STUDENTS & ALUMNI

The institute provides students with multidisciplinary and applied learning experiences that helps prepare them for their professional endeavors.

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The institute engages with University of Michigan and other universities’ students to provide multidisciplinary economic research opportunities and applied business and community assessment. The institute staff and program directors coach and mentor students as they conduct real world research and tackle hands-on client assessments and engagements. University of Michigan institute staff and faculty have worked with hundreds of both undergraduate and graduate students. Students with backgrounds in business, economics, engineering, information, finance, natural resources & environment, public health, social work, architecture & urban planning, political science, statistics, data science, mathematics, international studies, biology, physics, chemistry, and computer science have all contributed to the Institute’s success.

Student work may include the following scope:

  • Prescreen and process potential program client company applications, learning how to identify high-potential characteristics,

  • Develop Market Specific Overviews and supply market intelligence to clients, learning how to use primary and secondary research sources to identify economic opportunities,

  • Perform assessments of companies, learning to identify and measure success metrics,

  • Identify and document critical gaps in business models, company operations, and market needs,

  • Perform searches and arrange for resources (both university and/or private sector) to address critical gaps identified during assessment,

  • Develop scopes of work and facilitate selection and contracting of identified private sector or university resources to perform project activity,

  • Summarize the assessment, search findings, scopes of work and market specific opportunities, and develop a customized action plan with targeted recommendations towards successful innovation and commercialization of new products.

The institute sees increasing competition among student applicants for program analyst and research positions. Current and former students form a significant portion of the staff as well because there are opportunities to grow at the institute. The institute students grow and prosper as alumni, becoming part of a powerful network during and after their time at the institute. Former alumni feel prepared after working at the institute for roles in the public and private sector, at startups and Fortune 500 companies, and located domestically and abroad.

Programs & Initiatives

CBAIS: Incubator & Accelerator Studies
CLMR: Economic forecasting and economic policy analysis for state and local governments
DMAP: Serving defense cuts impacted communities and firms
First Customer Program: Helping Michigan serve advanced technology firms
GLTAAC: Helping import impacted manufacturers
SCIP/TCA: Helping Michigan firms access university resources and technology
Student Wall of Fame: Building foundatons for student success
Publications: Research on economics and jobs forecasting

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