Student Program


Summer 2021 Student Applications are now open!

Apply below!

The A-CAPP Center Student Program encompasses a variety of programs and levels that reflect our Center’s multidisciplinary approach to the problem of product counterfeiting.  Our students are exposed to research on brand protection and anti-counterfeiting, outreach projects, education projects and more.  The goal of all our programming is to integrate the student into the work of the Center, while providing them the skills and experience to make them competitive in their future endeavors, whether in industry, academic, law enforcement or others.  The students’ experiences in the Center make them unique in that are little to no other similar opportunities in universities nation-wide.

Our programs are open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional student from any discipline on MSU’s campus. A-CAPP Center students have graduated and become brand protection specialists, anti-counterfeiting technology specialists, intellectual property lawyers, academics, security analysts and more.

Our student program is funded through sponsorships. Sponsors receive recognition on our website, student events, student materials, and at our annual summit and also gain access to the Center’s talent pool for recruiting. Levels include:

  • Student Semester Sponsor: $3,750
  • Student Support Sponsor: $7,500
  • Student Impact Sponsor: $11,000
  • Student Leadership Sponsor: $15,000

Program open to current MSU undergraduate and graduate students from any major with an interest in product counterfeiting. Students in this program are supervised by Center staff under a jointly agreed upon internship agreement for research, outreach, and/or education projects with the Center. This program allows the student to apply their discipline of study to the field of anti-counterfeiting and brand protection, while gaining the experience and skills employers are looking for in future graduates.  Students in this program can be paid, unpaid or for-credit. For more details, see the full job descriptions for undergraduate interns and graduate interns. Those interested in applying can apply through Handshake below.


Program open to current MSU College of Law students from any degree with an interest in product counterfeiting. For more details, see the full job description. Those interested in applying can apply through CASE below.


Program open to current MSU undergraduate and graduate students from any major with an interest in product counterfeiting. Students in this program focus solely on a particular A-CAPP Center research project under the supervision of a faculty member/project PI and are considered MSU student employees who are paid an hourly rate. This program is subject to current research projects and available funding.


Matthew Ronald Maher Scholarship

Matthew Ronald Maher was an intern with the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection and a 2017 MSU graduate. Matt was a natural leader, characterized by his positive demeanor and uplifting spirit. He exemplified what it means to be compassionate, hard-working, loyal, trustworthy, and generous. His untimely passing does not diminish the impact he has had on MSU, the A-CAPP Center, and his friends. This scholarship was established by Matt’s friends and colleagues as a tribute to him, and to perpetuate his memory.

The scholarship is awarded a MSU student to work with the Center for one semester on a project relating to anti-counterfeiting and/or brand protection research, outreach or education. At the conclusion of the scholarship, the student will provide a written report and speak to the scholarship’s impact at our annual Brand Protection Strategy Summit.

Contribute to the scholarship here.

Apply for the scholarship here.

Learn about past scholarship recipients and their projects here.

Summer 2021 Student Program Applications are now open! APPLY BELOW!






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