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EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

COMBINING ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, EXPERIENCE ON PROJECTS AND INTERNSHIPS, AND ESSENTIAL SKILLS TRAINING TO PRODUCE WORK-READY EMPLOYEES

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Made possible with the Support of the United States Department of Education

Photo Courtesy of the Zahn Innovation Center

ABOUT CIPASS

CiPASS will implement a set of specific programs with overall measurable objectives to increase the retention and the graduation rates of Hispanic and underrepresented students at CCNY by 25% and increase the number of students seeking STEM degrees by 30%, from the present benchmarks by 2021.
CiPASS accomplishes this through five programs, or Project Lines:

The Math Summer Bridge, which intensive math education to incoming first-year students.

The Early Alert System, which mobilizes tutoring resources every time a student’s performance on a class assignment is substandard.

Experiential Learning, which provides internships and team-based projects to improve students’ job readiness

Online Learning, which allows students to learn in an online, self-paced environment

Articulation Agreements, which make it easier for students at CUNY Community Colleges to continue their STEM education at CCNY

The Project Lines of CiPASS construct a pipeline to recruit, prepare, and support students from freshman through graduation. The programs concentrate in the first two years of college, when the risk of attrition is highest, but are focused on the overall goal of increasing graduation rates and improving the students’ job readiness.

OVERVIEW

Experiential Learning begins and ends with the students.  It improves CCNY students and prepares them for the workplace.

To do this, we mobilize the input of faculty members, who educate the students and provide research projects on which they can apply what they have learned. We collaborate with the Zahn Innovation Center, our on-campus business incubator, to cultivate entrepreneurial thinking in our students.  We provide resources for professional development, teaching the students how to prepare themselves for the work world.   We engage with Industry partners to develop internships and hands-on projects that unite academic theory with business reality.

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HOW IT WORKS

Experiential learning is based on and delivered by our four-part STEM Ecosystem:

  • Highly-educated, culturally-diverse STEM students  receive career development training alongside their project and academic experiences;
  • Dedicated faculty who bring their cutting-edge research to the classroom and projects they directly oversee;
  • Thousands of square feet of on-campus prototyping and co-working spaces.
  • Industry engagement at the formative and operational levels.

CCNY Students are offered a series of specific Training Verticals Training Verticals provide a structured path for professional development. They are a series of workshops, seminars, and training sessions that, together, prepare a student for a certain specific outcome. In many ways, they are like a collegiate 'major'. – Career Search, Graduate School Preparation, Project Management, and Entrepreneurship – that prepare them for the world outside of college.

CCNY Students can apply to participate in Projects Projects are team-based efforts that are housed on campus. They are under the direction of a professor and use campus facilities, which include the laboratories of the professors, prototyping and short-run production devices of the Zahn Innovation Center and Masters in Transformation Medicine Program, and the 3000 ft2 CiPASS MakerSpace. , which are team-based consulting efforts for research and industry clients. Projects are managed by CCNY faculty and are housed in the CiPASS MakerSpace The MakerSpace is a 3,000 ft2 suite in Steinman Hall on the campus of CCNY. The Makerspace is equipped with 3D printers, lathes, milling machines, laser cutters/engravers, and computers to allow prototypes to be produced. It also a fully-equipped co-working suite, including smartboards, tele-meeting capability, and space for presentations and seminars. , a fully equipped prototyping suite. They can also gain workplace experience through traditional internship Internships take a student and send her to the offices of an organization. A typical internship involves a single student and lasts for a single semester. Each intern is required to take responsibility for the delivery of a specific, discrete deliverable for their employer, which can be a separate item or can be an element of a larger project. Students are selected competitively through a review of resumes and cover letters. Students generally receive compensation for their work, but can receive academic credit under certain circumstances. .

Typically, projects and internships are structured on a semester basis, but can last longer. They always require that the student participants produce a specific deliverable at the end that conforms with the specification of the client, and make a presentation of their work to an audience of business and research experts when the project completes.

