Frequently Asked Questions
Hire Great Talent
Recruitment of Students
Q: How do I hire LSU students?
- There are a handful of ways the LSU Olinde Career Center can connect you with talented
students and alumni. A consultation meeting with the LSU Olinde Career Center staff
to better understand your hiring needs, timelines, characteristics of ideal candidates
and current recruitment practices would be the ideal first step. A collaboration by
both parties to develop a tailored recruitment plan to optimize success would follow.
Recruitment strategies could include but are not limited to:
- posting vacancies on the free online job board, Careers2Geaux
- maintaining a presence at recruitment events on campus
- hosting interviews in the Recruitment Center on campus through our On Campus Interviewing
program or as your needs arise
- requesting resume referrals for candidates that meet your minimum qualifications
- building your brand through the STAR Employer Program
- connecting with faculty and student organizations in desired disciplines
Q: I would like to connect with LSU students to share employment opportunities currently
available with my company, what avenues does LSU provide?
- The best way to connect with LSU students is through a multi-faceted approach. We’d
- listing vacancies on the free online job board, Careers2Geaux.
- attending recruitment events on campus
- posting to the LSU Olinde Career Center’s social media accounts about your current
needs or successful hires
- working with the LSU Olinde Career Center staff to make direct faculty contacts
- volunteer to guest speak or participate in career-related programming offered by the
LSU Olinde Career Center or other department/unit
Q: Does LSU have an internship program?
- The LSU Olinde Career Center leads the charge in providing internship opportunities
across disciplines; however, LSU internships for course credit are run through the
academic departments. If you would like information on which course would be the best
fit for your internship, contact Kayla Kucharchuk, Experiential Education Manager, LSU Olinde Career Center. Please know that it is
not mandatory for internships to qualify for course credit for the experience to be
considered an “internship.” There are several ways the Olinde Career Center can help
companies create internships and secure interns. Our team can help you to develop
a strategy for utilizing resources across campus whether it is for a new or existing
- Creating Internships
- The Experiential Education team can work with employers directly to create a new internship
or formalize an existing programs. Sample job descriptions, expectation worksheets,
guidance on federal regulations and other key elements to a well-developed internship
program can be discussed and work through collaboratively.
- Hiring Interns
- The same recruitment strategies list above are the starting point for recruiting interns.
In addition, a network of internships liaisons represented within each College ensure
that internships are widely publicized to students.
Solve a Problem
Q: How do I partner with LSU researchers to solve a technical problem my company is
- LSU has more than 1,500 faculty members that work with companies, organizations and
individuals both locally and internationally to solve problems across a wide range
of disciplines. We believe in a solutions-oriented approach that encourages researchers
to collaborate across departments and leverages university assets.
We welcome the opportunity to explore productive partnerships, and invite you to contact
our Office of Research and Economic Development at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on LSU’s research focus areas, current research initiatives, and
facilities and centers, please visit www.lsu.edu/research.
Q: How do I find out what LSU technologies are available for licensing?
- LSU actively works with its researchers to discover, disclose and license technology
with potential commercial impact. The Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization
(ITC) manages LSU's technology portfolio and is responsible for granting licenses
for patented and copyrighted inventions to both existing and startup companies. To
view technologies currently available for license, please visit www.lsu.edu/technologies. For additional information on technology commercialization, please contact the Office
of Innovation and Technology Commercialization at www.lsu.edu/innovation.
Q: My business has an exciting idea for a new product. What resources does LSU have
available to help us develop the idea?
- Through its Office of Innovation and Technology Commercialization (ITC), LSU aligns
research expertise to bring innovations from an idea to the marketplace. OITC evaluates
opportunities across all disciplines by helping to determine the stage of development
of your idea, your organization's development support and the idea's alignment to
the university's research capabilities. Based on that evaluation, there are a number
of ways LSU can then engage with you to accomplish your goals:
- Sponsored Research and Development Projects
- Collaborative Research and Development
- Visiting Scientist Appointments (internal and external)
- Consulting and Service Agreements
- Access to Equipment and Core Research Facilities
- For more information, please visit www.lsu.edu/innovation.
