A guide.

What is the Business Engagement Center?

Sponsored jointly by the U-M Office of Research and the Office of University Development, the Business Engagement Center (BEC) was established in 2007 as the pathway connecting businesses and community organizations with the remarkable talent and resources at the University of Michigan. Business Engagement at the University inspires successful collaboration and acts as a catalyst to create meaningful, invaluable partnerships, while extending the academic excellence of the University beyond the classroom. For companies looking to access student talent, leverage faculty expertise, discover joint research projects, find lab space and specialized facilities, or to utilize a vast network of professional development opportunities, the BEC is the first point of contact.

How do I build my company’s brand on campus?

The relationship managers at the BEC serve as company consultants, helping to establish a visible campus presence while bringing direct value to your company. Proposals include various options based on each company’s goals and missions, such as:

  • Access to student talent through career fairs, company days, and other recruiting events
  • Student project support
  • Student organization sponsorship and/or mentorship
  • Leveraging of faculty expertise through joint research projects
  • Supporting students through scholarships or fellowships
  • Event and/or campaign sponsorship

For more information or suggestions on how the BEC can help build your brand on the University of Michigan campus, click here.

How do I post an internship or a full-time job opening at my company?

In 2014, the University of Michigan established Hire Blue!, an employer recruiting navigator website designed to help guide companies through the recruiting process at one of the most highly-ranked universities in the world. A one-stop shop, this site features tools to assist organizations in narrowing search efforts to specifically target U-M students, while providing information on how to connect with appropriate career centers on campus.

When are the career fairs on campus and how can my company get involved?

The Recruit section of our website has a detailed list of career services for employers and recruiters.

I have a specific project that requires a group of students with a specialized background. How can I find them?

You can search the list of ongoing student projects and a comprehensive list of student groups on campus here.

I am interested in learning about opportunities to sponsor a scholarship or fellowship. Where do I go?

Information about student support is available in Build Your Brand on Campus section of this website, or you can contact the BEC staff directly to discuss your specific needs.

How can I find out about research being conducted on campus?

You have the ability to search for a general topic or specific researcher by using keywords or names here. If you are unable to find what you are searching for, contact the BEC staff directly.

Are there research facilities on campus that my company can use?

The University has many state-of-the-art facilities that are available to companies. For a specific need, please contact the BEC staff.

I am interested in having a U-M expert provide short term consulting for my company. Who do I contact?

Your BEC relationship manager can provide you with a personalized listing of U-M experts pertaining to your needs.

I am a tech entrepreneur and need consulting or other assistance for my business. Where can I go for help?

The Office of Technology Transfer maintains a comprehensive list of resources for entrepreneurs, ranging from funding sources to consultation to strategy development. If you can’t find the information you require on their website, please contact us.

I have a business idea and I think the University can help. Who should I contact?

Please contact us directly.

How can I benefit from University technologies?

University researchers have a history of producing meaningful research that translates to direct real-world benefits. Visit the License section of our site to learn more about the services offered by the Office of Technology Transfer and get connected to U-M’s licensing staff.

How can my company benefit from a strategic giving program?

The BEC can assist you in creating a customized philanthropic program that aligns directly with your business objectives and boosts your company’s visibility on campus. Visit our Build Your Brand On Campus section to learn more about corporate and individual gift programs.

Where is the BEC located?

In September of 2010, the BEC moved to the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC), where it is co-located with the U-M Office of Technology Transfer. Working side-by-side with corporate relations partner offices in the College of Engineering, the Medical School, the Ross School of Business, the University of Michigan Health System, and on the Dearborn and Flint campuses, the BEC staff works to create and expand partnerships with companies by linking business needs with University resources in research, technology, education, and student talent on all campuses.