Project Connect

The traditional internship, redefined.

Project Connect Scope

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.

Objectives and Deliverables:

  • 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
  • Hone 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

2019/20 Project Connect sponsors include:




GE Appliances/Haier

RJ Corman

Tempur Sealy

University of Kentucky Healthcare



Past Project Connect sponsors have included:

Belcan Engineering Kentucky Blood Center Ryder
Green House 17 Kyocera Schneider Electric
Habitat for Humanity LBX Company Seikowave
Hitachi Automotive LeanCo Sylvania
Humana, Inc. Lexmark Toyota
Johnson Controls LG&E and KU Energy, LLC Trane
IBM MakeTimeUnited Technologies United Technologies
Innovative Mattress Solutions Navigant Consulting United Way of the Bluegrass
Kaba Mas Papa John's International UPS
Keeneland Association Risk Desk 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) |