Carlson is a pre-eminent global business research and education institution, known for having the highest quality faculty researchers and attracting the brightest students and most promising business leaders.

But it is the partnerships we forge with organizations and engaged supporters that truly make the Carlson School great—the partners that hire our graduates and support our students. We need your help. Get engaged today!

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.

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Host a corporate site visit

Host students at your company to give them a unique perspective of your industry—and interact with prospective future employees.

Engage with student organizations

With more than forty 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 matching your expertise or interest, see the list of current student organizations.

Partnership opportunities

By partnering with the Carlson School, top organizations build their brand on campus, gain access to top students and further Carlson’s ability to attract the best faculty and brightest students.

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 and entrepreneurship events:

Diversity programs:

Student and family events:

  • Undergraduate Welcome Week
  • Undergraduate Graduation Celebration
  • MBA Orientation

Case competitions:

Company-sponsored case competitions provide real-world experience for Carlson School students. Depending on the 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 Competition
  • International HR Case Competition

Sponsor a Global Business Practicum Project

The Carlson Global Institute arranges study abroad opportunities for Carlson School students, including opportunities for working on live projects for companies exploring opportunties abroad. Your organization can help develop future global leaders by sponsoring a Global Business Practicum project and at the same time gain a fresh perspective on your global business issue.

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.