FAQs: Capstone

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How is international capstone different?

Students in international specializations across the degree programs are given the opportunity to travel to conduct intensive field work for an outside organization. International site visits typically take place during the students' winter break during late December to late January (their January intercession) when they are not in class.

How are Capstone projects selected? How are Capstone projects assigned?

Prospective Capstone clients respond to a request for proposals (RFP) in the spring by submitting their applications through our online portal. All proposals are vetted by Wagner administration and viable projects are offered to Capstone faculty for comment and selection.

I am a potential client. What is the Capstone project proposal selection process?

Submitted proposals are first vetted for feasibility and fit within Capstone's guidelines and NYU Wagner's learning objectives and curricular areas of focus. Then, approved proposals are distributed to the Capstone faculty for review, who may contact prospective clients for clarification on the scope of projects.

I am a potential client. What can my organization expect from a Capstone Team? What will a Capstone Team expect of my organization?

Each student team will develop and negotiate a scope-of-work agreement with the client once its proposal has been selected. The project team will use its best efforts to perform the services described in the work plan and will inform the client of any potential problems which would change the scope of services.

I am a potential client. If my organization applies for a Capstone Team, are we certain to get one?

We receive more proposals than we have student teams. As a result, there is no guarantee that a proposal will be chosen by a student team. However, if your project is not chosen, you will be given the opportunity to convert the project into an internship opportunity for Wagner students.

I am a potential client. What is a project liaison? How much time should a project liaison expect to put towards a Capstone Team?

All Capstone clients must designate one person in their agency who will act as the project liaison and a back-up person in case of a change in circumstances that prevents the original liaison from continuing in the role. Project liaisons are expected to act as the main organizational contact to the Capstone Team and to respond to the Capstone Team as appropriate.

I am a potential client. Is there a fee associated with engaging a Capstone Team?

An engagement fee of $5,000 is suggested for chosen projects. NYU Wagner recognizes there will be organizations for which this fee may be prohibitive. In these cases, the fee may be adjusted to reflect the resources available to each agency. Your application will be reviewed on its merits, not your organization's ability to pay.