Corporate and research partners of CiPASS can engage with the college, its professors, and its students in a number of exciting ways. Partners who provide projects or internships can join the Industrial Consortium The Industrial Consortium is composed of companies, individuals, and organizations that have commissioned projects or hosted interns from CCNY. . Partners that wish to engage at a deeper level, working with CiPASS to shape the future of STEM education and student preparation for the workplace, can join the Advisory Board The Advisory Board is a group of organizations and/or individuals who have chosen to become deeply engaged with CCNY and the CiPASS Program. They provide insight into industry trends, contribute to the expansion of our network of partner companies, and interact with talented, diverse students and faculty to create a learning environment that continuously adapts and improves. .

INTERNSHIPS

Experiential Learning connects the lessons learned in the classroom with the demands of the workplace.  It provides the student with hands-on experiences in a professional setting, producing work products on behalf of a client.  With Internships, the students – usually alone, but sometimes in groups – perform the majority of their work at the client’s facilities, under the client’s direct supervision.

All internships share the same characteristics. They:

  • Are part-time;
  • Are usually paid (stipend or hourly), but can be designed for experience or for college credit;
  • Usually last for a single semester (but can be extended, and can be shorter-duration under the right circumstances);
  • Usually involve the student in a team effort;
  • Produce tangible product(s) that have real deadlines and quality requirements, or make contributions to ongoing research and development;
  • Require the intern to be responsible for delivering a specific work product, or discrete piece of a larger effort; and
  • Finish with a student presentation of the work completed.

Organizations note their interest in interns by submitting a proposal.  The proposal identifies the duration of the internship, the work the student(s) will do, the work product that the student will produce, the skillset the student(s) should have, where the internship(s) will take place, and what the student will be paid.

Students note their interest in the internships by submitting a resume and formal cover letter that speaks to their ability to perform the work that the organization needs.

The CiPASS Program makes the preliminary match, sending the organization students from which it can choose.

The Internships provide the students with a work environment in which they can mobilize their education to deliver a tangible result for an outside party.  Just as importantly, they provide you with the opportunity to engage the skills of a diverse, highly educated student workforce whose abilities can be assessed in workplace conditions – at a fraction of the expense of a new hire.

Please contact Ropnarine, Director of Maker Space & Industrial Collaborations, to commission an internship, apply for one, or get more information.

CURRENT LISTING

Software Engineering Intern

Organization: OWL Communications Academy
Location: New York, NY
Position: Software Engineering Intern 

Application Due: Open Until Filled
Salary: $15/hr
Hours: 15-20hrs/Week

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

810 7 th Avenue, 20 th Floor
New York, NY 10019
917-664- 1399

General Description

OWL Communication Academy is seeking a highly motivated Software Engineering Intern. The Software Engineering Intern plays a key role in each phase of the software development lifecycle by applying their technical skills and experiences to improve OWL’s web app.

Responsibilities

As a Software Engineering Intern, you will:

BECOME A MORE EFFECTIVE ENGINEER. Deliver software applications that are engineered effectively and efficiently. Deliver software applications that meet customer needs, company objectives, and quality expectations. Contribute to the project discovery process, participate in the software development lifecycle, and participate in producing web applications.

FACILITATE CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT. Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure continuous improvement. Assist with engineering project planning activities and cooperate with other team members to share knowledge and improve our product.

Duties:

  1. Write clean, well-formed, testable, and maintainable software following the accepted coding standards
  2. Collaborate on, develop, and maintain high-quality software products
  3. Resolve problems of moderate scope and engage assistance from more experienced team members where appropriate
  4. Identify, troubleshoot, and debug defects in software and related systems on a basic level
  5. Participate in code reviews, and apply concepts discovered in this process
  6. Identify ways our software products may be failing to meet the needs of our scaling needs
  7. Exercise judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action
  8. Build productive working relationships with other developers

Qualifications:

  1. Currently working towards a BA/BS degree
  2. Experience developing websites and applications
  3. Experience with client-side scripting frameworks
  4. Experience with HTML, JavaScript, and CSS
  5. Experience with Git and other development tools

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Ability to speak or write in Chinese.
  2. Strong attention to detail.
  3. excellent communication, project management, and organizational skills.

