A distinctive feature of the Michigan Ross MSCM experience is the Sponsored Internship Experience.

During the Summer semester, you will work on location for a global company to solve a real supply chain issue. You will apply your knowledge in high-profile projects offered by the Tauber Institute for Global Operations collaborating with Ross MSCM. 

The Sponsored Internship engagement puts you in a high visibility role at the sponsor company and gives you the opportunity to make an impact. In 2015, recommendations made during summer projects are projected to save the companies about $500 million.

Just as important, you'll interact with top-level executives and make connections that will open doors down the road. This interaction is a game-changer and has paid dividends for our alumni. The work experience and connections give you a big leg up on the competition when you hit the job market. 


Read details of 2016 Projects

Within two weeks of our project's completion, the company disseminated our 76-page report, and a variety of people inside the company set up a research group, a development group, and a commercialization group to start implementing some of the suggestions we made. The project was a great experience and gave me great insight into areas of business I'd never worked in before. —Jim Beaver, MSCM ’12

As for the pay, you can earn up to $25,000 for the summer, based on background and previous work experience.

You will finish your internship experience by presenting your recommendations to an audience of corporate executives, students, alumni, and faculty. This unique engagement will provide you with a platform to showcase your work and accomplishments to a diverse audience. Individuals will be selected for scholarship awards and will receive stipends to offset their tuition.



2015 Michigan Ross MSCM Projects


St. Paul, MN, Mexico & Canada

Amazon FBA

Seattle, WA

Cardinal Health

Chicago, IL & Columbus, OH


Austin, TX


Dearborn, MI

General Mills

Mineapolis, MN

General Motors


Microsoft MSC

Redmond, WA & China


White Plains, NY & Chicago, IL


Dearborn, MI


Warren, MI

GM Tooling

Detroit, MI

GM Vertical Integration

Detroit, MI


Lake Forest, IL

Kostal Logistics

Queretaro, Mexico


Ann Arbor, MI


Livonia, MI

Verizon Wireless

Basking Ridge, NJ

Examples of Projects
Check out brief summaries of some past Summer Projects.

  • Ametek Inc. – San Diego, Calif. The project team performed a make-versus-buy analysis and compared different sourcing options to position Ametek to leverage a significant cost-saving opportunity. Students built a cost model and identified the true cost for sourcing and manufacturing the product. Then they evaluated suppliers based on factors such as cost and supply chain risk. The team also recommended and initiated Ametek’s transition to a new supply chain configuration and developed a risk mitigation and implementation plan.

  • Aramex International – Amman, Jordan Aramex needed a concise, effective set of key performance indicators (KPIs) to provide instant, easy visibility into the current state of its operational processes. Students proposed a new set of KPIs for operational processes and customer relationship management, performed a gap analysis against existing KPIs and industry benchmarks, and recommended criteria for a dashboard implementation. Additionally, using value stream mapping, students presented an implementation plan for efficiency improvement in ground operations.

  • Hallmark Cards Inc. – Kansas City, Mo. Hallmark tasked its project team with developing strategies to achieve a lean supply chain. The goal was to reduce lead time, inventory levels, discards, and total cost while increasing revenue potential and inventory turns. The team’s recommendations included ordering for demand during lead time, reducing make-ready costs, creating cells in pre-production, and reducing estimated spoilage. The team also suggested new metrics of supply chain cycle time, total supply chain cost, order variance, and stock-outs.

  • Intel Corp. – Chandler, Ariz. Intel’s team of students incorporated the company’s existing metrics for responsiveness, reliability, and cost into an agility measurement capable of operating at the product level. This gives Intel a holistic assessment of past supply chain performance as well as an interpretive tool to evaluate future scenarios. Intel will use the tool to evaluate the tradeoffs among cycle time reductions, strategic inventory positioning, and customer service levels to improve its supply chains.

  • Ryder System Inc. – Novi, Mich. MSCM students studied current inventory analysis capabilities at Ryder, met with internal experts to understand their vision of a new service, and interviewed existing Ryder clients to understand their needs. Based on these studies, the team designed an inventory analysis tool for inbound components at a warehouse or plant. They also developed a market entry strategy for the service that is expected to generate additional revenue from current accounts.

  • Steelcase Inc. – Grand Rapids, Mich. To help Steelcase drive lean principles through the extended value stream, the prject team evaluated options for improving flow and eliminating waste. The team focused on production schedule leveling, layout of distribution facilities, and options for product shipping. They made several recommendations and also created a decision tool for determining which products would be good candidates for partially assembled shipment to minimize the amount of shipped air.