Internships

Summer Fund Timeline

  • Jan. – First App open
  • Mid-Feb – First App deadline
  • Mid-April – 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 BBAs in the Ross School of Business as well as MPP students in the Ford School of Public Policy.  Additionally, the newly established Gordon Impact Entrepreneurship Fund provides support for BBA or MBA student internships with ventures or funders seeking to create societal impact. 

If you are a student completing a social impact internship in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors, then you are eligible to apply for funding 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 mid-Feb  or mid-April . Notification to applicants will be emailed approximately 1-2 weeks after each deadline.

Media

The Business+Impact internship program and funding was fundamental to help me create a new reality. I'm very grateful for this program and everything that I learned because it has shaped my career goal and most important of all who I am."

—Dimitri Alejo Giraldo, MBA ’22
shown here with B+I internship sponsor, Jason Gordon

 
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.
  • 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.

General Motors Support

Starting in 2020, General Motors has been a supporter of the Business+Impact Summer Internship Fund, which enables students to pursue impactful internships across sectors and geographies.

275

INTERNS SUPPORTED SINCE 2010

200+

MISSION-DRIVEN orgs Since 2010

$46K

Funding Awarded in 2019

55

INTERNS SUPPORTED IN 2021

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.

Give-A-Day Fund receives a Circle of Excellence award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education

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