R.E.A.L. Projects for Companies & Alumni

What are R.E.A.L. Projects?

Real Experience Applied Learning

R.E.A.L. Projects are student led, multidisciplinary teams who work with a company liasion on a project you submit. Organizations interested in hiring or working with WSU students are encouraged to participate.

R.E.A.L Projects are a for-credit class focused on project management. The goal is to produce recommendations, results or deliverables for company clients. Students meet 6 times in class for training and instruction each semester and work outside of class 7-9 hours a week with their team to complete a project.


How does it work?

  1. Clients develop a project summary that outlines the work they want completed. The project summary is submitted here. Clients can specify skill set and majors they are looking for in their student team
  2. Project summaries are made available to interested students across the university
  3. Students register for the R.E.A.L Projects course and then rank their preferred projects
  4. Project groups are then created and assigned to work with a client on their project. The projects run the length of fall and spring semesters, starting in September and January and lasting 13 weeks.

Types of Projects:

The type of work students will be doing depends on the company sponsoring the project and what their needs are. A list of projects will be emailed to students after they register. The email will have the company name and a summary of the project. Students will be able to rank the projects according to their preference. R.E.A.L. Projects faculty will assign you to a project and a team. Students won't always get their most preferred project, but faculty will do their best to accomodate requests.

Past Projects:

Market Research | Publishing Company

  • Project team conducted a S.W.O.T. analysis of new markets for the company to expan into, and created a launch/marketing packet for potential clients in those new markets.

Digital Resource Guide | Government

  • Project team created a website to house collected resource information for furloughed employees affected by government shutdowns.

Training Content and Video | On-Campus University Employee

  • Project team developed an information brochure to help educate new volunteers, and created a video to help train them.

Possible Projects Categories:

  • Incorporate best practices
  • Analyze new market opportunities
  • Evaluate organizational effectiveness or change
  • Deliver supply chain resource recommendations
  • Marketing plans, marketing research
  • Consumer or competitive analysis
  • Feasibility, economic and benchmark studies
  • New programming creation

Client Expectations:

  • Provide clarification and guidance to your student project team
  • Make yourself available for weekly communication with your team
  • Provide timely and constructive feedback

Benefits:

Connect with Weber State University students

  • Take the opportunity to conduct a 13-week interview of potential new talent
  • Mentor the up-and-coming future workforce

Give back to Weber State University

  • Are you an alumnus? Working with a R.E.A.L. Projects team of WSU students is a great way to give back to your alma mater

Get some stuff done!

  • Use R.E.A.L. Projects to check off all the items on your to-do list that you just haven't been able to get around to
  • Gain access to new knowledge and university resources

Questions to Consider Before Submitting a Project:

  1. What are your biggest challenges?
  2. Do you have any new products or services?
  3. What areas are you most understaffed?
  4. Do you have any processes that could benefit from lean principles?
  5. Are there areas of the marketplace you would like to tap into?

Submit Your Project Proposal!

Sign up for a R.E.A.L. Project!

Fill out the project application to submit your project proposal. All proposals are reviewed within 48 business hours, then you will be contacted by the R.E.A.L. Projects screening committee to discuss your proposal. 

Do you need assistance coming up with a project proposal, or determining the scope of work you need a project team for?
Contact us!