that everyone can lead, and that lasting social change results when citizens of all backgrounds step up, take responsibility, and work together.
Connect to Community: Volunteer Opportunities, University of Michigan Ginsberg Centerhttps://connect2community.umich.edu/YearroundYearroundYesRolling basisConnect to Community is an online portal created and managed by the Ginsberg Center to connect University of Michigan students with communities around the world through volunteer experiences as well as internships, fellowships, and employment.
Dow Sustainability Fellowshttp://sustainability.umich.edu/dow/mastersJanuaryDecemberYes11/11Each year, fellows are selected from a pool of candidates nominated by schools and colleges throughout U-M. Each cohort begins in January and concludes in December of the same year. Applications are due on November 4 (4pm)
Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainabilityhttp://graham.umich.edu/dow/distinguished-awardsJanuaryDecemberYes10/18To foster high-impact sustainability collaborations across the University of Michigan, the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program includes a competition for applied sustainability projects that cut across disciplines and academic levels, and involve U-M students at all academic levels.
Michigan in Washingtonhttps://lsa.umich.edu/michinwash/applicants.htmlOngoingOngoingYes9/20/2021 for Winter 2021, 10/1/2021 for Winter 2022, 2/18/2022 for Fall 2022The MIW program offers an opportunity each year for 45-50 undergraduates from any major to spend a semester (Fall or Winter) in Washington D.C. Students combine coursework with an internship that reflects their particular area of interest (such as American politics, international studies, history, the arts, public health, economics, the media, the environment, science and technology).
Innovations in Energy Access for Low-Income Countrieshttps://wdi.umich.edu/innovations-in-energy-access-for-low-income-countries-case-competition/FebFebYesFebAre you interested in addressing energy access for low-income countries? Do you want to develop sustainable business solutions for developing markets? If so, we invite you to register for our 24-Hour Case Competition! We are looking for innovative ideas to help tackle the needs of energy access in low-income countries across the globe. Register today to compete!
Tauber Community Service Dayhttps://tauber.umich.edu/news-events/events/community-service-day-2021-virtualFebFebYesFeb 7, 2020Leave your classroom or workplace to explore the community in operations. Get away from the familiar to recharge your batteries, have unexpected adventures, meet new people, and come back ready to see your work with fresh eyes.
Semester in Detroit Spring/Summerhttps://mcompass.umich.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgramAngular&id=10923MayJulYesJan 9, 2022The Semester in Detroit program accepts undergraduate students from all schools and departments at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Completion of the fall program plus one additional required course will meet the requirements for a minor in Urban Studies through the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the UM-Ann Arbor campus. Spring students are required to take 2 additional courses to complete the Urban Studies minor. The most successful program participants typically have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Applicants should have a strong interest in the city of Detroit and in community-service learning.