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2022 Impact Internships Reach Across the USA

This year, Business+Impact’s Summer Fund is financially supporting the summer impact internships of 29 University of Michigan students, and overall we are supporting 57 U-M students in several types of summer experiences.

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

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 back on the road, covering the nation in solid MBA consulting!

The Summer Fund

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

Sehrish Hussain, Studio Gallery, D.C., Washington D.C.

Faith Richardson, Backpac, San Francisco CA

Ponette Rubio, Lirico, Ann Arbor

Tanmay Arora, Global CO2 Initiatives, Ann Arbor MI

Soumya Tejam, University Impact, Provo UT


Summer Abiad, Purposeful Growth Institute, Remote

Jillian Brown, Do Good Foods, Princeton NJ

Alexis Kenworthy, Pacific Community Ventures, Oakland CA

Emily Griffith, The Encore Musical Theatre Company, Dexter MI

Linnet Leon, The Nature Conservancy, Washington D.C.

Patrick Burden,, NYC

Kathryn Mioduszewski, Embolden Athletics, Ann Arbor MI

Jason Hefter, Launch Factory, San Diego, CA

Aiko Ueda, Global CO2 Initiatives, Ann Arbor MI


Ariella Stafanson, ACLU of Northern California – Racial and Economic Justice Unit, San Francisco CA

Trevor Orginski, Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, Labor, Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, Washington D.C.

Alhan Fakhr, mHUB, Chicago IL

Marco Ramirez, National Academy of Social Insurance – 2022 Congressman Pete Stark Health Policy Internship, Washington D.C.

Ariel Freed, Center for Integrity in Forensic Science, Madison WI

Laura Meyer, United Way of Southeastern Michigan, Detroit MI

Ellie Jorling, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Lansing MI

Stephen Culbertson, City of Detroit, Detroit MI

Patricia Fisher, TABLE, Oxford UK

Daniel Hayes, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Washington D.C.

Luiza Macedo, The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institute, Washington D.C.

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.

Gretchen Ascher (BBA),Coastal Enterprises, Inc., Brunswick ME

Jillian Brown (MBA/MS – Erb), Do Good Foods, Princeton, NJ.

Nathan Lohrmann (MBA), Impact Venture Capital @ The Unreasonable Group, Boulder CO

Elijah Forrester (MBA), Africa Innovation Hub, Ann Arbor MI

+Impact Studio for Local Business

The +Impact Studio for Local Business internship continues to be robust in its third year. Student funding has been made possible by Ross’ Business+Impact and Applebaum Family Philanthropy, the School of Information, the Stamps School of Art & Design, 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.

Brandon Matja, BBA

Faiqa Alam, BBA

Nova Wyrobek, BBA

Grace Aretakis, BBA

Allison Wei, BBA

Open Road at Ross

Due to loosening of restrictions from the recent pandemic, we are making up for the lost years by launching our largest contingent of Open-Roaders ever! Driving from state to state, meeting socially- and environmentally-driven entrepreneurs, Ross MBAs spend one week on-site in each location, working closely with the entrepreneur, to provide a solution or recommendation to a business problem they are facing. At the end of each week, students pack up the car and hit the road again to meet with the next entrepreneur! Business+Impact and Zell Lurie Institute are proud to partners on this program, funded by Ford Motor Company.

Team Hidden JEMMS (MBA2s):

Jaume Boneta Seco, MBA

Eric Hopfenbeck, MBA

Mallory Leibowitz, MBA

Megha Savla, MBA

Team Community Collective (MBA2s):

Amanda Hsieh, MBA

Marissa Cooper, MBA

Kat Nguyen, MBA

Hemangani Pande, MBA

Real Execs of Ross (MBA2s):

Patrice Drummond, MBA

Shayon Donaldson, MBA

Whitney Pollard, MBA

SEEL the Deal (MBA1s):

Eden Berdugo, MBA

Linnet Leon, MBA

Esther Chen, MBA

Sai Madhavi Antharam, MBA

Geek Squad (MBA1s):

Joss Woodhead, MBA

Summer Abiad, MBA

Messeret Kebede, MBA

Chisom Uche, MBA

Eats Meets West (MBA1s):

Ashley Tran, MBA

Patrick Nguyen Burden, MBA

Sam Teng, MBA

Gic-Owens Fiestan, MBA