Resources for Faculty & Staff

Like you, our strategic corporate partners are deeply committed to transformative experiences and making an impact. The Corporate Engagement Center is here to offer resources, expertise, and connections to help build mutually beneficial relationships. We are working across the University to nurture a community of corporate engagement.
Research

Learn how corporate partners can engage with Penn State’s world-class resources to solve their most pressing challenges.

  • Research faculty and staff expertise
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Opportunities to invest and make an impact
Talent

Learn how corporate partners can engage with Penn State’s top-tier talent to build a competitive workforce.

  • Recruiting Events
  • Engaging Students
  • Student Projects
Featured Story
Volvo and Penn State: A model partnership
What began as a research partnership focused on efficient energy solutions has evolved into a well-defined and expertly managed holistic relationship that spans research innovation, robust student engagement, strategic corporate giving, and professional development opportunities.
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faculty and staff have engaged with center resources in FY20
Q&A

Below are some commonly asked questions. Please feel free to contact us with further questions any time.
  • I already have a relationship with a corporate partner, why would I work with the Corporate Engagement Center?

    The Corporate Engagement Center is here to support, not replace your efforts and relationships. The Corporate Engagement Center works alongside faculty and staff throughout the University, in academic colleges, centralized offices, and elsewhere. Our goal is to support, enhance, and strategically coordinate the efforts of these different teams wherever possible. Because we work with teams across the University and within corporations, we often have a “big picture” view of the relationship, opportunities, and goals that lead to deeper, holistic engagement.

  • How do corporate partners begin a research collaboration with Penn State?

    Directors of corporate engagement have developed an intake process to work closely with our strategic corporate partners to determine their goals and areas of interest in order to vet their needs. Then, we help guide them through establishing and nurturing a sound relationship with Penn State researchers, saving time and effort for both our corporate partner and Penn State researchers. We work with the extended team, University leadership, and research databases to help identify appropriate researchers and opportunities based on our partner’s specific needs, arrange introductory meetings or conference calls, and interface with other administrative offices. Our team can connect our partners with the experts at Penn State to employ a Non-Disclosure Agreement, where appropriate, to handle the disclosure and receipt of confidential/proprietary information between company representatives and University researchers. We can also connect partners with the right experts to help them select, very early in the process, the appropriate contract mechanism to achieve their goals within the necessary timeframe. If you feel you have a research opportunity that could be mutually beneficial for the University and a corporate partner, please contact the Corporate Engagement Center.

  • How can I get my corporate-facing event on the Corporate Engagement Center’s calendar of events so that companies are aware of the opportunity?

    Please send the following information to corporations@psu.edu or in the contact form:

    • Name of Event
    • Contact Person (with email and/or phone number)
    • Date of Event
    • Brief Description (with links to event website and/or registration site if applicable)
    • Any Sponsorship Opportunities (with levels and benefits of sponsorship)
  • Does the Corporate Engagement Center work with all companies interested in partnering with Penn State?

    While we offer support and resources for all levels of corporate engagement, the directors of corporate engagement focus on large, multi-national corporations with interest and activity that span Career Services, research, and strategic giving across multiple colleges, campuses, and/or units in the University.

  • How do I work with the Corporate Engagement Center?

    The Corporate Engagement center is committed to maximizing the benefits of strategically aligned, University-industry relationships. Whether you have existing relationships with industry or would like to establish mutually beneficial relationships, you can tap into the center for resources, expertise, and connections.

    Some easy ways to engage with us are:

    • Join meetings before and after corporate visits to stay in the know
    • Check our calendar for corporate-facing events
    • Check the website for new tools and resources (Coming soon)
    • Join the InfoReady and Innovation Gateway mailing lists for research partnership opportunities
    • Participate in faculty and staff trainings
    • Participate in strategy surveys
    • Touch base with your area’s development staff, career service representatives, research deans, and/or industry liaisons to see what’s happening with corporate engagement in your specific college, campus, or unit.
Additional Resources at Penn State

There are so many ways to engage with Penn State. Our team is here to match strategic goals of our corporate partners with those of the University to create lasting holistic relationships.
Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer

Invent Penn State is a $30 million initiative that redefined the University’s land grant mission to include entrepreneurship and innovation programs, tools, and resources that accelerate the movement of great ideas to the marketplace. This coordinated effort spans the University’s 24 campuses, all academic colleges, including the College of Medicine and Penn State Law, and our numerous institutes and centers. Our industry partners can contribute to and benefit from a burgeoning entrepreneurship ecosystem at Penn State.

Workforce Development

From entry-level to executives, Penn State can be your partner in training your workforce and keeping you competitive in today’s rapidly evolving marketplace. Ask our team about:

Penn State Alumni Association

Put the power of Penn State to work for your company! Penn State’s alumni are unparalleled in devotion and loyalty to their alma mater and bringing them together is a unique opportunity for team building within your organization. Their dedication makes the Penn State Alumni Association the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world. Ask us how you can make the most of your Penn Staters’ enthusiasm.

  • Create networking opportunities with your Penn State Alumni
  • Recruit top-tier talent with the help of your Penn State Alumni
  • Energize your employees around your engagement with Penn State