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 from anywhere. So BMW Manufacturing invests in a number of educational initiatives, from providing endowments to helping increase and strengthen the faculty resources 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.

Engineering and Operations Management Development Program

BMW Manufacturing strives to be a leader in the industry for developing careers for entry level engineering, manufacturing, and supply chain management.

Our Engineering and Operations Management Development Program consists of three eight-month assignments with experiences in manufacturing, engineering, and supply chain.

The EOM associate will have line and project responsibilities within their assignments.   The associate will receive a multi-faceted training curriculum including leadership, project management, and technical disciplines.  Coaching and mentoring is provided throughout the assignments.

Scholars Program

The BMW Scholars Program is a partnership with four technical colleges, Greenville Technical College, Spartanburg Community College, Tri County Technical College, and Piedmont Technical College. The program allows students who are in manufacturing-related degrees to attend class full-time and earn a degree while working part-time hours at BMW Manufacturing.

BMW provides tuition assistance each semester, while the student is enrolled full-time and actively participating in the Scholars Program.

This apprentice program allows students to rotate working in our different manufacturing areas and gain valuable job experience.  Students are also given extensive BMW technical training related to their degree studies.


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:

  • Be enrolled in the M.S. program in Clemson University’s Department of Automotive Engineering. Students must apply during the first semester of the program to be considered for the Fellowship.
  • Have at least a 3.3 GPA from their undergraduate institution.
  • Have relevant experience in manufacturing or selected “Materials and Manufacturing” as their focus area at CU-ICAR.
  • Be willing to perform an internship at BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC
  • Be willing to learn German and work internationally. Students are not promised an international assignment but they must be willing to go if asked. Preference will be given to students who have experience working internationally and/or those with foreign language proficiency with German being particularly desirable.