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2021 Impact Internships Cover the Region, the World

This year, Business+Impact is financially supporting the summer impact internship experiences of 55 University of Michigan students, more than ever before.

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.  MBA funding comes from the Give-A-Day Fund, a student-led MBA pay-it-forward fund, and from General Motors. 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.

Through the generosity of Applebaum Family Philanthropy, this summer Impact Design Fellows and Interns are able to collaborate in the +Impact Design Lab this summer to help impactful prototypes take shape in the world.

Finally, Business+Impact and Zell Lurie are supporting MBAs taking part in Open Road at Ross, funded by the Ford Motor Company.  This year teams are working with companies in Detroit virtually.

The Summer Fund

The Summer Fund is funded in part through the Give-A-Day Fund (for MBAs), and the Ford School of Public Policy (for MPPs).


Sehrish Hussain, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Michigan

Ivy Li, Daybreaker, New York, NY

Ayodele Ojo Urban Institute, Lima, OH

Duy-Anh Vo,  Summer in the City, Detroit, MI


Yvon Brousseau, Supply Change Capital, Los Angeles, CA

Kara Chill, FemTech Focus, Houston, TX

Brian Lui, Brian J. Lui Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

Bryan Ricketts, Department of the Treasury, Office of International Financial Markets, Washington, DC

Allison Winstel, mHUB, Chicago, IL


Clarisse Baudraz, Migration Policy Institute, Washington D.C.

Christian Ilarraza Colon, Arizona Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting, Phoenix, AZ

José Lemus, mHub, Chicago, IL

Gregory Pollard, LINK Unlimited Scholars, Chicago, IL

Elizabeth Powers, Michigan Department of State, Bureau of Elections, Lansing, MI

Jessica Williams, AmeriCorps – Refugee Voice Project, Albany, NY

General Motors Interns

Funding from General Motors allows us to support even more interns this year, focused on businesses in Detroit.

Molly Barstow, Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center (ISAIC), Detroit, MI

Elizabeth Wallace, City of Detroit Office of Sustainability, Detroit, MI

Marian Omidiji, The Girl-In Collective x Evaluation Matrix, Location TBD

Gordon Impact Entrepreneurship Interns

The newly established Gordon Impact Entrepreneurship Fund provides support for BBA or MBA student internships with ventures or funders seeking to create societal impact.

Sam Buck, (MBA) Rare, Arlington, VA

Dimitri Esteban Alejo Giraldo, (MBA) Creating Who You Are There, Location TBD

Nathan Lohrmann, (MBA) Future Fit Foods, Boulder, CO

Mackenzie Murphy, (MBA) June Motherhood, Cambridge, MA

Soumya Tejam, (BBA) University Impact, Provo, UT

Applebaum Impact Design Fellows & Interns

Applebaum Impact Design Fellows, Interns, and student social innovators in the Founders Program will be collaborating virtually, through B+I’s +Impact Design Lab at Michigan Ross.


Claire Babilonia, MBA

Onyekachi Ezirike, MBA

Lucy Jiang, MSI

Elizabeth Sofranek, MBA


Jess Halter, MBA/MS

Trevor Wallace, BBA


Nathan Alston, MBA

Daniella Gennaro, MBA

Cindy Gu, LSA

Edward Huang, MBA

Ayodele Ojo, BBA

Raeed Rasul, BSE

Seth St. Pierre, BA

Ronit Tiwary, BE

Justin Woods, MBA/MSW

+Impact Studio for Local Business

The +Impact Studio for Local Business internship is even more robust in this, its second year. Student funding has been made possible by Ross’ Business+Impact and Applebaum Family Philanthropy, the Zell Lurie Institute, the School of Information, the Stamps School of Art & Design, the Center for Entrepreneurship, and Ripple. Several community partners in Detroit, especially from TechTown, will be on hand throughout the summer to help orient students to Detroit’s entrepreneurial landscape, to refer business clients, and to serve as a sounding board and resource connector for students.

Jonah Cuenca, BBA

Rishi Kalyan, BBA

Haarika Karlapati, BBA/SEAS

Kirsten Lam, BBA, LSA

John Prisby, BBA

Areeba Razi, BBA

Malavika Vengilatt, BBA

Michael Willard, BBA, LSA

Madelyn Woodrow, BBA

Kristine Zhou, BBA

Open Road at Ross

Working remotely this year, these intrepid travelers are focused on addressing business challenges for Coton Clothiers, and  Detroit is the New Black, Shelby + Coffee Down Under, in Detroit, MI.  Business+Impact and Zell Lurie Institute are proud to partners on this program, funded by Ford Motor Company.

Coton Clothiers:

Chris Gradone, MBA

Rachel Ing, MBA

Natasha Suddhi, MBA

Detroit Is the New Black:

Dustin Huibregtse, MBA

Alex Johnson, MBA

Briana Jones, MBA

Sasha Kapur, MBA

Shelby + Coffee Down Under

Chris Gradone, MBA

Rachel Ing, MBA

Chris Nguyen, MBA

Natasha Suddhi, MBA

Allison Winstel, MBA, MPP