Use of Special Facilities and Equipment
Q: Does LSU rent lab space?
- LSU is home to several incubators, move-in-ready facilities built specifically to
support early- and mid-stage companies and their research. Beyond lab and office space,
tenants in these facilities receive experienced business and technical assistance,
administrative support, and access to university services and resources. For more
information on these facilities, please visit their websites:
Q: Does LSU offer access to research equipment?
- As a major research institution, LSU maintains a significant range of research equipment
through its units, centers and institutes. From high-performance computers to analysis
tools to design, and machining equipment, the university's assets span all academic
disciplines, and depending on the research needs, some equipment may be available
for use. Most importantly, LSU researchers are often available to provide analysis
and project support. For more information on research centers and institutes, please
visit the Office of Research and Economic Development.
Q: What is the PERTT Lab, and can I use it for employee training?
- LSU's Petroleum Engineering Research & Technology Transfer Laboratory (PERTT Lab)
is a 2.5-acre, industrial-scale facility used to simulate oil & gas drilling and production
operations. For all sectors of the petroleum industry, PERTT provides an unparalleled
R&D environment, with cutting-edge testing and fabrication capabilities. PERTT also
serves as a hands-on training facility for industrial workers and an important recruiting
tool for petroleum engineering and related disciplines. With full-time support staff
available, the PERTT Lab provides custom discount pricing for small and start-up companies
developing technologies for the oil & gas industry. For more information on training
employees or to learn about research capabilities, please click here.
Q: What resources does LSU provide for start-up companies?
- LSU offers numerous business incubators, who provide administrative support, connection
to research assets, and assistance on state and local incentives.
- Additionally, many of our faculty also have business experience ranging from start-up
to multinationals. If you're seeking business mentorship, scientific advisors, or
experienced board members, LSU can be a great partner. LSU also manages several programs
specific to start-ups and early technology companies:
- NSF I-Corps Site Program: LSU was recently designated by the National Science Foundation as a site for its
successful I-Corps, an innovative program partnering non-LSU entrepreneurs and business
mentors with research faculty.
- Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute (SEI): A multidisciplinary institute serving LSU and the local business community, SEI
works closely with the LBTC to assist in economic development, entrepreneurial, and
small business development-related endeavors.
- Small Business Innovation Research/Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR): A highly competitive program for small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research
and Development with potential for commercialization. LSU has a strong track record
of spinning out companies who have raised funds via SBIR and STTR programs, and the
University often serves as a collaborator as a subcontractor.
Support Our Programs
Q: How can my company make a gift to support the university?
- Corporate and foundation gifts align LSU’s unique capabilities with opportunities
and challenges across both industry and society. Corporate giving to LSU includes
support for scholarships/fellowships, professorships and faculty chairs, academic
programs, research and capital improvements. To explore how giving represents a gateway
to transformational engagement, please contact Corporate & Foundation Relations at
Q: My company would like to make an equipment donation; can LSU accept it?
- In-kind support drives next-generation education and powers research across LSU’s
land-grant footprint. If you see a gift of equipment, supplies or software as a chance
to partner with LSU, please contact John Gladchuk, Executive Director of Corporate
& Foundation Relations, at email@example.com.
Q: What ways can my company provide support for student activities, projects, events
- In addition to monetary gifts, LSU encourages corporations to engage with our students,
faculty and staff across campus. Whether it’s sponsoring recruitment events, mentoring
students throughout their senior capstone projects or interacting with student organizations
during the school year, we want to pair student strength with your strategic goals.
Q: Does LSU provide opportunities for executives to give lectures or seminars?
- Each year LSU students benefit from opportunities to receive real world advice from
corporate executives through lectures and seminars hosted on campus. We welcome your
company to join us in preparing leaders of tomorrow for our state, region and world.