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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 recommend:
    • 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 opportunity.
  • 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

Research Collaborations

Q: How do I partner with LSU researchers to solve a technical problem my company is currently facing?

  • 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 research@lsu.edu. 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. Visit the Office of Research & Economic Development website for more information on research centers and institutes.

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. Visit the PERTT Lab website to learn more about training employees or research capabilities.

Economic Development

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 cfr@lsufoundation.org.

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 jgladchuk@lsu.edu.

Q: What ways can my company provide support for student activities, projects, events and organizations? 

  • 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.