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"Their overall lvel of research and analysis was impressive, and they clearly invested  a considerable degree of effort into the project and delivered a high value product in a timely manner." 

-Bay Area Pervious Concrete

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Experiential Learning (EL) Program?
  2. Where can I find project descriptions and examples of past projects?
  3. How do I apply?
  4. How are projects selected?
  5. If my organization applies for an EL project, are we guaranteed to work with a student team?
  6. Can I work with students on more than one project per semester?
  7. If my project is selected, what will my organization be expected to provide to the student team?
  8. What about Confidential Information?
  9. Who will own the project work?
  10. If my project is not selected, what are my options for working with students?

What is the Experiential Learning (EL) Program?

Experiential Learning is a key component of all Presidio Graduate School degree programs. Our Experiential Learning Program partners teams of 3-6 students with a Project Manager from a public or private sector organization to address the real-world challenges of incorporating the best practices in sustainable management. Working as Project Associates, students apply the skills, techniques, and tools learned in the classroom to their client's Experiential Learning project. Each team will produce a written report and develop recommendations for the best course of action that reflect a commitment to financial, human, and environmental sustainability.

Where can I find project descriptions and examples of past projects?

Select the type of project type in which you are interested for a general project description. Visit our Past EL Projects page to see summaries of past projects.

How do I apply?

To apply for an EL project you must fill out our Request for Project (RFP) online using our electronic application.

How are projects selected?

Staff and faculty will review the RFPs for fit with course curricula and opportunity to apply course learning objectives. Projects are selected based on their capacity to provide optimal learning experiences in the fields and areas of interest that are most relevant to our students.

If my organization applies for an EL project, are we guaranteed to work with a student team?

We generally receive more project applications than we have student teams and cannot guarantee that any organization or project will be matched to a student team.

Can I work with students on more than one project per semester?

Due to the time commitment the team will need from you and the strategic nature of each of our projects, we generally don’t allow our partners to work on more than one project at a time. If you have project needs in multiple areas, you may participate in one project at a time for consecutive semesters.

If my project is selected, what will my organization be expected to provide to the student team?

As the Project Manager, you will need to contribute time, data, and access to key personnel. The specific requirements will vary based on the nature of the project and the timing within the semester.

Most projects will require that the Project Manager devote approximately 1-3 hours of their time per week to provide information and guidance through meetings, phone calls, site visits, introductions to other people within the company, or data mining.

If your project is chosen for Operations and Production or Managerial Finance, you will need to provide historic quantitative data regarding sales, pricing, and costs.

What about Confidential Information?

We provide a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) for you and the student team to sign, or if you prefer, we can use one that you provide.

Students will be allowed to reference the work produced for their EL client in pursuit of their educational or professional careers.

Presidio Graduate School reserves the right to publicly list the organization as an Experiential Learning Program partner, to keep copies of all student teams’ final reports for internal use only, and to include a brief project description in EL Program promotional materials.

Who will own the project work?

As the Project Manager, your organization will own the final work product developed by the student team. This includes any strategies developed, IP created, or spreadsheets and formulas crafted for the project by the team. This policy is described in our Third Party Agreement, which we encourage but do not require our partners to sign.

If my project is not selected, what are my options for working with students?

If your project is not selected or if you’d like to work with our students outside of the EL Program, our Student Affairs and Career Development team can post an internship or job position to our online job board. Send a description of your position to Mitchell Friedman.

 

If you have questions about the application process or Presidio's Experiential Learning Program, please contact Dawn Mokuau, Associate Director of Student Affairs and Career Development, at dawn.mokuau@presidio.edu or 415-655-8934.