News from the Business Engagement Center: SCIA announcement and BEC events


BEC Closes 2017 Round of Small Company Internship Awards (SCIA)

In partnership with the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN), the Business Engagement Center (BEC) awarded 13 companies in southeast Michigan matching grant funds from the Small Company Internship Award (SCIA). The SCIA program provides funding support to small businesses in the region to hire students for a 12-week internship or co-op position.

Students from CECS, COB and CASL were placed with growing small companies that pay an average of $15 per hour; many of these students are offered long-term positions within the company. This is mutually beneficial for both the company looking to fill critical talent shortages and the student who gains more in-depth and cross-functional learning opportunities only offered by a small company.

Learn more about MCRN and the Small Company Internship Award. 

Events and Corporate Engagement

Upcoming Events

CPT Workshop – May 25
In partnership with the Global Talent Retention Initiative (GRTI) of Michigan, the Office of International Affairs, Business Engagement Center, Career Services and Internship Career Management Center have collaborated to assist the growing population of international students during a CPT Workshop on Thursday, May 25, at 4:30-6 p.m. at the Union, Room 116. This event will provide career coaching, interview techniques and professional readiness resources.

For additional details and comments please contact Arlynn Dailey,

Hitachi Faculty Matchmaker – June 1
The BEC connects faculty to various opportunities to showcase their research and connect with companies interested in spurring innovation and problem solving through applied research. In an effort to increase potential faculty research opportunities, the BEC hosts faculty matchmakers with key corporate partners. Development personnel from Hitachi will visit campus on June 1, with CECS faculty conducting presentations to initiate potential research partnerships and collaboration.

Hitachi Research Interests:

  • Cybersecurity
  • In-Vehicle Network
  • Human-Machine Interface
  • Manufacturing
  • Sensors

Siemens “Team Center” PLM software presentation – June – Date TBD
Siemens representatives will provide an in-depth learning experience on the company’s Team Center PLM software and how it can support 21st century learning opportunities for faculty and students. Representatives from the Siemens Academic Partnership Program will also be present to provide additional information on grant opportunities for PLM integration on campus.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Jacob Albers, relationship manager, at or 313-593-5675.

Event Recaps

Valassis – Meet and Greet
On April 7, 13 students took part in the Valassis Inside Peek: A Corporate Meet and Greet to learn about career opportunities at the company. Valassis, an intelligent media solutions company in Livonia, was established in 1970 and has grown into an industry leader in print and digital solutions. One UM-Dearborn student commented, “The experience I had at the VIP event has been a great asset during my interviews with Valassis. It was well organized and provided a clear look at what Valassis wants from their employees, and the direction they want to go in as a company.”

DTE MatchmakerDTE Energy Faculty Matchmaker
On May 8, six faculty from the College of Engineering and Computer Science met with DTE Energy leadership during a research matchmaker. Nearly 20 executives from DTE’s various divisions, such as major enterprise projects, renewable energy, nuclear engineering and human resources heard presentations from faculty related to electric power engineering, electrical transmission, nuclear, gas and engineering project management. The matchmaker concluded with a networking session and group discussion regarding future opportunities to partner on applied research.

2nd Annual Finance Forum
The ICMC in COB hosted the 2nd Annual Finance Forum and panel discussion to help students identify the various career tracks in finance, as well as a networking session with local executives. More than 10 students attended this exclusive COB event with finance professionals from Henry Ford, Key Bank, Raymond James and The Detroit Land Bank Authority.

“Students should get as much exposure with internships as possible.” said Kelly Farrell, financial analyst for the Detroit Land Bank Authority. “You learn by doing and that will help guide what direction you’d like to go in with your career.“ Event moderator and director of the ICMC, Mike Callahan, said, “This event is for those who have an interest in the finance field or not sure what a career in finance could be. Providing our students with an opportunity like this is helpful.”

For additional questions and/or participation with this event please contact the Internship & Career Management Center at FCN Suite 285.

Philanthropy Update

The BEC has averaged over $58,000 in monthly gifts from corporations in FY17. Collectively, BEC staff members average more than 30 monthly meetings with small businesses and corporations. These connections facilitate increased opportunities for student and faculty engagement, such as two-four monthly events with companies on topics related to internship/co-op, employment, research opportunities and more.

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