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 – NEW PAGE!

Sponsorships

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 and Course Based Engagement

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 NeedCollege/School/UnitProject Sponsor’s CostSubmission Deadline for ProposalsContact
SCHOOL FOR THE ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY
Policy recommendations, sustainability analysis, landscape designs, natural resource management plans expensesProject is conducted on a two-year cycleAshley RichardsonSchool for Environment & Sustainability Master’s ProjectStudent travel and other project-relatedProject is conducted on a two-year cycleAshley Richardson 734.764.8088
FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY
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 578: "Strategic Public Policy Consulting"Minimal CostJune 1 for fall term (September-December)October 15 for winter term (January-April)Cindy Bank 734.647.7843
ROSS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
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$35K participation fee plus student salaries and travel ($25K for first time sponsors)December 1 for May-August summer projectsRaymond Muscat 734.763.4160
Develop advertising campaign strategyStephen M. Ross School of BusinessNoneSeptember 30Katherine Burson 734.764.6873
 Marketing strategy, market analysis, market entry, strategic planning, financial modeling, sustainability, product launch, operations processes, mergers, and acquisitionsStephen M. Ross School of Business Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) Program$1-5K plus hosting and student travel expensesVarying dates throughout the yearChris Tarnacki  734.647.7110
Data Analytics, Sourcing planning and rationalization, demand forecasting, risk assessment and mitigation, make vs. buy assessment, logistics network design and optimizationStephen M. Ross School of Business Supply Chain Consulting Studio (SCCS)$15K plus plus hosting and student travel expensesEarly October for winter term projectsChris Tarnacki  734.647.7110
Create and launch a new product or service, establish a new functional unitStephen M. Ross School of Business - Living Business Leadership Experience$50K per academic yearLBLE engagements begin with sponsoring a Winter term MAP project. Deadlines for Winter MAP projects fall in October and November.Mike Barger 734.763.3978

