University of Michigan

Projects That Get You Working

D-SIP interns have completed more than 215 major projects across the University since 2007. Here are some examples of the kinds of rewarding and inspiring work you could be doing as a member of D-SIP’s next generation.

International Giving / Global Impact

Yuexin "Peter" Han

Yuexin "Peter" Han, (BBA '15)

Current Position: Associate Consultant, Bain & Company

Intern for the College of Engineering, (D-SIP '13). Peter helped implement and develop the College of Engineering’s International Ambassador Program for Faculty. In addition to providing support to and developing tools for faculty ambassadors, Peter strategically re-evaluated the College of Engineering’s international communications. Finally Peter worked to develop a prospect pool of high-capacity individuals living internationally.


Christina Pechette

Christina Pechette, (AB '13)

Current Position: College Connections Coordinator, University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Intern for College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, (D-SIP '13). Christina worked with the Director of International Giving at the College of LSA to help create a program, the LSA Student Global Ambassador Program, which aims to encourage LSA students studying or volunteering abroad to connect with local alumni. Christina was involved throughout all stages of the program from building its foundations by interviewing students how have studied abroad, to marketing the program, to collecting data from the interactions it facilitates.

“D-SIP didn't just provide me numerous opportunities to hone my skills, it also helped me better identify and articulate those skills in a professional and concise manner. I gained new insight on development, philanthropy, and the University - but also on myself. Having just recently graduated, I couldn't think of a better program to guide and prepare me as I begin the next chapter of my life.” —Christina Pechette



Michelle Reames

Michelle Welch, (AB '11)

Current Position: Senior Graduate Academic Advisor, University of Kansas

Intern for the Office of Reunions and Reunion Giving, (D-SIP '10). Michelle worked on methods of engaging alumni of all ages and attracting them back to the reunion weekends in addition to planning many aspects of the reunion weekends.

"This internship not only advanced my knowledge of philanthropy and development, but also helped me grow as a person, an employee, and a friend. From this summer, I have taken away many lessons that I feel have shaped me into who I am now." —Michelle Reames

Nina Kryza

Nina Kryza, (BBA '14)

Current Position: Consultant, IBM Global Business Services

Intern for Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, (D-SIP '12). Nina interviewed key members within the university community to identify new ways in which the Botanical Gardens and Arboretum could engage students in a meaningful way that would lead to sustainable support from current students and future alumni.


Relationship-Building and Stewardship

Muhi Khwaja

Muhi Khwaja, (AB '09 UM-Dearborn)

Current Position: Major Gifts Officer, American Red Cross

Intern for U-M-Dearborn, (D-SIP '09). Muhi worked to develop and implement an Alumni Oral History Project, which served as a vehicle for initiating contacts with alumni and assessing their desire to become more engaged as volunteers and donors. Muhi conducted oral history interviews with alumni to open up the possibility of continued stewardship by the university.

Amanda Koons

Amanda Koons, (AB '12)

Current Position: Senior Account Executive, Weber Shandwick

Intern for the Office of University Development: Stewardship, (D-SIP '11). Mandi created learning resources to help with the communication, education and implementation of best stewardship practices as to enhance and standardize stewardship practices across the development community.

"D-SIP helped me realize the importance of challenging myself and the rewards of taking the intiative to present new ideas."—Amanda Koons


Public Relations and Marketing

Rita Razalan

Rita Razalan, (BBA '12)

Current Position: Brand Manager, L'Oreal

Dobson Intern for the Ozone House, (D-SIP '10). Rita evaluated Ozone's overall communication and marketing strategy to determine its effectiveness in stewarding, cultivating, and attracting supporters to Ozone House. She was also responsible for event marketing, as well as planning and implementing, Ozone's signature fundraising event, the silent auction.

"D-SIP helped me realize that I can affect significant change in my own community and my own school. It showed me that my passion, not age or wealth, determines the size of my impact." —Rita Razalan

Erica Jenkins

Erica Jenkins, (AB '13)

Current Position: Development Associate,
Hanover Research.

Dobson Intern for Community Action Network (D-SIP '12). Erica worked with Community Action Network (CAN) leadership to support preparation for the 25th Anniversary and Donor Recognition Event. She assisted with volunteer and event sponsorship prospect research, as well as strategized with CAN staff and board members to develop an outreach and engagement plan to increase sponsorship support.

Event Planning

Amy Pfaehler

Amy Pfaehler, (AB '07)

Current Position: Associate Director of Development, Georgetown University, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (GUMC)

Intern for the U-M Health System, Department of Urology, (D-SIP '07). Amy helped plan and coordinate the U-M Men's Fantasy Football Experience, a two-day event championed by Coach Lloyd Carr that benefits the "Men of Michigan" Prostate Cancer Research Fund.

"D-SIP was an amazing experience that prepared me for fundraising in almost any setting. I interact with our nation's lawmakers and leaders on a daily basis, and have realized that fundraisers, especially in times of economic hardship, are always in demand across all industries." —Amy Pfaehler

Terra Neukam

Terra Neukam, (AB '11)

Current Position: Assistant Director of Development, University of Michigan Health System

Intern for the Cardiovascular Center, D-SIP '11. In addition to creating a catalog of the many funding opportunities at the Cardiovascular Center, Terra planned a community awareness event for the Bo Schembechler Heart of a Champion Research Fund.



