Experiential Learning for Partners

Presidio Graduate School students have contributed over 135,000 advisory hours to 500+ organizations of all sizes and missions. Get help advancing your organization’s sustainability strategies with cutting-edge sustainable business and policy thinking and application. How can we help your organization?

As an Experiential Learning partner, you’ll get access to a team of 3-5 sustainable solutions MBA or MPA students. The team will integrate traditional management concepts and metrics – such as financial ROI calculation, market assessment, and strategic analysis – with sustainability metrics relevant to advance your organization’s success. During the 12-week program, the teams incorporate in-depth research and analysis to deliver specialized strategy and business plans.

If this type of advisory help can help your organization succeed, apply for an EL project. Clients contribute to the program’s administrative costs by paying $5,000 for one project or $4,000 each for two or more projects per year. Not-for-profits pay $500 per project.

MBA Project Overviews

Student teams in the Operations and Supply Chain Management class partner with organizations to create an operations plan that establishes a set of major steps or tasks necessary to meet an existing, new or proposed operations process.

Examples include:

  • Adding production or distribution capacity to meet a perceived set of market demands.
  • Identifying a set of production processes or distribution channels that minimizes a food production company’s carbon footprint relative to its current operating configuration.
  • Identifying one or more alternative ways of designing the packaging for a firm’s cleaning products so the packaging can be diverted from a landfill at end of life and instead reused, re-manufactured, or recycled.
  • Identifying an environmentally friendly wastewater processing system to address the production growth plans of a draft beer production company.
  • Identifying a program of medical supply purchasing by a hospital that limits sources of supply to those whose products do not yield medical waste during use.


Once the team has determined the optimal approach, they create a high-level implementation plan that lays out a set of major steps or tasks necessary to meet the new requirement. Aspects of the report will include:

  • Demand Forecast Analysis
  • Cost Analysis
  • Inventory & Logistical Planning Analysis
  • Sustainability Analysis
  • Profit and Loss Analysis
  • Organizational Plan Recommendations
  • Implementation Timeline

Student teams in the Engagement: Connecting Brands and Consumers class work with organizations to develop strategic marketing plans, which may be at the enterprise, business unit, or product level. Teams work with their partners to define and tailor the scope and objectives of the marketing project.

Each team conducts consumer, market, and organizational research to understand the marketing situation faced by their partner. The team analyzes customer and market insights to understand what products and services are most desired by the target market. This is used as a basis for the team to apply a holistic approach to marketing that will create mutual value for both the customer and the organization.


Based on their market research and the needs of the partner organization, each team creates a unique, strategic marketing plan to allow the partner organization to build a connection with the customer and communicate their mutual value. Additionally, the team makes recommendations so that their tactical marketing action plans can be managed in a way that will achieve business results.

MPA Project Overviews

Students apply course material within experiential learning assignments that necessitate direct civic engagement and civic leadership, issue identification, needs analysis and research methods, stakeholder, economic, and policy analysis, prototyping, and evaluative research.

Teams of one to three students in the Research Methods class leverage service focused evaluation projects, students use tools of program evaluation as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods to answer important organizational questions related to process, outputs, outcomes, and resources.


The team defines their partner’s focal issue and performs comprehensive research and analysis of market and policy trends, which they use to create an in-depth SWOT and PEST analysis. They generate a set of future scenarios that are customized to the strategic environment of the partner organization, and design and facilitate a participatory session of strategic design with stakeholders of the organization.

In a project with an organization of their choice, students learn how to implement sustainable civic leadership practices such as Human Resources case analyses, legislative updates, Strategic IT Planning, Key Performance Indicator (KPI) development, Business Process Improvement (BPI), Work-Life Balancing, and Project Management in an agency environment.