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Mike Sullivant

D-SIP '13 & LSA '14

1. Tell me a bit about yourself and your Michigan experience

My Michigan experience started in the early 90s. I was born and raised in Ann Arbor and had a special place in my heart for the University of Michigan by the time I could talk. Dhani Jones, Brian Griese, Chris Howard, and Tom Brady were all household names. As you can imagine, it didn’t take long to set my sights on attending U-M. As a freshman on campus, I immediately found a community in the Michigan Marching Band, playing the tenor saxophone. That opportunity completely defined my college career as I traveled across the country as a member of the marching band and basketball pep bands. I haven’t matched an experience like coming out of the tunnel for Michigan’s first night game against Notre Dame in 2011 or watching court-side as Trey Burke hit a 3-pointer in Texas that would lead to beating #1 Kansas in the Sweet Sixteen. From a university that gave me so much, I knew immediately that I had something to give back. This led to my internship at the Life Sciences Institute through the Development Summer Internship Program (D-SIP), and eventually a career in development at Michigan.

2. What did it mean to you to receive this award?

It meant so much! Every year, D-SIP brings a diverse group of smart and talented young professionals together for a transformational summer. D-SIP alumni have gone on to accomplish incredible things. So it came as a complete shock and surprise to learn that I was this year’s recipient because there are so many remarkable folks doing great work in the field. I recently spoke to a previous award recipient, and I feel even closer to the D-SIP family than before.

3. How has the D-SIP program impacted your career?

It connected me with some incredible mentors, kickstarted my career, and helped me approach my work holistically, to name just a few ways. I’m incredibly grateful for D-SIP.

4. If you were talking/giving advice to the next cohort of D-SIP interns, what would you say?

I would say “meet the moment.” 2020 has completely upended our traditional systems and challenged us to think creatively. Being nimble and adapting quickly are two things you’ll want to have in your back pocket as a D-SIP intern. Plans can change and things will be out of your control. “Meeting the moment” will help make your path easier — don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help along the way!

5. What do you love about your current role/career?

I get to work with great people who have really interesting backgrounds. Not one day is exactly the same!

 

2. What did it mean to you to receive this award?

It meant so much! Every year, D-SIP brings a diverse group of smart and talented young professionals together for a transformational summer. D-SIP alumni have gone on to accomplish incredible things. So it came as a complete shock and surprise to learn that I was this year’s recipient because there are so many remarkable folks doing great work in the field. I recently spoke to a previous award recipient, and I feel even closer to the D-SIP family than before.

3. How has the D-SIP program impacted your career?

It connected me with some incredible mentors, kickstarted my career, and helped me approach my work holistically, to name just a few ways. I’m incredibly grateful for D-SIP.

4. If you were talking/giving advice to the next cohort of D-SIP interns, what would you say?

I would say “meet the moment.” 2020 has completely upended our traditional systems and challenged us to think creatively. Being nimble and adapting quickly are two things you’ll want to have in your back pocket as a D-SIP intern. Plans can change and things will be out of your control. “Meeting the moment” will help make your path easier — don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help along the way!

5. What do you love about your current role/career?

I get to work with great people who have really interesting backgrounds. Not one day is exactly the same!