Corporate and Community Partnerships

We are in the business of difference making. Our students are at the core of everything we do. To build stronger external partnerships, we enhance connections among faculty, our centers of excellenceacademic programs and hands-on learning experiences. Doing so will help us seize opportunities to solve important business and community challenges.

Deliver transformative impact

Our partnership projects include group research projects that conclude with a final deliverable presentation and executive summary. Partnership sponsors choose a project topic relevant to their company.

Gain insights from the next generation of business professionals

Tap into the talent and knowledge of our students, who work on identifying, researching, proposing and/or implementing solutions for real business problems faced by client organizations. Offered as part of graded coursework, partnership projects are completed under the guidance of a faculty member, and are sponsored by organizations that have a clearly defined business challenge and a vested interest in the outcome.

Palumbo-Donahue School of Business students have completed more than 100 consulting projects, applying their skills in finance, business strategy, marketing, information systems and supply chain management to help client organizations with specific business challenges.

Examples of previous partnership projects include:
  • Business plan development
  • Business process improvement
  • Competitive analysis
  • Customer research
  • Financial supplier health analysis
  • Market structure analysis
  • New business feasibility evaluation
  • Systems design and analysis
  • Sustainable business practices
  • Technology strategy development
  • Utilities hedging strategy
  • Web/mobile app development

We partner with a wide range of institutions from fledgling start-ups to small and medium businesses to non-profit organizations to Fortune 500 corporations.

MNC's Regional Govt. & NGOs
Alcoa
Bayer
FedEx Ground
HeinzKraft 
PPG
PwC
UPMC
Westinghouse
CNX Corp
Duquesne Light
Eat ‘n Park
EverPower
Giant Eagle
Highmark
PNC Bank
Tsudis
Allegheny Conference
City of Pittsburgh
Green Building Alliance
PA Environmental Council
PA Resources Council
Sustainable Pittsburgh
Venture Outdoors
YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh

How to apply

Projects typically last one semester. Applications are accepted in the late spring and early summer for the fall semester, and late fall for the spring semester.

For more information or to apply for a project, contact Karen Donovan, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Executive Education.