Megan Piersma 734.763.3647
Support for development and implementation of long-term sustainability strategies, Assessments of business sustainability risks and opportunities, Analyses of emerging sustainability issues, Reviews of industry-specific best practicesPartnership Projects at the Erb InstituteModest stipend (generally $1-3k per student) plus travel expenses, if anyProposals accepted year roundMelissa Zaksek 734.615.1684
UM-DEARBORN COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
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 ProjectAugust 15 for Fall term and December 10 for Winter termCharu Chandra 313.593.5258
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Year-long engagement with First Year through Professional Masters’ Students on student projects: prototyping, optimization, operations, programming, app development, engineering.College of Engineering Multidisciplinary Design Program$20KJune 30 commitment for January-December projectsJenn Carlson 734.763.2834
Open-ended design projects that afford teams of students an opportunity to design, build, and test a prototype of a mechanical systemCollege of Engineering ME 450 Design and Manufacturing III$5KAugust 1 for Fall Term, December 1 for Winter TermHeather Cooper 734.764.4064
Mini-consulting projects in Systems Engineering and Design / Global Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering/ Energy Systems Engineering/ Manufacturing Engineering/ Automotive EngineeringCollege of Engineering / Integrative Systems + Design/ Masters in Engineering CapstoneNo cost, but project most successful when student is hired to work as an intern for the semester by the sponsoring company, and project is part of larger jobCourse offered every semester; Proposals accepted year-roundAmy Hartop 734.647.0912
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 DesignProject-dependent; should cover the fabrication, validation, and iteration of mock-ups and prototypesAugust 1 for Fall Term, November 1 for Winter TermRachael Schmedlen 734.763.0575
SCHOOL OF INFORMATION
Students collaborate and innovate on fast-paced, self-driven, semester-long projects, acting as consultants by managing projects, scoping deliverables, executing on mutually-agreed upon outcomes, and creating a plan for sustainable implementation. Project areas include librarianship, digital preservation, data science, and user experience design.School of Information
Design Clinic
NoneAugust 15 for fall term projects
December 5 for winter term projects
UMSI Client Engagement Team 734.936.8735
Students deliver data-oriented solutions through the development and analysis of data sets, building tools to extract useful information for clients through manipulation, analysis, and visualization.School of Information
SI 485: Data/Information Analysis
NoneAugust 15 for fall term projectsUMSI Client Engagement Team 734.936.8735
Students deliver design solutions to problems that involve user requirements analysis, user research, prototyping, and user experience evaluation.School of Information
SI 487: User Experience Consulting Project
NoneAugust 15 for fall term projectsUMSI Client Engagement Team 734.936.8735
Through meetings and interviews with stakeholders, observations of work practices and information system usage, and examination of artifacts, master's-level graduate students identify, analyze, and recommend solutions for challenges related to products, services, and information processes.School of Information
SI 501: Contextual Inquiry and Consulting Foundations
NoneAugust 15 for fall term projectsUMSI Client Engagement Team 734.936.8735
Students analyze an existing online interaction environment and provide recommendations to help fulfill unmet needs, or provide guidance on the creation of a new online community.School of Information
SI 529: Online Communities
NoneDecember 5 for winter term projectsUMSI Client Engagement Team 734.936.8735
Students conduct interviews with community leaders and collect data from local, state, federal, and international data, building community profiles with relevant demographic information to help better identify community needs and inform community initiatives and outreach.School of Information
SI 547: Engaging with Communities
NoneAugust 15 for fall term projectsUMSI Client Engagement Team 734.936.8735
Present case studies in four areas of accessibility in technology (mobility, hearing, sight, and cognitive) to master's-level graduate students, who spend four weeks per study brainstorming unique, workable solutions to challenges around technology and accessibility.School of Information
SI 552: Technology and Accessibility
NoneAugust 15 for fall term projectsUMSI Client Engagement Team 734.936.8735
Students work with clients to evaluate how well the user experience of their product or service meets the needs of its users, using a variety of methods to identify areas where the product or system succeeds and where it can be better at helping users achieve their goals.School of Information
SI 622: Evaluation of Systems and Services
NoneDecember 5 for winter term projectsUMSI Client Engagement Team 734.936.8735
Have your dataset turned into a useful visualization by a master’s student.School of Information
SI 649: Information Visualization
NonePitches accepted through 4th week of classMatthew Kay 734.763.2285
Students develop plans, procedures, and documentation, and build model sets for the management, archiving, digitization, and curation of large data sets and collections—especially for new types of content and technologies.School of Information
SI 667 & 699: Digital Curation
NoneDecember 5 for winter term projectsUMSI Client Engagement Team 734.936.8735
Students shadow clinicians that work with information, learning and evaluating workflow and information process and developing recommendations for improvement.School of Information
SI 672: Applied Clinical Informatics
NoneDecember 5 for winter term projectsUMSI Client Engagement Team 734.936.8735
Students collect data from the field related to a specific usability challenge articulated by the client, providing creative and compelling solutions supported by extensive user research.School of Information
SI 682: Advanced User Research in the Field
NoneDecember 5 for winter term projectsUMSI Client Engagement Team 734.936.8735
Students interested in libraries and archives take part in or lead special projects and participate in regular duties assigned to librarians or archivists, preparing them for careers in librarianship or archival professions.School of Information
SI 699: Special Projects in Libraries and Archives
NoneDecember 5 for winter term projectsUMSI Client Engagement Team 734.936.8735
Students work with clients to identify potential project areas, then employ user-centered Agile methodologies to conduct research and develop products, applications, or services. Students work with clients to identify potential project areas, then employ user-centered Agile methodologies to conduct research and develop products, applications, or services.SI 699 - User-Centered Agile DevelopmentNoneDecember 5 for winter term projectsUMSI Client Engagement Team 734.936.8735

Sponsorships

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: Annual event in winter, date TBD
Location: Ross School of Business

AI For Society

Date: October 19, 2019
Location: North Campus

 

2018 Engineering Graduate Symposium

Date: October 26, 2019
Location: College of Engineering

Tauber Global Operations Conference

Date: September 13, 2019
Location: Ross School of Business

Transportation, Economics, Energy & the Environment Conference

Date: October 18, 2019
Location: Rackham Graduate School

Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics

Date: November 21-22, 2019
Location: Rackham Graduate School