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Experiential Learning Partnerships

We established our Experiential Learning program in 2008 because we recognized that our students possess valuable knowledge and skills that can serve organizations while providing them essential opportunities to apply what they learn in real-time. Through this program, we lend your organization a team of graduate students for semester-long functional and strategic projects.  We deeply value these partnerships as extensions of our student’s academic experience and see these projects as meaningful opportunities for them to add value to partner organizations while gaining tangible experience by applying their skills and learnings.

These situations and many more needs can be addressed by teams of Presidio Graduate School students in our Marketing and Communications for Social Impact, Operations and Supply-Chain Management, and Strategy for Sustainability courses. Clients of all sizes and types get more from Presidio’s EL program than they expected.

Dazzle Bhujwala headshot
“Such projects help build a bridge between academia and practitioners. While it supports practitioners to develop industry relevant research, it offers academia the opportunity to shape future curriculum in tune with industry needs—a perfect synergy for the evolving field of sustainable investing. For students, they get experience to address a real-life issue around sustainability and build their professional network.”
Dazzle Bhujwala
Director, Investor Network, Ceres Inc., and Experiential Learning project sponsor

Examples of Past Experiential Learning Projects

Presidio students supported their client in understanding how to best use available resources to achieve a 20 percent increase in energy efficiency and 100 percent System engagement across all programs worldwide by 2020. This led to the development of a comprehensive strategy for the client’s Energy Management program.

Presidio students supported their client with exploring a cloud-based, impact-giving platform business opportunity to bridge the gap between the social impact of technology and civic engagement through wireless mobile devices. The Presidio team performed an in-depth strategic analysis evaluating whether a new proposed product line would be financially viable and provide the intended social impact.

A mission-based K-12 school wanted to understand how to create a visionary, replicable model for a sustainable school that persists through multiple generations of administration, faculty, and students. The presidio team provided their client with recommendations for organizational structures as well as educational curricula.

Presidio students partnered with the Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC) to develop a strategic plan to help the LAFPC structure and expand its Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP).

Presidio students performed a strategic analysis of a client organization to provide a strategic recommendation to best fit the owner’s financial goal of doubling revenue instead of a potential business acquisition. The plan also provided an objective basis for achieving greater social and environmental responsibility for the organization.

Presidio students supported a client interested in expanding its business and social value by adding new programs and service offerings. The Presidio team performed an analysis of several proposed programs and service offerings and geographical launch parameters for the programs. The recommendations focused on maximizing the social and financial value the company could create from a new offering.

Tauni Berger
“Our Presidio Graduate School student team is diligent, organized, curious, and energetic. It's a good two-way relationship with each gaining benefits - even beyond the demands of the student's curriculum. They're helping us to formulate a go-to-market strategy as part of the full business. We are so pleased that we asked for another project next semester. ”
Tauni Berger
Director of Strategic Engagements, Xpansiv
Jon Braslaw
“The Presidio team worked to understand our company and was effective at getting to the root of our project goal. That work allowed us to pivot to a better solution for our tracking and reporting needs.”
Jon Braslaw
Director, Business System Services, Recology
Dr. Wendy Chou
“The team delivered an impressive amount of top-notch background research on market segments and other relevant data. They were responsible, conscientious, engaged, and easy to work with. The team members were sharp and had good insights. ”
Dr. Wendy Chou
Communications and Outreach Manager, Acterra
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