Carnegie Mellon University

MSCF Corporate Partnerships

Through a wide variety of targeted engagement opportunities, companies can benefit from strategic corporate partnerships with MSCF that will advance the company's goals and enhance the student experience. Below are five ways you can engage with us in 2021.

Sponsoring a project for the MSCF Machine Learning Capstone Project Course is a special opportunity to partner with the next generation of quantitative finance talent. The course itself builds on concepts and skills taught in MSCF’s five-course data science curriculum. Second-year MSCF students work as teams on data mining, modeling and visualization techniques along with statistical and machine learning methods to address real-world challenges corporate sponsors select in coordination with faculty. Projects run for 14-weeks, concluding with a final report and presentation to company sponsors. 2020 sponsors included major companies including Fidelity, Morgan Stanley, Citi, PNC and Voya, as well as growing companies such as Secor-AM, Fora Capital and  Light Sky Macro. 

In our increasingly global world, valuable innovation arises both within and outside a company, and research universities like Carnegie Mellon University have become major partners for innovation with industry. One of the many ways companies can work with CMU is through sponsored research projects, which involve engaging company research efforts with CMU researchers and students. Companies might partner on their research efforts for a variety of reasons. They may wish to make the best use of limited corporate resources, or to take advantage of unique research facilities, or to engage faculty and students in questions that will impact the future of the world. As a major research university, CMU receives a significant portion of its funding from organizations that directly engage in sponsored research projects. Usually awarded upon submission and evaluation of a proposal, sponsored projects typically include a statement of work, a budget, and terms for the disposition of resulting tangible and intangible property.

Companies can sponsor numerous MSCF activities which promote diversity and inclusion. Sponsoring of admissions outreach to underserved groups enhance the diversity of the MSCF student body and your future talent pool. MSCF Fellowships are vital to recruiting and retaining a diverse pool of candidates. Orientation programming helps students move out of their comfort zones to connect and understand those of different backgrounds and how to optimally function in cross cultural teams. Student mentoring by peers and alumni help acclimate them to the classroom, internships, and full time positions. Leadership coaching builds awareness of nonverbal cues and communication, understanding biases, and creating a comfortable environment through empathy, understanding and appreciation of the worldview of others.

Today's students are tomorrow's employees, managers, researchers, and executives. Engage with top talent by sponsoring fellowships, student competitions, career treks, clubs and club events. Sponsor opportunities are also available for our speaker series, alumni networking events and fireside chats.

Our new space in Pittsburgh, TCS Hall, is located at the doorstep of Carnegie Mellon’s campus. MSCF shares CMU’s newest building with the School of Computer Science and Carnegie Mellon’s Business Engagement Center. Pittsburgh and New York naming opportunitues now available will allow your company to support Carnegie Mellon in a highly visible way to students, faculty and corporate partners of CMU.