Students, alumni invited to apply for paid Quad Innovation consulting projects

A Quad Innovation Alliance project team poses for a photo before formally presenting their work to the Colorado Springs business community. Photo credit: Wild Prairie Photography

UCCS students and recent graduates are encouraged to apply for paid consulting opportunities through the Quad Innovation Alliance, which provides community-focused solutions to Colorado Springs businesses.

The Quad’s virtual spring semester program will run Feb. 15 to May 4, 2021. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021.

The Quad is a joint initiative between UCCS, Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Students participating in the innovation consulting program help to research and design future initiatives for city, community and local organizations. Each project team is comprised of interdisciplinary students representing at least three of the Quad’s four partner organizations.

Past teams have worked on initiatives including engaging youth in electric energy solutions, improving public health, trust and safety, expanding behavioral health programs in schools and more. During the spring semester program, students will also have opportunities to work on projects related to nonprofit success in the COVID-19 era and helping to support organizational resilience during the pandemic.

Students participating in Quad programs have the opportunity to add professional experience to their resumes, develop technical skills and advance their leadership abilities in a diverse, professional team environment. Students are given meaningful direction and assistance by professional management staff, and faculty offer advising on relevant subject matter expertise. 

All students save U.S. Air Force cadets are awarded a $1,350 stipend to support a 10 to 15-hour weekly commitment. This semester’s program will be offered virtually.

Apply using the online application. The regular admission deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2021. For further information, contact Belle Cotton, operations manager for the Quad.