Gatton Announces 2020-21 Project Connect Companies, Sponsors

The University of Kentucky's One Year MBA program at the Gatton College of Business and Economics is excited to announce the official 2020-21 Project Connect internship companies and corporate sponsors which include: Ale-8-One Bottling Company, Alltech, Big Ass Fans, Brown-Forman, Bullard, Cintas, Deloitte, GE Appliances, Habitat for Humanity, Hippo Manager, Neogen, Tempur Sealy International, UK Healthcare and Valvoline.

"We are very thankful to have another great group of companies, as well as project sponsors, participating in this year's Project Connect internship program," said Karl Gustafson, Lecturer and Project Connect Leader of the University of the Kentucky MBA programs. "For our sponsors, they receive valuable research and impactful recommendations from our MBA candidates. For our MBA candidates, they are able to hone their skills through applying what they are learning in class to real-world projects while improving their teaming and management skills along with valuable mentorship."

Project Connect group projects involve core business processes such as data analysis, marketing, research, growth strategy, supply chain management, logistics and operations. Participating in Project Connect happens simultaneously with the student’s coursework, providing them with a unique internship opportunity to apply what they are learning with real-time projects in the marketplace. Student teams devote 70-80 hours per person per project, working with the company to address their issues and develop strategies.

“During these challenging times, we feel that learning by doing in real-time provides our students the skills they need to be more competitive and succeed in this ever-changing economy,” says Harvie Wilkinson, MBA Program Director.

The University of Kentucky MBA program and the Gatton College of Business and Economics would like to thank the following companies for their participation and partnership in Project Connect for the upcoming year:





GE Appliances/Haier

Habitat for Humanity

Hippo Manager


Tempur Sealy

University of Kentucky Healthcare