Resources for Companies

Student Talent

Our students are truly the Leaders and Best – something widely recognized by companies that work with the University of Michigan. Finding ways to connect with our students is a key priority for most of our industry partners. Our relationship managers can guide companies to the best places for those connections based on the right fit. General information below provides an overview of primary areas of engagement with our students.


Student Groups

Student Projects


Student Groups

U-M student groups provide companies with access to top student groups, allowing you to find a student who shares your interests and focus. To start searching for students, visit the University’s Maize Pages, a central repository for more than 1,200 student organizations.

Links to many student organizations can be found below, but others are easily accessed directly through their respective school or college, as listed on the U-M Links page.

Important connections include:

Student Projects

Sponsoring a student project can create value for your company on a number of levels. Projects provide opportunities to interface with students and explore solutions to business challenges while giving students hands-on experience in real-world situations. The following matrix outlines some of the most relevant the project sponsorship opportunities available across the university. For more information, click on the name of the individual program to visit its website or click the contact name to send a direct email.



Business Need


Project Sponsor’s Cost

Submission Deadline for Proposals


Policy recommendations, sustainability analysis, landscape designs, natural resource management plans School of Natural Resources and Environment Master’s Project Student travel and other project-related expenses Project is conducted on a two-year cycle Ashley Richardson 
Have your dataset turned into a useful visualization by a master’s student. School of Information 649: “Information Visualization” None Pitches accepted through 4th week of class Matthew Kay 
New web site development on a web-based Content Management System, utilizing the Drupal open-source platform. School of Information 631: Agile Software Development for Content Management Systems None January 2 for winter term projects Michael Hess
Usability evaluation of a website or software application with detailed and actionable feedback School of Information 622: “Evaluation of Systems and Services” None December 5 for winter term projects Joyojeet Pal
Improving or repairing an existing information or communication process; Improving or repairing an existing product or service; Evaluating service design, such as processes for walk-in customers at service desks. School of Information 501: “Contextual Inquiry and Project Management” None August 31 for fall term projects, November 19 for winter term Melissa Chalmers 
Projects consist of needs elicitation, UX requirements analysis, UX design and prototyping, and user evaluation. School of Information 487: “User Experience Consulting Project” None September 8 for fall term projects Florian Schaub
Projects revolve around large-scale dataset(s), problems of data manipulation, analysis, and visualization of data. School of Information 485: “Information Analytics Consulting Project” None October 28 for fall term projects Kevyn Collins-Thompason
The project should deal with an important public policy problem that involves researching best practices, conducting archival research, interviewing or surveying stakeholders, analyzing financial documents, conducting cost benefit analysis, etc. Ford School of Public Policy Applied Policy Seminar Minimal Cost June 1 for fall term (September-December)October 15 for winter term (January-April) Elisabeth Gerber
Lean process design and implementation, business unit manufacturing plan, strategic site assessment, supply chain implementation plan, sourcing plan, new product/process development strategy, product complexity analysis, plant floor layout. Projects include an implementation phase. Tauber Institute for Global Operations Team Projects $35,000 participation fee plus student salaries and travel ($25,000 for first time sponsors) December 1 for May-August summer projects Raymond Muscat
Develop advertising campaign strategy Stephen M. Ross School of Business None September 30 Katherine Burson
Marketing strategy, market analysis, market entry, strategic planning, financial modeling, sustainability, product launch, operations processes, mergers, and acquisitions Stephen M. Ross School of Business Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) Program $5K Varying dates throughout the year Chris Tarnacki 
Data Science / Business Analytics projects to design, model, and analyze solutions for open-ended problems with large datasets in applications from healthcare, logistics, marketing and manufacturing domains. College of Business, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Business Analytics Experience Capstone Project None August 15 for Fall term and December 10 for Winter term  Charu Chandra
Open-ended design projects that afford teams of students an opportunity to design, build, and test a prototype of a mechanical system College of Engineering ME 450 Design and Manufacturing III $5K August 1 for Fall Term, December 1 for Winter Term Amy Hortop
Design projects for the two BME capstone design courses that involves the design, build, and test of a prototype for clinical or biomedical research applications. College of Engineering Biomedical Engineering Design Project-dependent; should cover the fabrication, validation, and iteration of mock-ups and prototypes August 1 for Fall Term, November 1 for Winter Term Rachael Schmedlen
Year-long engagement with First Year through Professional Masters’ Students on student projects: prototyping, optimization, operations, programming, app development, engineering, chemistry College of Engineering Multidisciplinary Design Program $20K Summer commitment for January-December projects Jenn Carlson 



Opportunities to sponsor events on campus offer companies the chance to get in front of faculty and students, interact with programs that are relevant to your industry, and deepen connections across campus. Upcoming relevant sponsorship opportunities include:

ECRC Corporate Partner Program

Date: Ongoing
Location: Rackham Auditorium

Girls Encoded

Date: Ongoing
Location: Ross School of Business Colloquium

Michigan Hyperloop – Sponsorships – About

Date: Ongoing
Location: Engineering

NOiR Runway Fashion

Date: Annual, TBD
Location: U-M Campus

Michigan Ross Datathon

Date: February 22, 2018
Location: Ross School of Business

2018 Society of Environmental Journalists Conference

Date: October 3-7, 2018
Location: UM-Flint


2018 Engineering Graduate Symposium

Date: October 26, 2018
Location: College of Engineering

Tauber Global Operations Conference

Date: November 8-9, 2018
Location: Ross School of Business

Transportation, Economics, Energy & the Environment Conference

Date: October 25-26, 2018
Location: U-M Golf Course Clubhouse