The Partnership@CS program is an unique opportunity for the UBC Computer Science Department to foster meaningful collaboration with industry partners, alumni, and community members. The program provides opportunities for interacting with our 2,200+ students, 20,000+ alumni, and 60+ faculty members through a variety of research, student enrichment, and diversity programs. Companies will be able to increase brand awareness and recruit talent by providing funding and mentorship to help build leadership, job search, and other soft skills among our students.
Becoming a partner will enable your company to set up collaborative opportunities with our faculty members and graduate students by working together on cutting edge research and providing solutions to real life challenges. We also provide a variety of programs to enable both alumni and community members to forge meaningful relationships with our strong and diverse student body. We hope Partnership@cs will provide a structured way for industry and our department to engage with each other and to build a cohesive, integrated and diverse local tech community.
Our industrial partners choose to engage with us for a diverse set of reasons. These include:
- Direct undergraduate and graduate student recruitment.
- Raising organization profile among alumni.
- Increasing diversity in the workplace.
- Increasing knowledge of ongoing and emerging faculty research projects.
- Direct access to student leaders.
- Providing volunteer and mentorship opportunities for current employees.
The partnership program provides opportunities for engaging a diverse set of tech communities associated with the department, including:
- Current undergraduate students
- Current graduate students
- Past alumni
- Industry professionals
- LGBTQ+ students
- Female students
- Student leaders
- Instructional faculty
- Educational leadership faculty
- Research faculty
The overall goal of the partnership program is to provide engagement opportunities between the computer science department and our industrial partners. To facilitate this, we host a diverse set of events. We have found events that provide value to multiple stakeholders or are interactive (e.g., interview practice sessions) are more successful than more one-sided or static opportunities (e.g., employer information sessions). Joining the partnership program increases the visibility of your organization within the department and enables us to allocate departmental resources for organizing your on-campus events. Membership is crucial for enabling us to support these engagement opportunities: all partnership program revenues are directly used for these educational engagement events. That said, there is a finite capacity for holding these events due to space, staff, and student schedules and we encourage all partners to be in touch as proactively as possible so we can coordinate engagement opportunities.
Direct Recruitment (DR)
Tech Career Fair
Exhibitor booth at technical career fair win an audience of ~2000 current students and upcoming new graduates. Recruit for your company’s co-op, internship and new grad opportunities. Opportunity to reserve premium spots (larger corner booths) for additional fee.
SME Tech Talks
Local small to mid-size (SME) enterprises present to students about interesting/cutting edge technologies developed or used by them. Talk can also include information about roles available for co-op, intern, and new grads within the company.
Company Onsite Events
Hosting CS student-focused event at your company (e.g. company open house, panel, onsite hackathon or other technical challenge). CS department provides support for developing event topic, as well as marketing and organizational support.
Increasing Workplace Diversity (WD)
Career Development/Job Search Workshops
Companies present career development or job search topics content with a specific diversity focus to CS students – or actively interact with students in workshops facilitated by CS department staff. (More detailed description of this available below in RCP section).
Opportunity for company employees to participate as panelists on workplace diversity-related topics related to their personal experiences and expertise (See RCP section for more details).
Provide support to specific underrepresented groups within the CS student body (e.g. female students, LGBTQ+ students). Could be specific event sponsorship, mentorship, or support for groups’ activities or events.
Diversity in Computer Science Conference Support
Provide support to CS underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students to attend conferences.
Access to Student Leaders (SL)
Networking Event with Student Leaders
In a smaller networking session, interact directly with CS students who've demonstrated leadership skills. Students will include student club executives, departmental committee student representatives and outreach coordinators.
ACM Programming Team Sponsorship
Become a key sponsor of the UBC CS student ACM programming team at the ACM ICPC World Finals. The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) is a two-tiered competition among teams of three students representing institutions of higher education. Teams first compete in regional contests held around the world from September to November each year. Top teams from each regional contest qualify for advancement to the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals, typically held the following May.
Increasing Knowledge of Cutting-Edge Research (R)
CS Research Day
UBC faculty and graduate students present their current research to local company representatives, followed by a networking event.
Distinguished Lecture Series
These seminars showcase outstanding researchers in the field of computer science, giving them a forum to present their views and ideas to students, faculty, alumni and the interested public.
Raising Company Profile as Employer of Choice for CS Students and Alumni (RCP)
Computer Science Tri-Mentoring Program
This program connects CS students with experienced industry professionals and with fellow students, through a mix of individual mentorship and networking events. With a mentor’s help students work towards careers-related goals, meet new friends, gain different career perspectives, and become part of the larger Vancouver tech community. Program sponsors have a designated space at tri-mentoring networking events for displaying marketing materials and interacting with students or alumni interested in career options with the company. Sponsors are also invited to have their employees participate as industry mentors.
