http://desaiaccelerator.umich.edu

Desai Accelerator

About Desai Accelerator

FOUNDER-FRIENDLY BUSINESS ACCELERATION
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.

WHAT DO INTERNS DO?
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

WHO CAN APPLY?
Internships are open to anyone who is enrolled as a University of Michigan student for the duration of our summer program: May 24 through August 13, 2021. 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 (virtually) during normal business hours, Monday through Friday.

WHERE DO INTERNS GO NEXT?
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.

Reviews

Marketing and Content Intern

June 2019 - August 2019 Ann Arbor, MI
“I loved the amount of autonomy I had in my work and my supervisor's enthusiasm for assigning me projects I was passionate about. ”

Software Engineering Intern

June 2018 - October 2018 Ann Arbor, MI
“I learned so much working for Desai. It was a fully immersive experience working for 6 early stage startups. I was never bored and I always had stuff to work on. ”
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