To Apply: Please submit a Resume and coding samples to Ms. Perry Mao via email (perry.mao@wailianeducation.com)

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

 

About OWL Communications Academy

OWL Communications Academy is an online educational startup company under Wailian Education Group. OWLCA’s mission is to help youths develop intercultural communication skills and foster global readiness. We develop original content and deliver customized educational solutions to Chinese youths in terms of English language learning, Public Speaking Training and Leadership Development Coaching.

Growth Hacker Intern

Organization: Projections.IO
Location: New York, NY
Position: Growth Hacker Intern 

Application Due: Open Until Filled
Salary: $10/hr
Hours: TBD

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Are you a movie or TV Show buff? Do you remember all the hysterical laughter from watching Friends and The Office? Do you remember all the shocking twists from Westworld and Game of Thrones? We want to share those moments of excitement, joy and tears with someone with the same particular appreciation so we could all connect and relate.

Now meet Projections. You can discover content across VOD providers, stream from one place and use our app to control stream’s playback on your computer. While watching, you can instantly capture and seamlessly share any specific moment while you are watching Netflix, Hulu and Amazon on your computer. 20 second clips are automatically brought from your screen to our app on your phone for you to edit and share with a network of fans.

Our team has successfully raised angel funding and is currently part of the Lair East (laireastlabs.com) Accelerator 2018 Winter Batch. We are looking for Growth Hackers who can introduce this new tool to the college demographics through marketing automation, community outreach, email, SEO, social media and many other clever hacks.

Requirements

  • This individual will play a lead role in the development, implementation, and optimization of various online marketing initiatives including SEO/SEM, mobile and social media marketing programs. The ideal candidate will have a combination of business and technical skills.
  • Positioning and narrative development: develop product positioning and messaging that resonates in the market and gets people paying attention.
  • You need to be a pretty decent writer who can crank out interesting and quality posts quickly and efficiently.
  • Love Game of Thrones or West World, or at least one TV show/movie you can’t stop taking about!

Helpful Skills

  • Know your way around Photoshop, AfterEffects and InDesign
  • Mailchimp
  • UI/UX Design
  • Google Analytics

Please send your resume and a short paragraph on how you think you could generate buzz and drive virality on college campuses to ellie@projections.io

Download Projections.io App at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/projectionsio/id1295254136?mt=8

Content Specialist Intern

Organization: OWL Communications Academy
Location: New York, NY
Position: Content Specialist Intern 
Application Due: Open Until Filled
Salary: $12/hr
Hours: 15-20hrs/Week

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

810 7 th Avenue, 20 th Floor
New York, NY 10019
917-664- 1399

General Description

OWL communication Academy seeks on proficient English writer to create English content for second language learners. The content specialist intern will be engaged in reviewing, improving and redesigning English as a Second Language (ESL) learning material for Chinese teenagers, targeting teenager aged 14-24. 

Responsibilities

The ESL content creator is responsible for developing, creating and editing a variety of educational and assessment materials on top of existed OWL web app. The content creator shares the vision of OWL Communication Academy to help Chinese teenager to communicate in English in a more effective and high emotional intelligent way. He or she:

  1. Will report to the content coordinator of OWL Communication Academy.
  2. Is expected to work as a team member with local and international teams of different specialist to prepare English learning and instructional materials.
  3. Will work closely with the content team to support the overall English language content development.

Qualifications:

  1. Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skill
  2. Strong attention to detail
  3. Passionate about education, especially in language education and online education
  4. Proven experience in teaching
  5. Excellent project management and organizational skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Ability to speak or write in Chinese; or
  2. Familiarity with any kind of programming languages, such as HTML, Javascript, or SQL; or
  3. Familiarity with the college application process.

