The Capstone is a required year-long project completed in partnership with a public, private, or non-profit institution. Projects will be conducted by small teams of (3-4) MENV graduate students. The Capstone Project sequence consists of three one-hour courses, Capstone Innovation Lab I, II, and III, taken in Fall I, Spring, and Fall II, respectively - as well as five credit hours of applied work during the Summer Session.
Capstone participants are not traditional interns, but instead are highly motivated graduate students, generally equipped with prior professional experience, and who will provide innovative solutions and useful products to Capstone client organizations.
In addition, Capstone Projects provide MENV graduate students with real-world, hands-on, applications-based experiences embedded within the context of an organization's need and capacities.
The MENV course sequence will hone students professional skills, such as project management, stakeholder engagement, analysis, collaboration, and financial planning, that will be essential to success in their professional careers. Students will also develop valuable contacts and practical experiences through the networks they develop.
Capstone partners will span a broad spectrum of organizations involved in environment, energy, and planning. CU Boulder's MENV program will partner with organizations from the NGO community, the private sector, as well as local, state, and federal governments. For example, past partners include Aspen Snowmass, B Lab, Boulder County, City of Boulder, City of Denver, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Rocky Mountain Institute, The Nature Conservancy, and Vail Resorts. Please view the video below to learn more about the Masters of the Environment program's Capstone partnership with Boulder Organic Foods in 2018.
See the full list of 2019 MENV Capstone partners.
Partnering with CU Boulder brings a number of benefits to external organizations:
Capstone Partner Expectations
Connection to CU
CU Boulder's MENV program will stay closely connected to each partner and Capstone Project. Full-time staff will be dedicated to working with your organization to assist in development of project ideas, recruitment of appropriate student teams, and to mentor MENV students. The MENV staff will be attentive to your needs, help ensure rigorous and thorough participation by students, and serve as your point-of-contact between your organization and CU-Boulder.
For more information about becoming a Capstone partner or past Capstone Projects, please contact Myles Maland, Assistant Director for Recruitment & External Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.