The internship program at the Zell Lurie Institute helps startup companies and venture capital firms hire Ross School of Business students for a 12-week hands-on work experience. This program gives students the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial skills by accelerating the advancement of the host company. The student-initiated and self-hosted internships offer the opportunity for students to find a host company at which they wish to intern or to work on moving forward their own startup over the summer.

Host companies benefit from the knowledge and expertise of a Ross student. Interns are an excellent resource for leading essential projects for a startup company to reach the next stage in their business development. Within a venture capital firm, student interns add immediate value by performing due diligence and researching investment strategies in new markets.

Are you a startup company or venture capital firm interested in hosting a U-M Ross BBA or MBA intern? Learn more about the ZLI Internship Program by emailing

2019 Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Internship Postings 
Michigan Ross BBA Sophomores and Juniors and MBA1s interested in an internship with a venture capital firm or startup company, review the ZLI Internship postings by visiting the U-M Canvas site.  Applications will be available starting January 2020. Please check Canvas periodically as new startup and venture capital opportunities become available. 

Previous Marcel Gani Internship Host Companies

Host companies from Summer 2019 

Big Reuse (New York, NY)
Cahoots (Ann Arbor, MI)
Detroit Venture Partners (Detroit, MI)
Michigan Venture Capital Association
Nuup (Mexico City, Mexico)
Sandbox Ventures (Chicago, IL)
Workit Health, (Ann Arbor, MI) 
– and more! 

Internship Program Founders and Sponsors

The internship program through the Zell Lurie Institute is generously supported by the following individuals and foundations: 

Marcel Gani
Supporting the belief that students can learn to be successful entrepreneurs through hands on experience with new venture companies, Marcel Gani's gift is used expressly for student internships. The Marcel Gani Internship Program finances students to spend their summer gaining outstanding hands-on experience with start-up companies and venture capital firms. Marcel Gani received an MBA (1978) from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and serves as an Advisory Board member to the Institute.

Miller H. Pryor
The Pryor family has Michigan ties reaching back to the 1920's when Millard Pryor, Sr. was a student at the Business School. Over the years the close relationship between the Pryor family and the Business School resulted in a gift in 1984, in honor of Millard Pryor Sr., to create the Pryor business plan competition and support entrepreneurial internships.

Brian & Jennifer Hermelin
Liu Family & Bistrong Family
Paul & Rachel Selvin
Robert & Judith Hooker