Center for Social Impact Summer Fund

The Center for Social Impact will award competitive grants for summer internships to MBA’s and BBA Juniors in the Ross School of Business as well as graduate students in the Ford School of Public Policy. Only internships served prior to graduation from U-M are eligible (i.e. students must graduate no earlier than the December following their summer internship).

The Center also understands that beyond internships there are other formats for delivering impact during the summer. As a result, students can apply for funding to support their endeavor if it does not fit the traditional internship format.

As an alternative to the Summer Fund, in 2017, the Center for Social Impact will be partnering with a number of organizations to offer competitively paid Preferred Internships. Preferred internships are offered to masters students and BBA Juniors, with primary consideration given to Ross students. Preferred Internship applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so early submission during March is advised.

Summer Fund Program Overview


The Center for Social Impact currently supports funding for internships with social impact organizations. Graduate internships must be at least 10 weeks in length and total available funding (including any that the Center supports) must not exceed $12,000. Total available funding (including any that the Center supports) for BBAs must not exceed $6,000 for 10 weeks.  Eligible organizations can be a nonprofit, government, or clearly-defined social enterprise.

Accepted students are awarded up to $2,000 each to defray costs associated with their internships, including those with a limited stipend and with organizations anywhere in the U.S. or abroad.


The majority of MBA funds for self-directed 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.

Through the support and generosity of their classmates, students pursuing social impact summer internships are able to make a difference across the country and around the world.


If a student would like to create their own summer experience delivering social impact, they are also eligible to apply for funding through the Summer Impact Fund. Examples could include:

In addition to applying, students must submit the following items:

  • Amount requested
  • Description of project
  • Proposed deliverables

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 Impact Fund, contact the Center staff at