Business entrepreneurs may not realize that, as a public service, UCSB allows external users to access many of the specialized equipment and facilities on its campus for their own projects at daily or hourly rates. Using UCSB’s facilities under its external user rates (i.e., “recharge rates”) allow new companies to stretch their resources and potential delay acquisition of high cost, specialty equipment. Facilities available for use by external users can be found at: http://industry.ucsb.edu/access/facilities
Each year, UCSB has approximately 20,000 undergrad and 3,000 graduate students, the majority of which want to stay in California after graduation and enjoy the work and lifestyle offered by the Goleta community. The 2012 Freshmen class boasted an average GPA of 3.91 (41% maintained a GPA over 4.0). This translates into a strong potential workforce for your company. UCSB hosts a variety of career fairs and career days to help local companies link to the next generation of talent. Whether seeking skills in accounting, communication, science or engineering, UCSB graduates the nation’s best and brightest every year. To connect with potential hires, consider the following:
UCSB Career Services – UCSB Career Services can help you connect with students through career and internship fairs, or through GauchoLink, where you can post job openings and internships. To learn more, go to: http://career.sa.ucsb.edu/
Capstone Projects – Many UCSB engineering departments require their students to participate in a design forum, where the students apply their education to real-world problems. Companies are invited to submit projects to provide students an opportunity to develop innovative solutions to real industry problems. Sponsoring a Capstone project is also an excellent way to meet and connect with senior-level undergraduates who are interested in your business area. Current Capstone Projects include:
Computer Science, http://capstone.cs.ucsb.edu/
Mechanical Engineering, http://www.me.ucsb.edu/projects/home
Chemical Engineering, http://www.ce.ucsb.edu/undergrad/sr-projects/
Technology Managements Program – The TMP program is a great place for local companies to interact with UC Santa Barbara.
Corporate Affiliates Program – The Corporate Affiliates program connects companies with the UCSB campus.