Organizations contact the Engineering Writing Program to have their project included on the semester list given to the students, who then choose based on their own area of expertise or their shared interest in an organization's goals. Students then make contact with the non-profit's representative and arrange a site visit. Contact is maintained throughout the semester, and the students' ideas are put into a formal written report. An oral presentation to the organization (which is part of the students' final grade) is also arranged on campus. These projects allow students to experience real situations with more than a grade at stake and see how their ideas can directly affect others. The projects also allow non-profit organizations to benefit from intelligent and curious minds.
Interested organizations can contact the Engineering Writing Program through its Director, Stephen Bucher, firstname.lastname@example.org, 213-740-3094.