5 Ways Rossers are Making a Difference This Summer


The Nonprofit and Public Management Center’s Domestic Corps Internship Program and student-led Give-A-Day Fund give Ross MBA and BBA students the opportunity to spend their summer putting their skills to use while working to make a real impact for real nonprofits through paid summer internships.

Here’s how just a few Ross students will be taking advantage of these opportunities:

1. Creating jobs for Detroiters

Domestic Corps interns Kelsea Ballantyne and Kristine Schantz, MBA/MS ’16, will develop a business plan for Focus: HOPE that will help the Detroit nonprofit train and educate members of the city’s workforce. The social enterprise will give Focus: HOPE’s clients real-world work experience and drive economic development in Detroit communities.


2. Growing impact investing in Uganda

Bryce Jones, MBA ’15, a recipient of the student-run Give-A-Day Fund, will work side-by-side with impact investing firm Mango Fund to help support East African entrepreneurs. Interning in Kampala, Uganda, Jones will identify and develop investment opportunities that accelerate economic growth for the country.


3. Greening up America’s biggest retailer

Dakota Korth, MBA '16 and John Dooley, MBA/MS ‘15, will be working with the Environmental Defense Fund and Walmart’s corporate sustainability team to develop environmental innovations that dramatically decrease the impact of the retail giant’s products. Korth and Dooley are also a part of Ross’ Domestic Corps intern program.


4. Building the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Detroit

As an Innovation Fellow with the Mayor of Detroit, Give-A-Day Fund recipient Neil Tambe, MBA ’15, will work to launch a series of start-ups in the city aimed at empowering underserved communities, stimulating job creation, and continuing to develop Detroit’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.


5. Scaling the impact of charter schools

Kaitlin Paulson, MBA ’15 views her Domestic Corps internship with TEAM schools, a Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) in New Jersey as an opportunity to harness the power of education to change the world. Paulson will design a strategy to scale KIPP’s operations and prepare students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.  

NPM is a partnership of the Ross School of Business, U-M School of Social Work, and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Visit nonprofit.umich.edu to learn more about the Domestic Corps program and other social impact opportunities at Ross.
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