Opportunity for company employees to participate as industry panelists on Computer Science career development-related topics related to their personal experiences and expertise. Target audience is current CS students. Employees gain public speaking experience and the opportunity to interact with other professionals - while building CS students’ knowledge.
Career Development/Job Search Workshops
Companies present career development or job search topics content to CS students – or actively interact with students in workshops facilitated by CS department staff. Some potential topics include: resume writing, LinkedIn profiles and online presence, effective job search approaches, personal project development, networking for introverts, preparing for career fair attendance, professional etiquette and behavior, and technical interview skills practice.
Recognition via Social Media and CS Website
Your company is officially recognized as UBC CS industry affiliates partner on UBC Computer Science website, and in UBC CS social media posts related to sponsored events.
Imagine Day Open House Booth
Participate in CS department open house for students on the 1st day of term (Imagine Day). Open house exhibitors include company sponsors, CS faculty and staff, and CS student clubs. Enjoy a designated booth for displaying marketing materials and interacting with students interested in potential career options with your company. Opportunity to provide feedback and tips to students regarding resumes, interviews and your company’s application process.
Alumni Engagement (AE)
CS Alumni/Industry Lecture Series
This series is designed for UBC CS alumni to network and share information with each other and to meet other professionals in the IT field. Each of our presenters is a UBC CS alumni working in the local industry. They will be talking about new programming techniques, up and coming industry trends, and lessons learned by successful industry experts.
CS Alumni Pub Night
Annual social and networking event for UBC CS alumni. Program sponsors have a designated space for displaying marketing materials and interacting with alumni interested in potential career options with the company.
Partners can choose to be involved in the events that make the most sense given the needs of the the student body, the needs of the partner, and the department's goals. A range of activities that partners could become involved with are given below:
- Sept. (1st week) – Imagine Day booth (up to 4 booths) undergrad
- Sept (1st week) – diversity event undergrad
- Sept (2nd week) – tech talk or job search-related industry event undergrad
- Sept (3rd week) – 1st fall tri-mentoring kickoff undergradgradalumni
- Sept (4th week) – Distinguished lecture series research
- Oct (1st week) – 2nd fall tri-mentoring kickoff undergrad
- Oct (mid Oct) – grad school info sessiongradresearch
- Oct (4th week) – Distinguished lecture series research
- Early Nov – tech talk or job search-related industry event undergrad
- Early Nov – ACM regional competition hosting (2 years on, 2 years off) undergrad
- Mid-November – tech interview practice session undergrad
- Mid to end of Nov – diversity event undergrad
- Nov (4th week) – Distinguished lecture series research
- Late Nov – alumni lecture alumniresearch
- Jan (2nd week) – informal USRA discussion forum with profsundergradresearch
- Jan (2nd week) - tech talk or job search-related industry event undergrad
- Jan (2nd or 3rd week) – diversity event as prep for tech career fair undergrad
- Jan (3rd week) – tech interview practice session undergrad
- Jan (last week) – tech career fair undergrad
- Jan (last week) – alumni industry lecture alumniresearch
- Feb (Reading Week) – onsite company event (open house) – up to 2 undergrad
- Feb (last week) - tech talk or job search-related industry event undergrad
- Feb (last week) – Distinguished lecture series research
- March (1st or 2nd week) – diversity event undergrad
- March (mid March) - student leadership networking event undergrad
- March (last week) – alumni industry lecture alumniresearch
- March (last week) – tri-mentoring industry panel and wrap up reception undergrad
- Late April – research/industry night for grad students and facultygradalumniresearch
- May (1st 2 weeks) – onsite company event (open house) – up to 2 undergrad
- May (last week) – Distinguished lecture series research
- June (1st 2 weeks) – onsite company event (open house) – up to 1 undergrad
- Early June – alumni pub night alumni
- Early July – tri-mentoring kickoff event – 1 undergrad
We are always excited to hear from you. Please send us an email at email@example.com and we would be happy to talk to you about what type of partnership your organization is interested in!
We are grateful for the support of our many existing industrial partners, and welcome your participation.
Tech Career Fair Premium Sponsors
Communications Security Establishment
Tech Career Fair Standard Sponsors
Aquatic Informatics Inc.
BC Pension Corporation
FDM Group Canada
Finger Food Advanced Technology Group
Global Relay Communications
Insurance Corporation of BC
JOMAR Softcorp Services Inc
Motion Metrics International Corp
New Creation Consulting