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2024 Summer Impact Interns

This year, Business+Impact is supporting 21 students through its Summer Fund, and 36 U-M students overall in a variety of summer internship 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 the Gordon Impact Entrepreneurship Fund, which provides support for BBA or MBA student internships with ventures or funders seeking to create societal impact.  Additionally, B+I’s Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP) hosts several undergraduate students in its Impact Studio for Local Business (ISLB).  This year, DNEP ISLB is hosting 12 students.

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).


Maithili Benerjee (BBA ’26), Project Bornali – Bangladesh

Paighton Gimotty (BBA ’26), International Justice Mission – Arlington, VA

Andrew Mott (BBA ’25), Camp Discovery – Blythwood, SC

Joshua Sheats (BBA ’25),  Callie Barr for Congress – Washington, DC

Sophie Shepps (BBA ’25),  Discovery Center – Chicago, IL

Bryce Zampty-Hicks (BBA ’26),  H.E.A.L. – Ann Arbor, MI


Chelsea Giller (MBA/MPP ’26), Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education, Office of Policy, Planning and Innovation – Washington, DC

Shailee Ghelani (MBA ’25), LiftUp Enterprises – Chicago, IL

Sunny Huang (MBA/MPP ’26), Sorenson Impact Institute – Salt Lake City, UT

Eunjong (Bonnie) Lee (MBA ’25),  Education Pioneers – Chicago, IL

Yasin Taghvaei (MBA ’25),  Climate Vine – Lansing, MI

Shweta Tiwari (MBA),  The McKinney Foundation – Detroit, MI


John Blake (MPP/MS ’26), Federal Transit Administration under the Future Leaders in Public Service Program – Washington, DC

Francisco Brady (MPP ’25),  City of Chicago Office of the Mayor – Chicago, IL

Zakaria Bulus (MPP ’25), African International Documentary Festival Foundation – Abuja, NIGERIA

Nicholas DeChant (MPP ’25), City of Grand Rapids Department of Oversight and Public Accountability – Grand Rapids, MI

Harrison DeChant (MPP ’25), The City of Grand Rapids Department of Communications – Grand Rapids, MI

Sean Gies (MPP ’25),  Junglekeepers  – Remote/Peru

Jaymie Tibbits (MPP ’24),  Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness – Lansing, MI

Rebecca Trychel (MPP ’25),  MiLEAP – Lansing, MI

Xixi Wang (MPP ’25),  UM’s Center for Global Health Equity – Ann Arbor, MI


Gordon Impact Entrepreneurship Interns

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

Amulya Chirumamilla (BBA ’26),  Nia Impact Capital – Oakland, CA

Riya Cherian (MBA/MPP ’25), Africa Resource Centre – Nairobi, KENYA

Alessandra Eichelberger Pereira de Silva (MBA ’25), H.E.A.L. – Ann Arbor, MI


+Impact Studio for Local Business

The +Impact Studio for Local Business internship is now in in its fourth year. Student funding has been made possible by Ross’ Business+Impact, the School of Information, among others. 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.

Deborah Abodunrin, Ross, ’26

Gillian Ciak, Ross, ’26

Khalid Hamdan, Ross, ’26

Samuel Ibri, Ross, ’26

Robin Jiao, Information, Art Minor, ’25

Sara Lin, Ford, ’25

Andrew Memmer, LSA Economics, ’25

Ria Mittal, Ross, UX Minor, ’25

Isabella Oh, Ford, ’26

Reeya Patel, Ross, ’26

Carlie Peterman, Ross, ’26

Caroline Slutzky, Ford, ’26