What is the Corporate Associate Program?
Across the country, business schools and corporations are developing partnerships. These alliances take many forms, but all share the characteristics of being multifaceted, long-lasting, and strategic. The Corporate Associate Program is responsible for developing such partnerships to help companies create a corporate presence at Penn State, specifically within the Smeal College of Business. Having visibility in our environment increases a firm’s ability to explore human resource potential (our 5,200 students), develop relationships with members of our faculty and staff, and create vital linkages with one of the major academic institutions in the world.
The Corporate Associate Program consists primarily of companies who are interested in recruiting our students. These companies contribute thousands of dollars annually in support of a variety of programs at Smeal including: unrestricted support of the school, scholarship assistance, research funds, special gifts, and sponsorship of many student and professional development activities.
Our Corporate Associates are encouraged to become involved with the dynamic and diverse Smeal population as guest speakers in class or at student events, participants in case studies, advisory board members, sponsors of student activities and recruiters of students. Corporate Associates have the opportunity to interact with our world-class faculty and outstanding students as they prepare to accept the leadership reins of tomorrow’s business world.
We invite you to seek our Corporate Associates at the Career Fair, via information sessions, and at the many other recruiting events they hold. They are members of this elite group to establish relationships at multiple levels. Please make it a point to take full advantage of this exclusive resource available to you as a Smeal student.
Corporate Associate members participate in:
- Recruiter in Residence (resume reviews or mock interviews with company reps)
- Guest speakers for the Career Planning & Strategies Class, BA297A
- Company of the Month (company presence in the Business Building Atrium)
- Student Organization events
- Corporate Associate Career Fair