Practicum Project

You're Invited: Practicum Showcase & Alumni Networking Reception on Thursday, December 7, 2017

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At this event at CMU Silicon Valley, INI students will showcase their practicum work in computing, mobile systems and security through dynamic presentations and project exhibits. It's a great way to learn more about practicum sponsorship opportunities and network with current INI students, alumni and industry sponsors. 

How to Sponsor | Recent Sponsors

Bridging the gap between theory and practice

PracticumTeamGuided by renowned Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) faculty, the INI's bicoastal information security and mobility student teams tackle problems, pilot new ideas and develop solutions for corporate sponsors.

Projects span a variety of topics in computing, mobile systems and security, and range from fundamental research to software development. By assisting sponsors in scoping a project, the INI strives to maximize return on investment.

Meaningful Impact

Practicum projects are an outstanding way for companies to work with the smartest people in order to develop and improve ideas. Students leverage their background and experience to provide novel approaches to a project that will have meaningful impact on the company.

Recruitment Opportunity

Sponsoring a practicum grants companies early access to exceptionally qualified CMU students. From pitching project proposals to the entire pool of talented INI students to working closely with a small team, the practicum environment is ideal for evaluation and recruiting.

By the Numbers

  • 3-5 students per team: INI matches 3 to 5 students to each project team according to their skill sets and interests.
  • 14 weeks: INI's practicum takes place during CMU's fall semester, which is typically 14 weeks from August to December.
  • 20 average hours per week: Each student team member logs approximately 20 hours per week on the practicum project.

How to Sponsor

Sponsorship of INI Practicum projects is done under a CMU Educational Project Agreement and requires a financial contribution to the INI, the amount depending on the sponsoring organization as:

  • $40k for-profit entities
  • $25k for non-profits and small businesses (as defined by SBA)
  • $0 for government organizations

Negotiation of the agreement's terms and conditions are subject to an increase in sponsorship fees and must be initiated as soon as possible. Please note that certain terms are non-negotiable. 

Project Proposals 

We are no longer accepting proposals for fall 2017. Potential sponsors are invited to submit their project proposal for consideration in the fall 2018 practicum cycle in spring 2018.

Upon review, select sponsors will be asked to pitch their project to CMU Silicon Valley faculty and students at Pitch Night in late July. Student teams will be matched according to skill sets and interests by the start of the fall semester.

Intellectual Property

CMU students retain ownership of their intellectual property. At the above levels of sponsorship, sponsoring companies receive a non-exclusive, royalty-free, commercial-use license to use the student work product from the project course. Additionally, the teams share an archive of their work with the sponsor at the end of the semester. Sponsors interested in additional IP rights can negotiate directly with the students after the end of the academic semester.

Recent Sponsors

  • BitClave
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cheetah Mobile
  • Cisco
  • Ericsson
  • Ford
  • Google
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • NASA
  • Panasonic
  • Omlet
  • Samsung
  • SAP Labs
  • SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory


Contributing to the space journey from Earth’s surface, the team guided NASA’s mission-critical move to cloud infrastructure by investigating two cloud security tools.

"There is no single, magic security tool that will protect from every online threat. This means that education in information security is vital to protect against the threats of tomorrow." - Hana Habib, 2016 INI Graduate

Cheetah Mobile

Students researched innovative mobile advertising techniques and successfully monetized their own apps, revealing insights that will help the next generation of entrepreneurs monetize software and sustain new ideas.

"When students enter the workforce with experience solving problems for industry-leading companies, they have a terrific head start over other students whose education has only focused on the theoretical." - David Wu, Cheetah Mobile Global Marketing


Imagine being able to point your mobile device at a display screen and fling content from your hand to the display with a flick of the wrist. Students teamed up with Google to explore this "fling-to-display device gesture" experience using Google Chromecast, connecting physical location and gestures to make devices better understand human intentions.

"It was very interesting to deal with something that is still being invented, a very challenging but also curious feeling. In my case, the best part of working with Google was experiencing rapid prototyping and receiving feedback from industry experts." - Caio Balthazar, 2016 INI Graduate

Are you interested in learning more about project sponsorship?