To Apply:  Please submit  a Resume and writing samples to Ms. Perry Mao via email (perry.mao@wailianeducation.com):

We regret to inform that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

 

About OWL Communications Academy

OWL Communications Academy is an online educational startup company under Wailian Education Group. OWLCA’s mission is to help youths develop intercultural communication skills and foster global readiness. We develop original content and deliver customized educational solutions to Chinese youths in terms of English language learning, Public Speaking Training and Leadership Development Coaching.

Administrative Assistant Intern

Organization: DG Advisors
Location: New York, NY
Position: Administrative Assistant Intern 

Application Due: Open Until Filled
Salary: NONE
Hours: 20 hours/Week

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Gianluca Galletto
Founder & President, DG Advisors
ggalletto@dg-advisors.com
+1-917-353-8944

DG Advisors works with private tech firms from Europe and help them expand in the US. It also works with foreign local and national governments seeking to promote their companies here, make investments in their region and forge new partnerships in New York. 

One of DG Advisors’ current projects is sourcing sponsors, content and speakers for Smart Cities NY and helping with general strategic business development (www.smartcitiesnyc.com).  They are also helping to put together a French Tech conference (http://lafrenchtouchconference.net/) and hopefully sign a new European company in the Smart City sector.

Responsibilities:

Administrative assistance across the board with:

  • Research;
  • communication with stakeholders, clients and potential clients;
  • drafting marketing material
  • helping with keeping records of meetings
  • Building lists of tech hubs in Europe and other partners here. 

The hired student would gain the opportunity to meet a lot of people in the tech, VC, and international relations space and be exposed to potential international opportunities. 

At the moment, compensation is in the knowledge, contacts, and skills gained.   Commission may be possible if DG Advisors lands new clients.

Qualifications:

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with marketing techniques and marketing material development
  • Administrative skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

To Apply, send a CV and a writing sample to Gianlucca Galletto (ggalletto@dg-advisors.com).

CREATE AN INTERNSHIP

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Experiential Learning provides students with opportunities to interact with industry through projects and internships. Working with industry representatives, corporate, non-profit, and governmental bodies, we can pursue opportunities that will produce specific deliverables and allow students to apply their knowledge and experience to the solution of real-world problems.

Internships are implemented under the supervision of your organization, last for at least one semester, and are generally pursued by a single student (though you can have more than one Intern at the same time, working together or on separate initiatives).  Each Intern should be responsible for producing a specific deliverable(s) by the end of the internship.  The deliverables should be of interest to your organization.  They can be stand-alone or discrete component of a larger effort. They can be produced by one Intern or by an intern team, so long as each Intern has specific responsibilities of her own.

The internships usually end with a presentation of the results.  Internships take place primarily at your place of business, though they can be based in locations at CCNY (such as the CiPASS MakerSpace).

Requestors are required to submit:

  • Their contact information;
  • A description of the internship identifying the nature of the effort the student will assist;
  • Deliverables that the Intern(s) will produce;
  • The desired skillsets of the intern(s) and the number requested; and
  • What compensation, if any, the Intern(s) will receive

Additional information can be found by clicking the Request Form button below. Inside the form, there are hyperlinks where you can learn more info while filling out the form.

APPLY FOR AN INTERNSHIP

The City College Initiative to Promote Academic Success in STEM

Experiential Learning provides students with opportunities to interact with industry through projects and internships.   Working with industry representatives, corporate, non-profit, and governmental bodies, we work to secure opportunities that will produce specific deliverables for defined clients, allowing the students to apply their knowledge and experience to the solution of real-world problems.

 

Internships are undertaken at the requester’s offices, most of the time.  CiPASS will generally post internship opportunities when they come available.  You can apply for a specific internship.

If you wish, you can submit your application in advance so that you are part of the applicant pol when an internship becomes available.   The application form for both instances appears below.

Additional information on the Request Form can be found from clicking on the hyperlinks in the application. The application can be filled out by clicking the button below.

