Pennsylvania Robotics & Technology Fellowships

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Experiential Learning, Business Problem-Solving

Pennsylvania Robotics & Technology Fellowships

A Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business initiative supported by federal grant funding.

The Pennsylvania Robotics & Technology Fellowship (PA-RTF) aims to support small and medium-sized manufacturers in the Pittsburgh region and provide experiential learning opportunities for University of Pittsburgh graduate students. Working in small teams, students will connect with company representatives to address an immediate challenge or opportunity.

Win-Win Opportunity

Students: this short, intense project-based experience will help you develop and enhance your problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills in a working business.

Companies: gain actionable recommendations and deliverables specific to their current business needs while introducing them to potential hires.

Program Structure

2023 Opportunities

Phase Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer Fall 1 Fall 2
Applications Open X Feb 22 TBD Aug/Sept Oct
Applications Close X March 2 TBD TBD TBD
Students Selected X March 13 May TBD TBD
Project Work Begins X March 20 Mid-May TBD TBD

Eligibility & Application Process

  • Graduate student from Katz, Swanson School of Engineering, School of Computing & Information, or School of Law
  • Be in good academic standing

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, fill out this form.

“With the help of students from Katz and other Pitt schools, this project will support factory modernization, bring the research and development resources of Greater Pittsburgh’s anchor institutions to these companies, expand manufacturing supply chains, and fill the region’s idled brownfields with thriving enterprises.”

Petra Mitchell

CEO, Catalyst Connection

“The Robotics & Technology Fellowships provide tremendous opportunities for us to incorporate classroom learning into meaningful work. Our students will help small manufacturers adopt the newest robotics and autonomous technologies to operate more efficiently and better compete.”

Sara Moeller

Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Executive Education, Katz


I came across varied leadership members of the company and learned a great deal while working for the company. This is the kind of company that I want to work for, and the fellowship showed me the job prospects that are in Pittsburgh.

Lavina Suresh Iyengar


The PA-MAF project was a turning point for my career. I come from a software background, so my skill set is more analytical and problem solving. This project gave me a platform to polish my market research skills. This was an area I was lacking so I’m glad this allowed me to gain this real-world experience.


CapSen Robotics