Engineering students presenting information during Engineers Week 2014.

Increase Your Presence

Organization Sponsored Projects

While traditional summer internship arrangements are most common, opportunities exist to sponsor real-world projects during the academic year as well in which students, faculty, and your organization work together on a project related to your business needs. This model often leads to additional projects for students during the summer months.

Undergraduate Research and Consulting 

Experiential learning, research and consulting opportunities provide students with real-world problems on which to work. Possible subject areas for collaboration and relevant topics can be identified by your organization, students and Miami faculty. B1TS, Kotawi Digital and Miami Business Consulting are examples of student-managed consulting groups.

Scholarship Support

Recruitment of top Miami students in nearly all fields of study remains very competitive. A named scholarship or graduate assistantship provides added visibility among Miami students and faculty and raises awareness of your brand and relevant opportunities within your organization.

These opportunities work best when combined. For example, students who are selected as ‘on campus’ interns and receive a scholarship to support their work on appropriate projects during the academic year. They are thus prepared for full-time internships and project work with your organization during the summer. A more in-depth capstone project may follow, worked on by a group of 3 – 5 seniors for the entire academic year. This cycle of engagement involves your organization with students and faculty in targeted majors, and can be extended through additional points of collaboration.

Please contact Lesley Pihlajamaki for more information about opportunities which can benefit your organization.


Career Fairs and Supporting Events

There are multiple opportunities to establish connections with faculty, distribute collateral material, and reinforce brand awareness on campus. These events can augment traditional recruitment efforts and may be targeted to specific majors and student groups aligned with your organization’s focus areas.

Hosting a day-long series of events on campus focused on your organization and congruent with one of Miami’s annual career fairs, can provide students and faculty an opportunity to learn about your needs and specific areas of interest related to Miami programs and departments. For information about career fairs and related events, please contact our Career Fair Coordinator.

Externships, Job Shadowing and Site Visits

Real life, practical experience is an important component to a Miami education. For Miami students who are interested in finding out more about a particular field or profession, applying their coursework to a real life setting, or identify potential career paths, externships and job shadows are a good way to gain knowledge and meet professionals currently working in the field.

These opportunities, similar to internships but much shorter in length, generally involve a student shadowing a professional through a normal day’s activities and may include informational interviews, a tour of the facility, participation in actual office projects, and interviews with people working in other offices or departments.

Hosting a site visit as part of a class or experiental program is another opportunity for your organization to build relationships with students and faculty. Miami's many "study away" programs, such as Inside Hollywood, Inside NYC Media, Wall Street Week, Chicago Finance Week, Chicago PR, Media and Advertising Week, Chicago Arts and Science, the San Francisco and Cincinnati Digital Innovation Centers, and Inside Washington, D.C., are extremely effective platforms for hosting site visits.

Externships, job shadows and site visits are not only a valuable resource to Miami students; they can increase the awareness of your organization on campus and provide an early introduction to Miami’s talent pipeline. If you are interested in hosting a Miami student, please contact Lesley Pihlajamaki.

Campus Presentations and Information Sessions

Some organizations hold information sessions or receptions on the evening preceding their interviewing visit. If you wish to arrange such a pre-night:

  1. Please go to Handshake
  2. Select events
  3. Request an information session

For information sessions without refreshments, a classroom will be scheduled upon request by our Recruiting Coordinator. For information sessions or receptions with refreshments, you need to make arrangements with either Shriver Center (513-529-2649) or the Marcum Hotel and Conference Center (513-529-6911). A nominal fee is charged; audiovisual equipment may be reserved at either facility. The Center for Career Exploration & Success can also assist you in scheduling a virtual information session through WebEx.

Please inform our Recruiting Coordinator, Crissy Jessie, of your plans at least four weeks prior to your visit.

For information sessions or receptions with refreshments,  please contact Miami University Conference & Event Services at or 513-529-3770. Their event planning staff can arrange banquet and meeting spaces on campus as well as provide all of your catering needs.