CiPASS PROJECTS

Experiential Learning connects the lessons learned in the classroom with the demands of the workplace.  With Projects, the students – usually in teams of  3 to 5 – perform the majority of their work at the City College of New York,  and work under the direction of a CCNY faculty member.  The projects are typically one of four types:

  • SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, which includes Big Data, program design and testing, app development, and data mining;
  • MECHATRONICS AND ROBOTICS, which includes autonomous machines, drones, monitors, and sensing devices
  • ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES, which includes energy storage, environmental sensors, environmental modeling, and climatological services;
  • BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING, which includes medical devices and assistive technologies  of a non-chemical nature; and
  • CUSTOM PROJECTS, which include investigations and deliverables of a more specific character.

The projects provide the students with a work environment in which they can mobilize their education to deliver a tangible result for an outside party as a consulting and delivery team.  Just as importantly, the projects provide the client with the opportunity to engage the skills of a diverse, highly educated student workforce whose abilities it can assess in workplace conditions – at a fraction of the expense of a new hire.

All Projects share the same characteristics. They:

  • Are part-time;
  • Can be professorial research projects, but require an industry/organizational partner from outside CCNY;
  • Are usually for college credit, but can be constructed as paid engagements (stipend or hourly);
  • Usually last for a single semester (but can be extended);
  • Always involve the student in a team effort;
  • Produce tangible product(s) that have real deadlines and quality requirements, or make contributions to ongoing research and development;
  • Require each member of the project team to be individually responsible for delivering a specific work product, or discrete piece of the larger effort;
  • Allow the intellectual property associated with the project to remain with the client; and
  • Finish with a project team presentation of the work completed.

Interested in STARTING A PROJECT?  You will need to submit a proposal that identifies what you need, when you need it, what you’ll do with it, and what skillsets you need to get it done.

Interested in SERVING ON A PROJECT?  You will need to submit a resume identifying what you can do, what major you are pursuing, and the kinds of projects on which you’d like to participate.

In both cases, you need to contact Roopnarine, Director of Maker Space & Industrial Collaborations, to get more information.

CURRENTLY ACTIVE PROJECTS

Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Recorder Autonomous Drone (TerraDrone):
Hydrologic Processes, Soil, and Vegetation Analytical UAV

Project Description:

Using UAV technology, a project will be undertaken to develop a terrestrial ecosystem research recorder autonomous drone (TerraDrone) to monitor terrestrial vegetation and hydrologic processes. The TerraDrone is a semi-autonomous drone with a payload designed to measure surface temperature and surface reflectance with a visible near-infrared stereo-pair camera. These airborne measurements, along with field-deployed instruments, will be used to determine physical parameters of the relevant to plant physiology, including vegetative health (LAI, NDVI) and above ground volume.  Advances in digital image processing like structure from motion (SfM) processing, a technique to estimate three-dimensional structure from sequential visible images, provides the means to create digital terrain mapping and vegetation volume estimates from stereo-pair imagery at a low cost. These data enable estimation of important environmental measures like crop-productivity and support surface hydrology modeling.

A diurnal measurement strategy will be used infer hydrologic state variables such as plant and surface soil moisture from thermal maps.  This suite of vegetation and hydrologic state variables will be used towards research and industry goals including the determination of ecosystem stress, drought and inundation monitoring and precision agricultural practices.

An effort over the summer produced a fixed-wing drone design with on-board cameras and the capacity for geotagging images taken. The system can fly for roughly half an hour between charges.

Deliverables:

In the next iteration, two flight designs will be implemented (fixed-wing and quad-copter).  Additional work will be needed to extend the flight time of the drone.  Additional work will be needed to allow the drone to flight in fully autonomous mode, using a GPS-aided waystation model.  Additional thermal sensors will need to be introduced, and a more robust and sophisticated system for storing and analyzing the images and data collected introduced.  The drone(s), once prototyped, will need to be tested in the field (at a vineyard on Long Island), where data can be collected and compared to readings obtained from ground monitors to ensure the quality of the aerial analysis.  The on-board cameras and sensing equipment will need to be upgraded.  The results will be a fully-functional drone with both autonomous and user-controlled flight modes that carries thermal sensors, custom stereo-optical payloads for NVDI measurement, and SfM 3D DEM generation that has been properly field-tested and is ready for limited deployment.