Layne Scherer

Layne Scherer, (AB '08, MPP '14, University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy)

Current Position: Science Assistant, National Science Foundation

Intern for the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, (D-SIP '07). Layne identified major gift prospects and donors for the College and developed recommendations on how to cultivate and solicit them.

"The D-SIP program gave me a strong sense of the core principles of philanthropy and helped me understand the basics about each branch of the development profession. It has been a strong foundation for building my career." —Layne Scherer

Kim Kellman

Kim Kellman, (College of Engineering Class of 2016)

Dobson Intern for the Huron River Watershed Council, (D-SIP '15). Kim analyzed and researched fundraising activities with individual and business donors since 2009 and looked for trends in data to create a report on giving patterns. In addition to this, Kim developed a protocol to identify and prioritize effective strategies in campaign activities such as membership, event sponsorship, ticket sales, and the annual appeal in addition to training staff on the use of the protocol.


Data Mining and Analysis

Weston Bruner

Weston Bruner, (AB '08)

Current position: Development Manager, University of Adelaide

Intern for the Office of University Development, Prospect Development and Analytics, (D-SIP '08). Weston worked with major gift officers and representatives from across the University to improve the quality of key prospect information in the University's research database.

"This program taught me about far more than development. I learned how to represent an organization, how to promote change from within, and how to understand the needs of colleagues all over the institution. I can thank this program for helping give me the skills and knowledge I needed to get a great job in a tough economy." — Weston Bruner

Andrew Suzuki

Andrew Suzuki, (BBA '14)

Current Position: Senior Analyst – Hospital Sales and Services, Cardinal Health

Andrew worked on updating and acquiring alumni database information to facilitate tracking of and communication with graduate, doctoral, and post-doctoral students from Basic Sciences departments and units. He was also responsible for researching and finding contact information in cases where none was available and ensuring that the updated information was entered into the donor database system, DART.


Sophia Luong

Sophia Moeller, (AB '08, MBA '15)

Current Position: Annual Giving Officer, U-M Law School

Intern for the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, (D-SIP '07). Sophia created a cultivation strategy for the Ross School's recent graduates and a plan for increasing their engagement.

"My project was focused on building a tradition of engagement and giving among students and recent graduates. The success of this project, along with the leadership and management skills I gained through the D-SIP program, led me to my current position at the Ross School of Business." —Sophia Luong

Amerique Philyaw

Amerique Philyaw, (AB '11, JD '14)

Current Position: Associate Attorney, Worsham & Victor, P.C.

Intern for the Office of University Development, Division of Student Affairs, (D-SIP '10). Amerique made recommendations for enhancements to annual fund programming based on benchmarking various constituent-based annual fund programs at the U-M as well as annual fund programs of units similar to Ginsberg at other universities.


Corporate and Foundation Relations

Matt Woelfel

Matt Woelfel, (IIPS '12)

Current Position: Associate, ASGK Public Strategies

Intern for the College of Engineering, Foundation Relations, (D-SIP '11). Matt established a baseline analysis of corporate and foundation giving at a national scale, developed a benchmarking analysis (and methodology) of giving from these sources at peer institutions and defined a set of best practices for securing corporate and foundation resources for campus.

"What an incredible summer! Through the D-SIP program I have met extraordinary people, gained valuable skills, and learned new things about myself and what I am capable of. My internship gave me a broader understanding of how the University engages not only individuals but also corporate and foundation partners to achieve its mission." —Matt Woelfel

Anand Kumar

Anand Kumar, (BME '14)

Intern for the Office of University Development, Foundation Relations, (D-SIP ’12). Anand interviewed Office of University Development (OUD) staff within each of the departments, members of the OUD management team, and units outside of OUD to understand how they used liaison systems for communicating. He then produced a report with an overview of all current programs, identified areas of improvement, made recommendations for coordination and included discovered best practices.

Alumni Relations and Engagement

Aamina Ali


Aamina Ali, (BBA '15)

Current Position: Business Development Representative, Course Hero

Intern for Ross School of Business, (D-SIP ’14). Aamina helped the Ross school analyze the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities of their current alumni clubs. Aamina also benchmarked peer business schools’ alumni clubs, and provided recommendations to Ross leadership on how to enhance the alumni clubs.

“My favorite thing about working in the Alumni Relations office at the Ross School of Business was seeing how engagement plays a role in fundraising. Working with the Alumni Clubs taught me the importance and value of professional networks and the doors of opportunity that they can open if utilized efficiently.” —Aamina Ali


Rachel Rosenbaum


Rachel Rosenbaum, (School of Music, Theatre, & Dance Class of 2015)

Intern for School of Music, Theatre, & Dance, (D-SIP ’14). Rachel worked broadly on many SMTD development areas including: alumni relations, major gifts, stewardship, the annual fund, and events. Specifically, Rachel worked on a capstone project focused on development communications and fall 2014 stewardship events, the Department of Theatre & Drama’s 100th Anniversary planning, and on the beginning stages of SMTD’s campaign to name new and renovated spaces in the Earl V. Moore building.


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