Just a Few Reasons to Be Jealous of Students in the U-M Tauber Institute


The Tauber Institute for Global Operations is a partnership between the Ross School of Business and Michigan Engineering and strives to provide students of both programs with opportunities to research and practice global operations management.

Sure, that’s a mouthful, but as the group kicks off their 2014 Team Projects this week, we’re reminded that there are plenty of reasons to look longingly at the many, many students who have discovered what the institute is all about.

1. Hands-on experiences with some of the world’s biggest companies

The annual Tauber Projects take more than 70 students from Michigan Engineering and the MBA and Master of Supply Chain Management programs at Ross and embeds them on teams within huge, global companies like Verizon, Boeing, or Amazon.

The projects are paid, but these are unlike any internships you’ve ever heard of. They’re specifically designed to challenge the student teams to find innovative solutions to real operations and supply chain issues with both business and engineering components.

Whether it’s working with General Mills, Pfizer or 3M, student teams aim to make their sponsor company faster, smarter and more efficient for today’s competitive landscape. Past projects have saved sponsor companies millions of dollars.

2. Did we mention these are PAID experiences?

Tauber students earn a weekly salary during the projects, bringing in at least $4,000 a month during the 14 weeks they’re working with their sponsor organization. Salary rate depends on the level of experience each individual team member has as they enter the project.

3. You’d get invited to a special talk from the director of the most revered college sports program in America

Dave Brandon, Michigan athletic director and former chairman and CEO of Domino’s Pizza, Inc., delivered the keynote address at the Team Project kickoff March 11.

And with March Madness just days away, who wouldn’t welcome that opportunity?

You can learn more about the Ross Master of Supply Chain Management Program during one of several virtual information sessions the program is holding in March.