Faculty Mentors:  Prof. Kyle McDonald (EAS), Dr. Nick Steiner (EAS)

Project Sponsor:  TBD

Senior Design Project Period:  September 2017 to May 2018

Wind-Rider: A wall-climbing robot to clean and inspect wind-turbine blades

Project Description:

The pollution on the wind turbine blades impacts the aerodynamic performance seriously, leading to decreased ability to catch the wind and resulting up to 50% power generation drop in extreme contamination at high wind speed. Four types of contamination are found: dust particles; dead insect body concentrate on leading edge of the blade; oil spill from pitch reducer; sulfur dioxide (So2) corrosion that damages the blade structure. The current practice of manual cleaning requires two human workers, takes one day to clean one turbine using rope access, which is a dangerous, costly and tedious job. It is more expensive and time consuming to install blade access platform to perform the cleaning job.

The goal of this project is to develop a highly efficient robotic solution that consists of a climbing robot, a cleaning mechanism, and monitoring cameras, and integrate them with a remote control/display unit to clean the wind turbine blade in a faster, better, safer and less costly manner. More frequent cleaning services enabled by our cost-effective robotic solution will improve wind turbine aerodynamic performance and electricity generation output, thus increase the revenue. It will also reduce corrosion and increase the lifespan of the wind turbine.

An effort over the summer produced a prototype (untested) with an articulated body to confirm to the curvature of the turbine blade and designs for the direct application of cleaning solution and water to the blade surface.  Projections of battery life and cleaning speed suggest that the drone can clean a turbine in half a day.

Deliverables:

In the next iteration, the prototype will need to be fully assembled and tested.  A power supply solution will need to be implemented that will allow the drone to work for hours without recharging.  A cleaning supply solution will need to be implemented so that the drone can clean the blades without carrying its own water and cleaning fluid on the unit.  Cameras, not currently included in the design need to be installed to allow the controller to direct the device from the ground using POV guidance (which also allows for limited inspection of the blade’s surface) rather than line of sight.  A transmittal solution needs to be implemented so that the visuals from the unit, and the commands to operate it, can be exchanged in an environment where the WiFi coverage may be insufficient.   And an autonomous operation mode should be explored so that multiple drones can be deployed to clean multiple turbines at once, without requiring multiple human operators.

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Jizhong Xiao

Project Sponsor:  Potentially Deepwater Wind and Goldwind Americas, manufacturers of wind turbines.

Senior Design Project Period:  September 2017 to May 2018

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR STUDENTS

Students come to CCNY to prepare themselves for their lives ahead – to study areas of interest, to gain valuable knowledge, and the acquire the academic grounding necessary to pursue their careers.   As critical as education is, however, the student also needs professional development training.  In addition to the many opportunities for students to participate in special, non-class activities that hone their skills, CiPASS has aggregated a selection of workshops, training sessions, seminars, and activities into five groupings, each of which prepares the student – in a preliminary fashion – for a specific outcome.  These groupings are known as Verticals.

The five Verticals are:

First Job Preparation

  • Exploring Career Options
  • Job Search
  • Networking/Informational Interviewing
  • Resume Writing
  • Writing a Cover Letter
  • Mastering the Interview
  • Business Etiquette/Professionalism

Project Management

  • Design Thinking
  • Lean Startup Methodology
  • SDLC Methodology
  • Agile Project Management
  • Intellectual Property
  • Presentation Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Group/Team Dynamics
  • Leadership
  • Business Etiquette/Professionalism
  • Conflict Resolution
  • An Internship or Project

Grad School Preparation

  • Applying for/Funding Graduate School
  • Exploring Career Options
  • Mastering the Interview
  • Writing a Cover Letter
  • Resume Writing

Entrepreneurship

  • Networking/Informational Interviewing
  • Lean Startup Methodology
  • Presentation Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • intellectual Property
  • Business Etiquette/Professionalism
  • Design Thinking
  • Product/Market Fit
  • Group/Team Dynamics
  • An Internship, Project, or Startup entry to the Zahn Center

Device Mastery/SuperUser Designation

  • Training on Specific Devices
  • Leading Device-Specific Training Session
  • Training Training Leaders

Training in each Vertical is offered by a variety of CCNY resources, including the Career Placement and Development Institute, the Zahn Innovation Center, and professors and senior administrators on campus.

