Project-based experiential education is a teaching method used by JWU to integrate “real world” projects into the curriculum. Interested partners must complete the Community/Industry Partner Project Application:
We value our “client partners” whose collaboration is vital to our ability to offer hands-on learning experiences for our students.
We are intentional about developing learning experiences that subscribe to the best practices of the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) and best match course learning objectives with the needs and requests of our partnering organizations.
There may be a need within an organization that staff members and active volunteers do not have the time or expertise to complete. From market research for fundraising campaigns to website redesigns, there are certain projects that would increase the effectiveness of your work, but there is no one available to successfully complete the project.
JWU students might be able to help.
Students enrolled in project-based courses are available throughout the year to assist community-based organizations and businesses with project needs.
There is no cost for student assistance on these projects.
Projects are accepted on a rolling basis.
Your request will be evaluated on the basis of how well it meets student learning objectives and student team availability in a particular term. It will be reviewed and approved by university administrators based on project suitability, number of students enrolled in each class for the upcoming term, and the number of projects already on the wait list.
Typically, a response will be provided within 2 weeks of submission.
Project requests usually need to be received 4-6 months prior to the term in which they will be offered in a course.
Please note the general academic calendar:
Fall Term: September-November
Winter Term: December-February
Spring Term: March-May
As JWU is on an 11-week term schedule, projects are typically 9-11 weeks in duration.
Projects that cannot be completed within one term may be continued into the following term at the organization’s request if there is a suitable course match.
Organizations should be aware that significant staff commitment on your part is required to ensure project success.
Depending on the type of project, this includes activities such as:
Attending an orientation session
Attending student team meetings
Sharing feedback in a timely manner
Participating in an end of term presentation to assess the student group’s project performance