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Industry Affiliates Program

Collaboration with impact. The Center for Data Science operates a fee-based membership program intended for corporate partners who desire personalized assistance with recruiting data science students, want to collaborate on University-grade research challenges, or seek to interact with the Center and support our mission in bespoke ways. 


Benefits of CDS Industry Affiliates Program membership include:


  • Recruiting assistance for internship and employee hiring. IAP members receive individualized support to help them reach the data science students who are most relevant to their needs. We offer guidance in crafting internship and job ads to best attract our students; help lesser-known companies increase “brand awareness” among our students; and support on-campus and online interviews. In addition, CDS IAP members receive full access to all CICS Careers team programs and services at no additional cost.

  • Access to the Data Science Industry Mentorship program. IAP members are able to define semester-length projects for small teams of data science Master’s students. CDS recruits the students; matches them to projects based on skills and interests; and provides faculty oversight, technical support from experienced PhD students, and the required computing resources. Over the course of an academic semester each team works under the guidance of a mentor designated by the sponsoring company. Successful projects often produce publications and facilitate industry recruiting of participating students.

  • Visible roles in on-campus and online data science research events. IAP members are offered opportunities to give presentations, lead workshops, chair sessions, and host networking tables at CDS-led technical meetings. These meetings enable industry data scientists to interact with our faculty and senior researchers as they present their most recent research, and to highlight their accomplishments and challenges.

  • Opportunity to attend, present at or sponsor data science seminars. IAP members gain exposure and access to technical feedback when their scientists present research at our popular Machine Learning & Friends weekly seminar series. Sponsorship opportunities are available to heighten exposure.

  • Access to data science faculty and research. Center staff streamline access for IAP members to data science researchers among our 250+ affiliated faculty, staff, and PhD students. We facilitate meetings of select company members with relevant faculty experts, where industry challenges and sought-after technology can be presented, and solutions, research, emerging technology and trends discussed––potentially leading to joint projects.

  • Opportunities to sponsor student awards and scholarships. IAP members are able to define and sponsor student awards and scholarship programs which provide additional opportunities to engage students and raise company brand awareness.

  • Membership in the CDS Industrial Advisory Board. IAP members are given opportunities to provide input to CDS leadership to help shape our plans for future educational and research programs, as well as the structure and benefits of the Industry Affiliates Program itself.


To join the program and get additional information, please contact us using the form at this page.