The Capstone Project is a required collaborative project completed in partnership with a public, private, or non-profit institution. Small teams of 3-4 MENV students conduct each project. The Capstone Project consists of the Capstone Innovation Lab course sequence, including five credit hours of applied work during the Summer Session.
The MENV course sequence will hone students' professional skills, such as project management, community partner 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 participants are not traditional interns. Instead, students are highly motivated graduate students, generally equipped with prior professional experience, who will provide innovative solutions and pertinent deliverables 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 needs and capacities.