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Corporate Opportunities

Developing partnerships to drive business forward 

The world's top companies are drawn to The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign because of our global reputation for leadership in engineering research and education. The Illinois environment offers a distinctive combination of the brightest people and a unique culture of collaboration and innovation.

Outside support makes many of The Grainger College of Engineering’s activities possible. Through different methods of partnership, companies can engage with faculty and students by supporting their missions. Companies can also use partnerships to recruit interns and new-hires, as well as further their own research and development needs.

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Philanthropy

Giving back to the community that allows Grainger Engineering to thrive is fundamental to the mission of Illinois. From programs for budding engineers to support for underrepresented groups, we make it our mission to spread the knowledge and possibilities that come from a world-class engineering institution.

Recruitment

Grainger Engineering alumni are some of the most sought after members of the workforce, so get a foot in the door early for recruiting Grainger Engineering students for internships and for jobs after graduation.

Research

Research is at the heart of what makes Grainger Engineering great. Countless innovations have taken place on this campus, and many more will undoubtedly develop with proper support.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

From YouTube to PayPal, some of our generation’s greatest entrepreneurs have come from Grainger Engineering. This innovative spirit is encouraged and developed in every Grainger engineer from undergraduate to faculty member.

Short Courses & Custom Programs

Grainger Engineering’s Short Courses for Professionals focus on applications of advanced technical topics, developed and delivered by leading experts across multiple areas of unique expertise. These small, in-person programs are structured to optimize engagement, discussion, and hands-on learning.

"I'm interning as a software engineer at Signal in Chicago this semester, and this company is fantastic! I love the open office format, the stand-up meetings, and the coding experience I'm gaining here."

Riqui Li, Computer Science '20
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City Scholars

Grainger Engineering graduates are fueling today’s top companies, but not enough of them are reinvesting their skills and building their careers in Chicago long term. Partnering with the City Scholars program can help you identify, hire, and retain some of the world’s most talented engineers and computer scientists to compete with coastal markets and build Chicago’s tech workforce.

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Research Park

Located on campus, the Research Park has more than 120+ companies and growing, employing 2,100 people in high-technology careers. At any given time more than 800 student interns are gaining valuable experiential learning and work experience while making real contributions to internal corporate R&D and product development programs.

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Siebel Center for Design

The new Siebel Center for Design (SCD) is one component of a larger cross-campus, multidisciplinary effort to harness the potential of design thinking and design learning in our teaching, research, and engagement. Through this effort, we will channel our students’ outstanding talents to develop expertise, passion, and creativity toward issues and lives of consequence.

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