Project Connect

The traditional internship, redefined.

The internship scope of Project Connect

For 32 weeks, One Year MBA student teams are paired with companies to work on projects of importance to their corporation or organization. These projects focus on core business processes such as: data analysis, marketing, research, growth strategy, supply chain management, logistics and operations. Participating in Project Connect happens simultaneously with your coursework, providing you with a unique internship opportunity to apply what you are learning with real-time projects. Student teams devote 70- 80 hours per person per project, working with the company to address issues and develop strategies.

Project Connect highlights:

  • Conduct major projects in conjunction with company executives with a diverse teams of students
  • Apply business theory learned in the classroom to develop solutions to real-world projects
  • Hones your critical and creative thinking, as well as your teamwork, leadership, problem-solving and communications skills
  • Strengthens resume and provides access to potential employment opportunities 

2017/18 Project Connect sponsors include:

Alltech Big Ass Solutions Brown-Forman
Bluegrass Distillers Cintas GE Appliances/Haier
Habitat for Humanity Humana
LG&E and KU

RJ Corman

Tempur Sealy


University of Kentucky Healthcare


Past Project Connect sponsors have included:

Belcan Engineering Kaba Mas Ryder
Bullard Keeneland Association  Schneider Electric
Fifth Third Bank Kentucky Blood Center Seikowave
God's Food Pantry Bank Kyocera Sylvania
Hitachi Automotive LBX Company  Toyota
Humana, Inc. LeanCor United Technologies
IBM MakeTime United Way of the Bluegrass
IMG Marketing Navigant Consulting UPS
Innovative Mattress Solutions Papa John's International Vascor 

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Become a Project Connect Sponsor

If your company or organization would like to be considered as a future Project Connect sponsor, then please contact:

Karl Gustafson
Lecturer and Project Connect Leader
Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky | Lexington, KY 40506
859.323.4134 (office) |