Desai Accelerator

About Desai Accelerator

The Desai Accelerator offers an intensive, 7-month program for tech-enabled startups. We provide the funding, mentorship, staff, and resources necessary for early-stage ventures to rapidly grow and build their business.

In addition to hosting teams, Desai employs a group of paid student interns for each cohort. Interns have skills across software development, business, and design, and work for the startups in our program as well as the Desai Accelerator overall. Students who have a passion for startups and are ready to help real companies grow fast will thrive in this program.

Over 12 weeks in the summer, our interns complete a variety of meaningful and impactful projects for five current cohort companies. In the past, interns have developed web applications, built financial models, conducted customer discovery research, created style guides, designed user experiences (UX), and made promo videos—there are no typical projects! We hire 10 interns across six roles:
Business Intern
MBA/Grad Business Intern
UX Designer
Graphic and Visual Design Intern
Video and Content Producer
Senior Software Developer

Internships are open to anyone who is enrolled as a University of Michigan student for the duration of our summer program: May 23, 2022-August 19, 2022. We recruit and consider undergraduate and graduate students, as well as domestic and international students from all University of Michigan schools and colleges. This is a full-time summer internship; interns must be able to be present during normal business hours, Monday through Friday.

Graduates of this highly competitive internship program go on to work all over the nation on their own startups or early startups, at established startups like Lyft, and premiere software companies like Microsoft and Salesforce. The experiences students gain in our program prepare them well for roles at venture capital and investment banking firms' units focused on tech and startups.


UX Design Intern

May 2022 - August 2022 Ann Arbor, MI
“I enjoyed getting to work with five different clients across 5 different industries. Understanding project based work was a fast-paced environment and I gained a lot of soft and hard skills from the experience. ”
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