Partner with the Carlson School

Sponsorship Opportunities

By investing in the Carlson School, top organizations build their brand on campus, gain access to top students, and further the School's ability to attract the best faculty producing award-winning research.

Provide Scholarships or Fellowships

The need for scholarships and fellowships is great. Through gifts of scholarships (undergraduate students) and fellowships (graduate students), donors provide opportunities that transform lives for talented students from a variety of backgrounds. Scholarships and fellowships can be talent-based, needs-based, or reserved for specific majors or diversity initiatives, including MBA Fellowships for Women or Military Veterans.

Sponsor Undergraduate or Graduate Programs and Events

The Carlson School hosts a number of programs and events for undergraduate and graduate students throughout the school year. These enrich the student experience by developing student skills in leadership, global understanding, experiential learning, social philanthropy, and entrepreneurship. 

Leadership & Entrepreneurship Events:

  • Business Week
  • Leadershape
  • Minnesota Cup

Case Competitions:

The following company-sponsored case competitions provide real-world experience for Carlson School students. Depending on the case competition you'd like to sponsor, there are various levels of sponsor benefits for your organization.

  • Undergraduate Case Competition
  • Undergraduate MIS Case Competition
  • Undergraduate Supply Chain & Operations Case Competition
  • MBA Elite 8 Brand Management Case Competitio
  • International HR Case Competition

Diversity Programs:

  • Gopher Business

Sponsor an International Live Case

The Carlson Global Institute arranges study abroad opportunities for Carlson School students, including opportunities for working on live cases at corporate locations abroad. You organization can help develop future global leaders by sponsoring a live case for undergraduate or graduate students at one of your locations abroad.

Sponsor Conferences and Public Events

The Carlson School hosts a number of public events, including the Women's Leadership Conference, Minnesota Cup entrepreneur competition, and HR Tomorrow Conference. These events bring together a large number of professionals from across the state and nation, and each event provides of number of sponsorship opportunities.

Fund a Professorship or Endowed Chair

Professorships and chairs are funded beyond salary and budget allocations to allow faculty to expand their teaching and research activities. To be selected for a professorship or chair is a prestigious honor, and greatly influences faculty decisions to join or stay at the Carlson School in the face of competing offers from other top business schools.

An endowed chair is supported by income from an endowment and it has a long-term benefit to the school, the faculty, the students and the donor. The purpose of the endowment fund is to assist the Carlson School in recruiting, supporting, and retaining outstanding faculty members by providing funds that supplement other sources of faculty support.

The endowment fund will provide incentives for outstanding scholars to join or to remain on the University faculty, or for encouraging junior faculty with outstanding leadership potential to grow and develop their careers at the Carlson School of Management.  These funds are intended to provide a margin of excellence above and beyond core faculty funding from other sources.

Volunteer as a Speaker or Mentor

Professionals from all industries are valuable resources to students. Consider offering your unique professional insight by becoming a speaker in a class or a mentor to a student.

Host a Corporate Site Visit

Host students at your company to give them a unique perspective of your industry, and for your company to interact with potential future employees.

Engage with Student Organizations

With more than 40 undergraduate and graduate student organizations, your company can engage with students  by providing speakers for club meetings and sponsoring club events. To find a student organization that matches your area of expertise or interest, see the list of current student organizations.

Partner with Us

To learn more about ways to partner with the Carlson School and increase your company's brand on campus, contact Kara Hedlund in Corporate Relations at

Special Thanks to Our Corporate Associates

We want to recognize our corporate partners who make significant contributions to the Carlson School in the past year through cumulative gifts of $25,000 and above:

  • 3M Company
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Inc
  • Boston Scientific Corporation
  • Carlson Companies
  • Deloitte LLP
  • Eaton
  • Ecolab Inc
  • Ernst & Young LLP a
  • Fairview Health Services
  • General Mills Inc
  • Graco
  • HealthPartners Inc
  • Land O' Lakes Inc
  • Medtronic Inc
  • Minnesota Society of CPAs
  • Polaris Industries
  • Social Venture Partners Minnesota
  • State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
  • Target Corporation
  • The Mosaic Company
  • Travelers
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • Wells Fargo
  • Whaley Foundation