Experiential Learning (EL) is a key part of our educational program. Using this "living case" methodology, students are able to gain experience in the workplace and learn how to apply the skills learned through the program.
Putting course curricula and student learning to work outside of the classroom fosters the collaboration between student teams and private or public organizations that are facing the challenges of practicing sustainable management. Additionally, this is an opportunity for students to gain relevant work experience to benefit their careers. Students are paired with an organization and work with them over the course of a semester on a specific project.
In each of our Experiential Learning (EL) courses, student teams partner with external organizations to create a custom-made project based on the unique needs of their partner. This includes extensive work in completing:
At PGS, we believe that learning by doing is the most meaningful type of learning experience. The EL Program also helps students gain greater practical experience in areas they wish to focus on after graduation, whether they be marketing, supply chain management, public programs, strategic design, finance, product development, and beyond.
Teams of three-six students work for a semester (16 weeks) on a project that is aligned with curriculum goals for a particular course. Student teams are challenged to apply both traditional management concepts and metrics, such as profitability for an ROI calculation, as well as to integrate sustainability metrics that take into account social and natural capital. Student teams solve problems, create solutions and deliver significant professional value to participating firms and organizations. Subject areas include:
Is your company or organization interested in learning more about becoming an EL Partner? Public, private, and nonprofit organizations are invited to apply to be considered for Experiential Learning partnerships and added to the pool of potential sponsors.