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M.S. in Commerce students and faculty on the Lawn

ISP Sponsorship FAQs

What is ISP?

ISP is a two-month partnership designed to help you solve your firm’s pressing issues and give M.S. in Commerce students the opportunity to collaborate with companies like yours on a real-world problem.

What benefits do companies get from ISP?

  • Detailed and actionable recommendations that provide your company with immediate value
  • Refreshing ideas, inventive thinking, and original perspectives
  • Access to talented students and the ability to raise your company’s profile among future job recruit candidates
  • A stronger relationship with both the McIntire School of Commerce and the University of Virginia
  • Recognition as a McIntire Corporate Partner

How do companies participate?

  • Frame your issue for students
  • Give details via conference calls and email
  • Come to Grounds to watch 15-minute presentations
  • Provide feedback
  • Offer students real-world business experience in a high-stakes situation capable of influencing managerial decisions

What do successful ISP projects look like?

Well-scoped business problems accompanied with specific data are valuable learning tools that yield meaningful insights for sponsors. Consider questions such as "Should our business..."

  • Launch a new product?
  • Enter a new product market?
  • Enter a new geographic market?
  • Build a new plant?
  • Shift an existing product to a new target demographic?

What is the financial commitment for ISP?

ISP sponsorship requires a $15,000 annual contribution to the McIntire School of Commerce. In addition to the many benefits of ISP sponsorship, sponsors also receive benefits and recognition in the McIntire Corporate Partners Program.