What Does It Take?
A limited number of 2011 Industry Sponsored Partnerships will be available soon available. The prospective industry sponsor should begin by identifying a department or area within the company in which a project focus can be developed and a mentor named to guide the team. The primary role of the industry sponsor is strategic not tactical, however the partnership requires 1-2 hours per week of communication with the student team. The industry partnerships that are most successful include:
- A project mentor who has the time and interest to be focused on the experience.
- A project focus that is important enough to the company that resources have been allocated, both human and financial ' but not so critical that the year long process will become burdensome.
- A company that promotes a culture of innovation and creativity and seeks employees who embody those values.
- A company that is within reach geographically so the student team can "breathe the company air" which helps them to own the project.*