Sponsoring a Practicum
Interested in becoming a practicum sponsor and engaging students to solve a problem? Key steps involve:
- Provide a clear and concise project description and realistic goals that can be met within the semseter-long practicum session.
- Discuss with the faculty advisor to see if your project is feasible.
- Conscientiously work with the team to ensure success
- Resolve any IP, confidentiality issues or restriction on presentation/paper details well before the start of the practicum. For example:
- NDAs and PSAs with students take time for approval
- Extra NDAs to allow faculty to observe will take time for approval
- Provide any necessary software and hardware prior to the start of the practicum.
- Review all submited deliverables and provide timely feedback.
- Commit to several hours each week to work with the team and the project, including:
- Weekly meetings (several times a week initially; a minimum of once a week thereafter); these meetings may include working sessions and project management tasks
- Communications (student questions and clarifications)using email and other medium
- Allow faculty/instructors to observe the students' interaction with the sponsor/client from time to time during the project
- Feedback to the practicum faculty for academic evaulation purposes at the end of the semester
- Ideally, participate in the final student practicum presentations
How do I know which program's students will be a good fit?
- Software Management (MS SM) students
- perform market and competitive analysis, and develop requirements; gain key insights into software businesses and organizations
- Contact Gladys Mercier
- Software Engineering (MS SE) students
- focus on methodologies and best practices for software development
- Contact Ed Katz
- Information Technology (MS IT) students
- gain the strategic thinking skills and insight that are essential for technology leaders in today's competitive business environment.
- Contact Jennifer Burkett Feyrer