Sponsor a Student Team

Solve Business Challenges.
Build Your Talent Pipeline.

Partner with Gies to tap into some of the brightest minds in the country. We work with 200 companies per year and the results speak for themselves. 


Sponsor a Project

Projects that work for your business

When you sponsor a project, you’ll have some of the brightest business students in the country working for you. Engage with undergraduates through the Business 301 course or with graduate students through courses like the MBA Consulting Labs or the finance and technology practicum. Or work with a mix of students through Gies-sponsored organizations like Illinois Business Consulting or EntreCORPS. Students work on projects ranging from:

Strategy & Growth

  • Opportunity analysis
  • Feasibility assessment
  • Business plan
  • Supply Chain

Data & Technology

  • Data analytics
  • Data visualization
  • Emerging tech review
  • Tech stack selection

Financial Modeling

  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Portfolio analysis
  • Forecasting
  • Due diligence

Marketing Analysis

  • Value proposition
  • Segmentation
  • Go-to-market plan
  • Competitive study

Previous Clients

  • ADM
  • AT&T
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Edward Jones
  • GE
  • Google
  • KPMG
  • McDonalds
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • State Farm
  • Target
  • Uber
  • Yahoo!
  • Libman Company
  • Monical’s Pizza
  • Human Kinetics
  • Klein Tools
  • Game Plan Creative
  • Lockton Companies
  • Mahomet Area Youth Club
  • Easter Seals
  • Big Dreams for Little Hearts
  • Lechler
  • Cozad Asset Management
  • VPC Innovations
  • CPO Commerce

How it works

Projects are conducted in the Fall (September–December) and Spring (January–May) semesters. A typical project lasts 16 weeks.


Client Expectations

Learning by doing projects are part of the students’ education. We work with clients who invest in the development of our students. When a client is engaged and committed, students reciprocate with enthusiasm and dedication to the project.

Specifically, clients are expected to:


  • Hold a weekly call with the student team
  • Provide the team with a company point of contact at all times
  • Stay within the project scope
  • Respond in a timely manner and provide access to necessary data
  • Provide clear feedback and direction without micromanaging
  • Students are not interns or employees for your organization. Allow them to follow the process and timeline prescribed in their course and by their faculty advisor
  • Show genuine interest in the students

Leadership Team