SFI Knowledge Catalyst
Connect with Master’s and PhD students from our six academic partner institutions across Switzerland through our SFI Knowledge Catalyst program. The goal of the program is to bring academic expertise to corporate partners while allowing students to gain important insights from, and apply their learning to, real industrial situations through a fruitful exchange of knowledge in the following ways:
The corporate partner defines the research question and the scope of the project that is to be assigned to a student. Study and analysis are conducted as part of a research paper, such as a Master’s thesis, and the results and recommendations are presented to the company. Students may work part-time for the company for the duration of the study or manage the project by themselves while receiving coaching from the corporate partner.
A team of up to six Master’s students from the University of Lugano conducts a consultancy project for a corporate partner. The project always starts in February and after four months the student team presents its findings to the corporate partner. The projects are supervised by an SFI professor, who provides students with guidelines and ensures that the project is on track and aligned with the corporate partner’s expectations.
Students are employed as interns. They may work full- or part-time for the company, eventually in combination with a research project such as their Master’s thesis. Workload, schedule, and conditions are negotiated between the company and the student.
Are you a finance practitioner looking for smart students to support you? Submit your request directly to Ms Désirée Spörndli, email@example.com.
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Read how corporate partners like you have benefited from working with students and take a look at the results that have been achieved through this exchange of knowledge.