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Find out where the impact interns we helped fund are working this summer

This year, Business+Impact’s Summer Fund is financially supporting the summer impact internships of 28 University of Michigan students, and overall we are supporting 44 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!

See photos of Alhan in Rwanda, Emily in Milwaukee, Gabrielle in Cleveland, Joseph in Queens, Prisha in Washington DC, Ricardo in India, and Audrey & Lauren in Chicago.

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).


Steven Lohan,  Bone Marrow and Cancer Foundation – New York, NY

Ella Kaplan,  Recycle Ann Arbor – Ann Arbor, MI

Ponette Rubio,  Sprout – Ann Arbor, MI

Prisha Grover,  The Office of Haley Stevens – Washington D.C.

Jala Taylor-Pickett,  Finding Joi – Chicago, IL


Annie Eng,  UMich Center for Academic Innovation – Ann Arbor, MI

Gabrielle LeFlore,  Cleveland Clinic – Graduate Administrative Internship Program – Cleveland, OH

Alexandra Perez-Garcia,  Pop-Up Docs – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Taryn Leeney,  Arbor Day Foundation – Lincoln, NE

Joseph Kind, Forte Preparatory Academy – Queens, NY


Phong Hong,  Data Governance Department, Municipality of Budapest – Budapest, Hungary

Kaei Li,  SKDK – Washington DC

Cindy Banh, diiVe – Cape Town, South Africa

Valery Martinez,  USDHHS: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – Washington DC

Maulshree Sinha,  Environmental Defense Fund (India) – Pune, India

Audrey Dombro,  City of Chicago – Chicago, IL

Elizabeth Gelman,  Yousef Rabhi, Washtenaw County Board Commissioner, District 8 – Ann Arbor, MI

Lauren O’Hair,  Chicago Mayor’s Office (Chicago Mayoral Fellowship) – Chicago, IL

Mayu Ueno,  Japan Committee for UNICEF / UNICEF Sri Lanka Country Office  – Tokyo, Japan / Colombo, Sri Lanka

Emily Kuttner,  Office of the Mayor – City of Milwaukee – Milwaukee, WI

Hannah Cumming,  Human Trafficking Clinic + Lab – Ann Arbor, MI

Joshua Holzworth,  Treatment, Innovation, and Dissemination Research Group – Ann Arbor, MI

Emma Cohen,  Michigan Center for Youth Justice – Ann Arbor, MI

Mingyue Lu,  Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation, University of Michigan – 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.

Ricardo Peres-da-Silva (BBA), Bookworm Trust – Panaji, Goa, India

Alhan Fakhr (MBA),  One Acre Fund – Kigali, Rwanda

Mackenzie Mock (MBA),  Verité – Amherst, MA

Satya Mummidivarapu (MBA),  SJ Eco Projects – Andhra Pradesh, India

+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 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.

Nikki Ambas (BBA), Rising Junior

Erin McCann (BBA), Rising Junior

Eli Miller (BBA), Rising Sophomore

Risha Sirdeshmukh (BBA), Rising Junior

Dorothy Yin (BBA), Rising Junior

Open Road at Ross

Driving from business to business, 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 is a proud sponsor of Open Road at Ross, funded by Ford Motor Company Foundation.

Team Running on Pancakes

Ankita Bansal, MBA

Jennifer Ugheoke, MBA

Zach Nerod, MBA/MS

Hayley Sakwa, MBA/MPP

Team Tetris

Aaron Friedman-Heiman, MBA

Arpit Sharma, MBA

Jacob Kennedy, MBA

Mahima Obhrai, MBA

Team Soup-a-Stars

Juho Lee, MBA

Sanya Pritanjali, MBA

Vivek Varma Sakhineti, MBA

Omer Sfadia, MBA