Marcel Gani Internship Program - Student-Initiated
Overview | Host
Information | Traditional
Internship | Student-Initiated Internship | Self-Hosted
Student-initiated internships support Ross MBA students
that are recruiting their own internship host and shaping
the internship efforts with start-up companies or venture
capital firms. Students can find opportunities by joining
relevant mailing lists, reading entrepreneurial blogs, engaging
entrepreneurial groups, and reviewing investments from
venture capital firms. When contacting companies that sound
promising, students should emphasize their unique skills
and talents and suggest how an internship would be in the
company's best interest. Because 50% of the intern's salary
(maximum of $7,200 for the entire summer) is reimbursed
to the company, these entrepreneurial firms have a greater
ability to hire an MBA student during the summer. Students
may show this one-page
flyer (PDF) to potential host companies to help facilitate
the discussion of a potential internship.
Requirements for an Internship
Eligible host companies must be in the early growth phase
of business development, preferably with less than 50 employees
and secure financial backing through outside funding or
internally generated cash flow. A venture capital firm that
invests in early stage companies may also serve as a host
company, though students should perform work for the firm
itself and not for the portfolio company.
The focus of the 12-week internship should be based on
the host company's goals and identify how the student will
help the company achieve those goals. The work performed
by the intern should give the student a significant opportunity
to contribute to the success of the host company while developing
her/his entrepreneurial skill set. Internships with venture
capital firms should provide the student with an investor's
perspective of entrepreneurship.
Student Application Process:
- Complete this interest
- Write a two-page statement that identifies the scope
of the work to be performed, the effect the intern will
have on the company, and the expected outcomes for the
host company and the student.
- Obtain a letter of commitment from the host company
that agrees with the scope of the work statement and states
that the company consents to pay at least half of a $1,200
weekly salary for a minimum of 12 weeks.
- Submit all of this to
with “Student-Initiated Internship [company name]” in
the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling
basis but those received by March 19 will have a much
higher likelihood of being funded.
Plan: During the second week of the internship, the
intern will write an internship plan that describes
what the job focus will be for the summer and what value
will be gained from the internship. It should clearly
detail the student's individual goals for the summer
and the goals of the host company.
You Letter: Each intern is assigned to a specific Institute
donor who provided funding for the Marcel Gani program.
In the middle of the summer, the intern will write a
thank you letter to the designated supporter.
Summary: A week after the internship ends, the intern
will write a three to five page essay explaining the
challenges of the internship, the solutions to those
challenges, and how the intern's work will be used by
the host company in the future.
Internship: Interns do not earn academic credit; however,
they may choose to write an academic case, based on
their internship experience, for credit or compensation
Institute's Case Writing program
. Approval from
the host company is required.
For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.