Commitment To Education

Educational Support

Right now, the next great business visionary may be in an introductory German class. Tomorrow’s Teacher of the Year may be struggling just to survive in an inner city neighborhood. Fact is, there is no one cradle of success. Those who will change our world can come form anywhere. So BMW Manufacturing invests in a number of educational initiatives, from providing endowments to helping increase and strengthen the faculty resouces of our local universities. The more diverse the opportunities, the greater our chance of success. BMW’s educational support and investments span a range of levels and opportunities for achievement in South Carolina education, including:

Call Me MISTER Program

BMW is one of the founding partners of the Call Me MISTER program, a national initiative to increase the pool of available teachers from diverse cultures. The opportunity to partner with Clemson University and Historically Black Colleges & Universities to address the critical need to build the talent pool of outstanding teachers supports our ongoing commitment to extensive community involvement, specifically in the area of education and diversity.

For more information, visit the Call Me MISTER program.

Student Programs

Real world projects. Challenges that test your abilities daily. A chance to learn from the very best in the industry. If you’re considering a career in the automotive field, BMW Student Programs provide the ultimate career test track.


We build upon the efforts of those who precede us. This is true of any industry. It is also a key reason why BMW has invested so much in the development and success of the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research. The research and development being carried out at CU-ICAR today is laying the foundation for tomorrow’s next big discovery. As the original partner with Clemson University in this project, BMW Manufacturing is proud of the solutions that are coming out of CU-ICAR. Furthermore, we are excited to add our insights and anxious to see what our collective work will create. For detailed information about the progress, mission, and ultimate scope of the CU-ICAR, we encourage you to visit the official CU-ICAR site.

BMW Fellowship at CU-ICAR

Incoming M.S. students are eligible to apply for the BMW Fellowships at Clemson as part of the Fastlane Program. BMW Fellows receive $10,000 to cover tuition and educational expenses during their first year of the program.

To be considered for this fellowship, students must:

  • Begin their M.S. program in Clemson University’s Department of Automotive Engineering in Fall 2015. Students must apply for admission and be accepted to be considered for the fellowship.
  • Have at least a 3.3 GPA from their undergraduate institution.
  • Have unrestricted work eligibility in the U.S. (cannot require sponsorship)
  • Have relevant experience in manufacturing or automotives
  • Be willing to perform at least one three-month internship at BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC (summer 2016)
  • Be willing to learn German and work internationally. Students are not promised an international assignment but they must be willing to go if asked.