Students can take any training in any Vertical they wish, but they must complete all of the trainings in a Vertical before graduation to receive the Certificate of Completion.  The trainings can be taken any order, by any student, at any time during their CCNY career.

None of the trainings carry academic credit.  However, they are an important demonstration of the student’s commitment to their post-college careers and allow them, in a structured fashion, to avail themselves of the best non-classroom preparation that CCNY has to offer.

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PROJECT REQUEST

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Photo courtesy the Zahn Innovation Center

Experiential Learning provides students with opportunities to interact with industry through projects and internships. Working with industry representatives, corporate, non-profit, and governmental bodies, we work to secure opportunities that will produce specific deliverables for defined clients, allowing the students to apply their knowledge and experience to the solution of real-world problems.

Projects are implemented under Faculty direction, last for at least one semester, and are pursued by teams of up to 5 students. Each project should produce one or more deliverables during its timeframe, with each member of the project team having responsibility for a part of that deliverable.  The projects usually end with a presentation of the results. Projects take place primarily at CCNY in the CiPASS MakerSpace, in professorial laboratories, and in other prototyping suites on campus, depending on the nature of the project.

Requestors are required to submit:

¨ Their contact information;

¨ A project description;

¨ A project budget;

¨ Project deliverables; and

¨ The desired skillsets of the project team members.

Additional information on the Request Form can be found from clicking on the hyperlinks in the application form. The application can be filled out by clicking the button below.

APPLY FOR A PROJECT

The City College Initiative to Promote Academic Success in STEM

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ZAHN INNOVATION CENTER

Experiential Learning provides students with opportunities to interact with industry through projects and internships.   Working with industry representatives, corporate, non-profit, and governmental bodies, we work to secure opportunities that will produce specific deliverables for defined clients, allowing the students to apply their knowledge and experience to the solution of real-world problems.

Projects are undertaken at City College in CCNY Facilities like the CiPASS MakerSpace, most of the time.  CiPASS will generally post project opportunities when they come available, which is usually toward the end of the term (work starts toward the beginning of the next term). You can apply for a specific one.

If you wish, you can submit your application in advance so that you are part of the applicant pol when a project becomes available.   The application form for both instances appears below.

Additional information on the Request Form can be found from clicking on the hyperlinks in the application. The application can be filled out by clicking the button below.

THE INDUSTRIAL CONSORTIUM

Industry engagement is the key to making our Experiential Learning endeavor a success; we rely on companies to help us identify, research and innovate toward the trends and technologies of the future.  Furthermore, in order for our students to mobilize the skills and experiences that make them work-ready, we need to know what is prized in the workplace.  We therefore encourage and actively seek industry involvement to help us develop an ecosystem that will allow our students to reach their full potential to the benefit of all parties involved.  For this reason, we’ve created an Industry Consortium under CiPASS.

Industrial Consortium members are organizations in the public, private, or governmental sector that work with CCNY to provide projects or internships for our students.

Below are the benefits and features of Consortium Membership, depending on level of participation.

Participation Level (Annually)
Member ($5,000 – $10,000) Gold ($10,001 – $20,000) Platinum (>$20,001)
Collaborate with dedicated faculty with access to their R&D lab X X X
Access to diverse student body across all STEM fields X X X
Access to Maker Space* X X
Advisory Board Membership X

Annual dollar figures may be achieved by any combination of the following:

  • Cash contribution
  • Funded project with participation of students, industry and faculty and with specific deliverables
  • Project supplies, materials and equipment
  • Student internships
  • Provide professional development services for students at CCNY (e.g., presentation training, skill building workshops, job placement assistance, etc.)

