Professionals in every occupation complain that they never learned practical skills in grad school. Not graduates of CSPP. In Los Angeles, CSPP sponsors the Center for Innovation and Change (CIC) so that students graduate with practical experience that puts them head and shoulders above graduates of other programs. The CIC provides pro-bono and low-cost consulting services to respected organizations in the LA area. Clients have included Goodwill of Southern California since 1997, Disney, City of Hope National Medical Center, Ingenium Schools, and the City of Pasadena.
CIC project teams are staffed and led by students and faculty. The CIC allows students to begin honing their consulting skills at a very early stage of their graduate careers. Participation in CIC projects is not required, but is recommended for students with no previous professional experience. Students can gain credit towards internship with permission.
For more information on the CIC, contact Dr. Jonathan Troper, CIC Director.
Consulting Center in San Diego: Organizational Consulting Centers
The Organizational Consulting Center (OCC) is located at the San Diego campus and functions as a small business unit within CSPP providing students experience planning and managing projects in Organizational Psychology. The OCC offers services to businesses in the private and not for profit sectors. While working on projects, students draw upon the expertise of faculty and senior students.
Students selected for an OCC project gain hands-on experience working closely with a faculty member and a local community organization in performing work such as performance management, workflow and workplace efficiency planning, training, team building, culture realignment, leadership development, or coaching services. The type and number of projects vary from year to year and by campus because they depend on the initiative, creativity, personal contacts, and available time of students and faculty who enjoy these types of challenges.
For more information on the OCC, contact Dr. Jennifer Harper (live link), OCC Director.