The Talent Incubator Program (TIP) is an industry-sponsored research program that hires top Industrial Distribution students to work part-time on company research projects. Since 2010, it has matched more than 345 promising students with over 150 company sponsors to produce more than 200 completed research projects.
How TIP Works
Every spring, interested students submit their applications with the Talent Incubator and complete an interview process, with hiring decisions being made during the summer. In the following fall, the chosen students will be matched with an industry project to complete during a paid internship for a company sponsor. For nine months (two semesters), the groups of students will conduct research, create project deliverables, and regularly meet with their sponsor companies to discuss projects. The second semester culminates in a final presentation to the sponsor’s executives.
How to Apply
If you are interested in joining the Talent Incubator Program you should attend a TIP presentation. Students can apply by sending their resumes to Dr. Esther Rodriguez Silva at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Talent Incubator provides a tremendous opportunity to the students; sponsor companies often decide to hire impressive researchers for summer internships or even full-time positions.
TIP Focus Areas
Digital Strategies and E-Platform
Market Intelligence Growth
Operations and Supply Chain
Pricing and Finance
Supplier and Channel Management
Why Join TIP?
Program Benefits for Students
- Earn money for building your skills and increasing your value as a potential employee
- Perform research in an area of your interest
- Develop critical research, project, and time-management skills
- Apply concepts, theory, and tools just learned in courses to a practical project environment
- Acquire an edge over competition on the future job market
- Secure foundation for future success
Program Benefits for Sponsors
- Employ teams composed of top students, faculty, and researchers to gain access to new and innovative ideas
- Discover and share best practices
- Cultivate a team that is knowledgeable about your company’s practices
- Access a pipeline of skilled, motivated potential employees
- Spread awareness throughout the Industrial Distribution Program
“The topics discussed in this course was spot on with my everyday environment with my company. I’m excited to get back to work and share and implement these tactics in my everyday environment.”
“Great course! A lot of information, but did a good job of segmenting it for retention. Can’t wait to go through my notes and book to implement some new strategies to help grow and be more profitable”
“I now lead our projects team for Southern California with about 2 dozen direct reports. I am absolutely loving my job and can’t thank you enough of what you and the TIP did for me.”
“I enjoyed getting a look at different department processes. Sometimes we get tunnel vision in our own department that we forget how all the departments work together.”
“It was an honor to listen and participate in such a successful program at the prestigious Texas A&M. A great mix of financial and psychological business practices that helped to put things into perspective while including participating distributors in team exercises.”
”I look forward to July where I will be joining the Siemens Smart Infrastructure team in New Jersey in the Technical Marketing Leadership and Development Program. I want to say thank you for the opportunity you provided me with TIP and allowing me to grow my professional network. You took a chance on a first generation student and opened so many doors for me. I can not wait to get started and begin contributing to a great organization!”
I thought what the class and Texas A&M had to offer for all participants was more than I expected. This was a wonderful experience and am truly grateful for it. I would highly encourage anyone in the industry to participate if possible.