For more information on the Consortium or to discuss potential projects, please contact Roopnarine, Director of Maker Space & Industrial Collaborations, at nroopnarine@ccny.cuny.edu or 212-650-8035.

THE MAKERSPACE

The Projects on which the student teams are deployed will be centered in the MakerSpace.

The MakerSpace is a 3,000 sqft prototyping suite and co-working facility on the campus of the City College of New York.  Slated for completion in the summer of 2018, the MakerSpace will be fully-equipped with — 3D printers, milling machines, laser cutters, injection molders, and a wide array of devices to bring your project to life.  It is part of a campus-wide Production Zone that, in partnership with facilities of the Zahn Innovation Center, the Masters in Translational Medicine Program, the CCNY Machine Shop, and the individual laboratories of distinguished professors on campus, provides a suite of devices that can take your concept from prototype to production.

The prototyping facilities are co-located with an expansive, flexible co-working space.  The space will feature an open floorplan that allows its tables and chairs to be rearranged as needed to facilitate work and interaction.  It will also feature conference-call capable smartboards, copious whiteboard space, dedicated computer stations, and supplies to allow its projects to move forward smoothly.  It will be overseen by an on-site technologist who can manage projects, handle machines, and help project teams deliver your results on time.

The MakerSpace will be placed in the cellar of Steinman Hall, home to the Grove School of Engineering, the prototyping suite of the Zahn Innovation Center, the planned prototyping facility of the CUNY Masters in Translational Medicine Program, and an array of professorial laboratories devoted the investigation of cutting edge STEM devices, techniques, and discoveries.  This combination of equipment and facilities allows CCNY to deliver exceptional research and projects for academic, industrial, and governmental purposes.

THE CIPASS ADVISORY BOARD

Advisory Board members to the STEM ECOSYSTEM provide insight into industry trends, contribute to the expansion of our network of partner companies, and interact with talented, diverse students and faculty to create a learning environment that continuously adapts and improves.

Join us.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

JACK FEINSTEIN

Retired V.P. for Consolidated Edison of NY and prominent energy consultant.

LOURDES GONZALEZ

VP for Global Manufacturing, Medtronic

RAJ MANCHANDA

Director, Business Development – Manufacturing & Robotics, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers

JOE QUIROGA

JOHAN TOLOSA

Senior Analyst, Con Edison

BRIAN WILSON

President and Co-Founder, DURO UAS

DR. JORGE GONZALEZ-CRUZ

CiPASS Program Director

DR. FERIDUN DELALE

Chair, Mechanical Engineering, CCNY

DR. FRED MOSHARY

Electrical Engineering Professor, CCNY

DR. JOSEPH BARBA

Director of Student Entrepreneurship, CCNY

SUPPORT EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

The City College of New York believes that experiential, project-based learning is an exceptional means by which students can be prepared for the workplace.  Experiential Learning combines the rigors of the classroom with the demands of the workroom; unites the complexities of theory with the practicalities of production; and allows individual expertise to improve the strength of a project team.

There are many ways you and your company can help make this preparation possible.

You can provide mentorship and advisement for the students, using your experience to help them along their career paths.

You can develop projects on which they can work, or internships that will let their skills help you achieve your goals.

You can identify other organizations and individuals that can help.

You can provide in-kind support, such as materials or equipment, to advance our projects.  You can share your expertise in seminars and training sessions at which the students can enhance their skills.

You can provide financial support for specific projects, particular purchases, or for the general operation and support of the experiential learning program.

You can hire our students into your organization, gaining highly-qualified, culturally diverse, work-ready employees to move your company forward.

You can do several of these things as a member of our Advisory Board.

We can explore all of these and other means by which you might get engaged,  Please contact Roopnarine, Director of Maker Space & Industrial Collaborations, to begin the exploration.

HAVE QUESTIONS ?

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