For hotel accommodations contact The  Marcum Hotel & Conference Center (513-529-6911). This is the preferred hotel of Miami University and conveniently located right on campus.

You may wish to send e-mail reminders for your pre-night to the students you selected for sign-ups. If you do send a reminder, be certain to include your organization name and the pre-night date, time, and location.

For information sessions/receptions that are open to any interested students, we suggest you contact selected faculty members for possible announcements in their classrooms and/or place an ad in The Miami Student newspaper (513-529-2210). The Center for Career Exploration & Success can also promote your event through our website and social media channels.


Alumni / Executive in Residence

The Center for Career Exploration & Success, in collaboration with division and departmental sponsors, the Alumni Association, and University Advancement, host an Alumni and Executive in Residence program. This program provides an opportunity for Miami graduates and industry executives who are leaders in their field to come to campus and share their knowledge and experience with students, faculty, and staff. Residencies usually last several days and include classroom visits, public lectures, and meetings with faculty and staff.

Guest Speaking Opportunities

The Center for Career Exploration & Success partners with academic departments and divisions as well as student organizations throughout the year to present a variety of classroom discussions and programs to students ranging from skill-building programs on resume writing and interviewing to specialized programs on using social media or searching for jobs in the not-for-profit sector. By volunteering to share your real-world, professional insights, you and your organization can build your brand on campus and establish a presence with Miami students early in the job and internship planning process.

Miami also sponsors a number of career panels and career-related workshops in which presenters speak about selected fields. By participating in these events, you can help students understand the job market, industry trends, various career paths in their field of study and what they can expect after graduation.

If you are interested in being involved in career panels, programs, or workshops, please contact Lesley Pihlajamaki. A searchable directory of the student organizations at Miami is available for review.

Participate as a Mock Interviewer

Miami Center for Career Exploration & Success hosts an active Mock Interviewing program that allows students to practice their interviewing skills, reduce anxiety, and receive feedback before an actual job interview. Trained interviewers and seasoned professionals conduct close to 1000 mock interviews every year.

More information is available on the Mock Interview webpage.

Please contact Kia Nalls at (513) 529-1882. If Kia is unavailable, please contact Jennifer McLaughlin at (513) 529-3847.


Career Partners Program

Partnership Opportunities

In addition to the services available to all employers, Miami is excited to introduce the Career Partners Program. The program offers various levels of sponsorship that enable an organization to maximize recruitment efforts and enhance its brand among Miami’s best and brightest.

Career Partner Program Levels Bronze $5,000 (per year) Silver $10,000 (per year) Gold $15,000 (per year)
Logo on CCES website Y Y Y
Logo on CCES lobby screens Y Y Y
Featured in CCES newsletter article 1 2 3
Employer of the Week on CCES website 1 2 3
Paid Career Fair registration with 2 tables 1 2 2
Additional table(s) per Career Fair (beyond 2 provided) 1 2 3
Priority table selection at Career Fair  3 2  1
Priority on-campus interviewing dates     Y
Registration for Architecture + Design Fair (if applicable)  Y Y Y
Food for Thought: Conversations with Employers   1 2
Webinar 1 1
Faculty reception/lunch 1 1
Reserved Armstrong Student Center parking 1
Executive/Alumni in Residence 1
Career Fair banner for Fall/Spring Career Fairs 1
Naming of a CCES interview room 1
Naming of Career Fair (e.g., McDonald’s Career Fair)

Additional Sponsorship Options

Additional Sponsorship Options Sponsorship Level (per year)
Naming of CCES interview room: annually July–June $3,000
Naming of Architecture + Design Fair $5,000
Membership in the Student-Athlete Career Network $2,000

For More Information…

To learn more about the impact your company can make as a Miami University Career Partner, or "grandfather" policies for current partners, please contact Ryan Gilley via phone at 513-529-2107.