A-CAPP Center
Student Program

At the A-CAPP Center, we strive to develop the future leaders in the world of anti-counterfeiting and brand protection. Our students are exposed to research on brand protection and anti-counterfeiting, outreach projects, education projects and more!

Our student programs follow 4 steps:

Student Program Scholarship Opportunities


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. 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. This scholarship is awarded to an 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.

Apply to the scholarship!

Donate to the scholarship fund!

Check out what our Matthew R. Maher Scholars have
been working on!

Student Program Scholarship Opportunities


The A-CAPP Center is committed to furthering the advancement of traditionally underrepresented groups within the field of brand protection. This award provides professional development and funding support to students from across the broad spectrum of experiences and identities that enrich the profession. The award includes two components: funding for research or education and outreach work through the Center, and mentorship from an experienced industry professional.

Donate to the scholarship fund!

A-CAPP Center Student Program


Self Starter

Is motivated by success to set and achieve goals – resilient in overcoming obstacles.

Critical Thinker

Thinks outside-the-box on innovative theories and ideas.


Thrives in a fast paced environment – adapts quickly to changes.


Demonstrates ability to learn and grow in an intern/ externship position.


Express interest in learning from the center for multiple semesters.

Who can apply?
  • Undergraduate MSU Students
  • Professional MSU Students
  • Graduate MSU Students
  • Any MSU Major/ Discipline
How to apply?
  • All available positions can be applied for via Handshake

Our students have graduated and went on to become brand protection specialists, anti-counterfeiting technology specialists, intellectual property lawyers, academics, security analysts and much more!

The Center accepts applications throughout the year for its semester based positions. All first time students must apply for either an undergrad/grad internship or law student internship/externship, which are unpaid. Graduate/undergraduate and law students who have worked at least one semester are eligible to apply for the paid Research Assistant position. Apply for a law extern, graduate intern, undergraduate intern, or research assistant through Handshake. We also have a paid fall joint internship with MSU University Licensing working with game day enforcement efforts of MSU merchandise.