Top 10 Ways to Engage Your Company with Northwestern
Northwestern University partners with companies of all sizes to advance scholarship, support students, and foster innovative collaborations. Get your company involved at the University. The Office of Corporate Relations can help your company take full advantage of these opportunities. Corporate Relations can also work with you to explore a tailored approach to partnering with the University.
Check with your company’s foundation or philanthropic unit to determine if gifts are matched and what process that requires. If your company does not match donations, encourage them to start or connect with other employees and urge the company’s foundation or corporate responsibility group to match the group total.
Encourage your company’s human resource department to post open positions at Northwestern and attract the very best students and alumni. Northwestern career centers can help your company utilize career fairs, on-campus interviews, informational sessions, and job postings for any type of hire – full-time, part-time, temporary, internships, and externships.
Advance your company’s strategy, technology, and science by initiating connections with the University’s top-tier faculty producing high-tech, cutting-edge research. Connect with your company’s research and development department and other company leaders to discover ways that sponsored research or faculty consulting can benefit your company, while also advancing research and education.
Make Northwestern your company’s go-to provider for continuing education. The University offers a wide array of educational opportunities for employee professional advancement. Leading programs for engineers, corporate counsel, researchers, developing leaders, and executives, are just a few ways Northwestern can serve your company’s professional development and executive education needs.
From big games and large conferences to targeted events, departments, and student groups, your company can partner with athletics, student affairs, art centers, research institutes, or academic departments to gain exposure, reach target audiences, and support campus life. Your company’s marketing and corporate responsibility departments are the best sponsorship connections.
If your company promotes education through its foundation, corporate responsibility group, philanthropy team, or specific interests of C-suite executives, that effort can be complemented through scholarships, fellowships, and other funding to Northwestern students. Student support can be one-time, ongoing, or endowed, depending on your company’s capacity.
By working with procurement, vendor relations, corporate responsibility, and executive leadership, products and excess inventory can be identified for in-kind donation. Companies have donated research equipment, computers, software, tickets, discounts, and other goods and services in the name of advancing higher education and student experiences.
If your company has a volunteer program, talk with your volunteer program administrator about adding Northwestern to the list of volunteer opportunities. Mentoring, advising, and other volunteer opportunities can be set up on an on-demand basis or, if your company would like to more permanently partner with Northwestern, a more formal structure can be created.
Help your company create a constant presence on campus. Scholarships, buildings, professorships, programs, and countless other naming opportunities await. Your executive leadership, philanthropic team, and foundation can be instrumental in endowing key components of research, infrastructure, and access to the Northwestern experience.
Think beyond the C-suite, beyond human resources, beyond philanthropy. Think about this: where is the company going and how can Northwestern help? The Northwestern corporate relations team specializes in working with corporate leaders and customizing engagement packages to meet the needs, wants, and strategies of companies, while maximizing the effect on campus. Contact us and we will assist you at every stage of your corporate partnership with Northwestern.