BusinessWorks Virtual Co-Op Program

School of Business
(440) 826-4000, business@bw.edu

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WHAT IS BUSINESSWORKS?

BusinessWorks is an interdisciplinary experiential learning and internship program that provides valuable, paid employment opportunities for BW students while helping employers source prospective talent, advance strategic goals, and launch new large-scale offerings.

Using the virtual co-op model, students in the program work for outside employers on campus before or after class, connecting with stakeholders virtually or at meetings scheduled around key project milestones. This enables students more flexibility and greater opportunities to hone their skills with a real-world organization without traveling off site.

Each student receives support and guidance from a faculty mentor in their respective discipline. The program creates a transdisciplinary experience in which team members from different majors can learn from each other while serving the client.

PILOT PROJECT

Photo of students standing in a conference room in front of TV screens with the Business Works logoIn the 2018-2019 pilot project, a team of faculty and students developed the initial version of a web-based, consumer decision-making app for an outside client, a conglomerate of automobile dealerships based outside of Ohio.

The initial use case for the app will help customers navigate the process of buying a new car. The project involves faculty and students from three departments: computer science, digital media design, and marketing.

CURRENT PROJECTS

For the 2019-20 academic year, the BusinessWorks program will manage two projects for two different employers. The car-buying app project will continue for further develop of a minimally viable product the student team developed in spring 2019.

In addition, a new project related to health and human services will begin. Dr. Brian Krupp and the students from his undergraduate computer science research group will work with the Medina County division of OhioGuidestone on an interface that can anonymously track health outcomes for individuals seeking sobriety.

REQUEST A PROJECT TEAM

Have a project or idea that a team of students can bring to fruition? Please submit the form below to receive information on partnering with the BusinessWorks program to advance your organization’s strategic goals.