Internships

Summer Fund Timeline

  • Early Jan. – Application available online
  • Feb 14 – First App deadline
  • April 17  – Final App deadline
  • May – Project planning
  • May – Aug. – Students complete internships and submit deliverables

Internships

BUSINESS+IMPACT SUMMER FUND PROGRAM

Each 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.

If you are a student completing a social impact internship in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors, then you are eligible to apply as long as the organization has a clearly defined social mission. This opportunity enables you to receive a stipend for summer internships in addition to project management, research, and industry coaching from B+I.

  • 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.
  • There are two deadlines; funds will be available for each round, but students are encouraged to apply early!
  • Applications must be submitted by either Feb 14 or April 17. Notification to applicants will be emailed approximately 1-2 weeks after each deadline.

Read about some cool impact internships from Summer 2019.

Living in the Bay Area with an unpaid internship is challenging, but the support I received from the Summer Fund made it easier to focus on my work rather than finances."

— Colleen Hill, MBA/MS ’18
    who interned at Room to Read

 
Eligibility
  • Only internships served prior to graduation from U-M are eligible. (You must graduate no earlier than the December following your summer internship.)
  • Internships must be at least 10 weeks in length and total funding for graduate students (including B+I’s contribution) must not exceed $14,000. Total funding for BBA students (including B+I’s contribution) must not exceed  $7,000.
  • Eligible organizations can be a nonprofit, government, or clearly-defined social enterprise.
  • You are awarded up to an average of $2,000 for internships in the U.S. and abroad.
  • If you are not completing a traditional internship — opting instead to create your own summer experience delivering social impact — you can still apply to the Summer Fund. Contact B+I staff to determine if you are eligible.

Please note that we do not support courses, field placements, part-time activities, or projects that are undertaken for course credit. If you are uncertain if your internship or other summer project is eligible for the Summer Fund, contact B+I at businessimpact@umich.edu.

250

INTERNS SUPPORTED SINCE 2010

195

MISSION-DRIVEN orgs Since 2010

$46,000

Funding Awarded in 2019

Internships

SUPPORTED WORLDWIDE

Give-A-Day Fund for Summer Internships

The majority of MBA funds for summer internships are donations made by members of the prior MBA class through the student-led Give-A-Day Fund. Members of the MBA class donate a day of their regular salary in order to support those who have pursued social impact internships. A student board manages the fund and runs the fundraising process.

Read a blog post about Ava Damri (MBA ’18), who received Give-A-Day support to work for Goodwill Central Texas in 2017