2022 Applications are Open! Apply here by February 25th!

The University of Michigan GHDI Clinical Front-End Design Internship is a 10-16 week paid summer internship that prepares students for careers in medical device design, ergonomics, operations research, medicine, clinical research, global health and sustainable development.

Interns apply design ethnography techniques to define clinical challenges and generate preliminary concept solutions. Due to the ongoing pandemic, in 2022, interns will be based at a clinical site at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor, MI.


Required Qualifications

  • Minimum 3.2 GPA
  • University of Michigan – Ann Arbor students who currently have sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate level standing. Preference will be given to students that will be enrolled at the University of Michigan in Fall 2022.

Accepted interns will be offered a position that pertains to a specific project topic and field site. Students will have the opportunity to list their preferences in their application. The following samples are from 2020, and we will be updating the opportunities for 2022 shortly.

Thematic cohorts for 2022:

  • Ophthalmology at W.K Kellogg Eye Center
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology at Michigan Medicine

GHDI Interns have worked on a variety of projects in many different contexts. Some examples from past years include:

  • Prototype development and validation: Brace for preventing post-stroke shoulder subluxation, progressive rehabilitation device for hand and wrist injuries, turning aid to prevent pressure ulcers. Field Sites: Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (Kumasi, Ghana), Consolata Hospitals (Meru, Kenya)
  • Needs assessment (including observations and interviews): Electronic medical records, expanding clinic services (e.g., physical therapy), lab workflow, patient scheduling.Field Sites: Hamilton Community Health Network (Flint, Michigan)

The following items are required to complete your application.

  • Cover letter (1 page)
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume Upload
  • Contact information for 2 references (no letters required)
  • Unofficial Transcript Upload



The internships are full-time and 10-16 weeks in duration; Duration is determined by the scope of the internship project. Interns will earn an hourly wage, dependent on experience, for the determined internship duration.


Students will be responsible for arranging their own accommodations in Ann Arbor.

Application Procedures

Applications are open! Apply here by February 25 at 11:59pm.

Contact Information

Please direct advising inquiries and program-specific questions to globalhealthdesign@umich.edu

To learn more about the Global Health Design Initiative and past projects, visit globalhealthdesign.engin.umich.edu

Interested in this Opportunity?

Applications for the Internship are accepted online. Follow this link to login and apply.

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What to Know About The Global Health Design Initiative

Program History

Program History

GHDI has been working with stakeholders for more than eight years to identify and address global health design challenges. Learn more about our history and core values.

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Project Outcomes

Project Outcomes

Since inception, we have worked on projects in maternal health, family planning, minimally invasive surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and more. Explore our past and current projects.

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Get Involved

Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved in global health work with GHDI. From taking on a need statement, to participating in an opportunity, or becoming a partner.

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