Business Partner Program

Connect with the College of Business Diverse Community

The College of Business is a division of San Francisco State University that prepares both undergraduate and graduate students for leadership in the business world to get things done. The College of Business trains and develops highly talented students for the chance to build long-lasting careers with dynamic organizations throughout the world. The College of Business has ten departments that include marketing, finance, accounting, international business, management information systems and more. The College of Business serves the needs of 6,000 students including 500 graduate and 5,500 undergraduates every year. The College of Business is building a Business Partner Program to help forge sustainable long-term business relationships between the business community and the College of Business.

The College of Business has designed a dynamic Business Partner Program to create a cohesive connection between corporations and the College of Business influential community. The Business Partner Programs offers companies a chance to invest in progressive educational programs, leading edge research, and advanced technology centers to propel future leaders. Our Business Partner Program facilitates networking opportunities between executives, students, faculty, staff and alumni to create an open and collaborative environment for thought-provoking conversations regarding the future of business. Through unique activities within the College of Business, business partners may tap into diverse and talented team of students, alumni and faculty. The visibility of business partners may open broader channels to the San Francisco State University rich community to find creative solutions to today’s complex business problems.

The Business Partners Program has various levels for participants to gain access to:

  • The opportunity to give presentations on business topics as part of our industry professional speaker panels.
  • Subject to availability, participate on the College of Business advisory boards.
  • The chance to serve as an Executive-in-Residence at the College of Business.
  • Potential to design custom executive education programs for employees.
  • Offer employees the potential to attend MBA or graduate certificate programs.
  • Recruit undergraduate and graduate business students for internships and career opportunities.
  • Provide employees with options to support future leaders at the College of Business through job shadowing, mentorships, career fairs, firm tours and more.
  • Contributing to a Center and Endowed Chair for Emerging and Developing Economies.

The Business Partnership Program focuses on engaging with companies to make an impact through applied excellence and make things happen.


The Business Partnership Program is the intersection between theory and practice. College of Business students spend countless hours learning about the business world from some of the brightest faculty in the nation. In the Business Partnership Program, the students will get an opportunity to meet professionals in the business world, visit companies to learn about their products and services, and gain practical work experience while pursuing their college degree. And, business professionals will have a chance to share information about their companies through speaker events, mentor students during externships, and connect with potential future candidates for career opportunities at their companies. The Business Partnership Program will create a cohesive community between those studying business theories with those applying business practices everyday.

The goal of the career option is to help companies identify qualified candidates to fill open positions including internships and full-time positions. From our conversations with companies, we understand that companies have a need to fill open positions throughout the year. We have partnered with companies to get in front of students with relevant work experience to share detailed information about marketing, finance, accounting, sales and additional open positions. This provides companies with the chance to cultivate relationships with potential candidates to interview. Through this interaction, our students have been placed in promising roles with companies of all sizes including start-ups and global corporations. From a practical perspective, we found that this approach resonates well with our students and business partners.


The College of Business has the ability to help business partners develop custom executive education programs for their employees. As employee begin to seek new opportunities for advancement, the College of Business can set up a leadership program for those students. Or, if employees are planning to make a lateral move to a different function like finance or accounting, the College of Business can work with those employees to tailor a program that fits their needs. In a practical business environment, business partners need to help their employees gain practical business experience to help them thrive in a competitive business environment. A custom education program can be designed by the College of Business to introduce new skills to business partners’ workforce.

Great business partnerships also provide an opportunity for students at the College of Business to gain valuable hands on experience by learning about applications and systems designed specifically for business partners. Some companies might have financial management systems or customer relationship management systems that the College of Business students can learn about. As they gain valuable practical experiences on these systems, it places them in a solid position to be job ready upon graduation.


Once you find the right people, they need to talk to each other about research projects. The importance of partnership collaboration teams is connecting people with similar work experiences, professional interests, and educational backgrounds to generate ideas and develop action plans for the partnership. You want people in the room that speak the same business language. By attentively listening to each other during collaboration sessions, the teams begin to identify opportunities to partner together on various research projects.


The College of Business is looking to partner with corporations to identify ways to turn investments into practical value for our partners, students, university and the Bay Area community as a whole.

We would like to build centers to allow student and business entrepreneurs to collaborate and generate ideas that can be converted to new commercially viable ventures. With the help of generous business partners, we will be in a positions to potentially develop new business entities, introduce new products to a receptive audience, brainstorm patent ideas with an emphasis on connecting with a commercial market, and find new methods for optimizing the manufacturing processes of global corporations. We envision that we can help with innovating the 21st Century and beyond with building cross academic and business teams that leverage practical initiatives to make a difference in the business world.

Excellence Applied

We believe that investments in our community will help us make a difference in the world. With a diverse student population and world-class faculty and staff members, we can work with business partners to have an impact on healthcare, technology, agriculture, social business and a plethora of industries. We foresee our business partner program as the intersection of identifying and executing practical solutions to complex business problems to make a difference in the world.

At the College of Business, we want to work with business partners to produce results. As you think about your social media strategy that affects privacy and compliance issues for your financial institution, ramping up your workforce during the height of retail season on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, transition your business to the Internet to reach a targeted audience, or utilizing big data to optimize your marketing programs or customer behavior, the College of Business wants to partner with you. We pride ourselves on applying practical knowledge and skills to helping our business partners advance to the next level in their business life cycle.

For more information, please contact Orlando Harris, Executive Director of Marketing and Business Development, at the College of Business.