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CTS Center for Experiential Education

Past Field Projects

Students have completed several field projects in the past years. The following are just a few illustrations of our best field projects.


Company: InterCambio Express
Company Website: www.intercambioexpress.com
Address: Goshen, Indiana

Project Description:
Design and implement an employee handbook for the client which is in alignment with the client's management practices and culture and complies with HR good practice and employment and labor law. Student will benchmark compensation practices of similar companies and make recommendations regarding certain compensation policies which the company has not yet developed (health insurance, paid time off, unpaid absences such as maternity and educational leave, etc.). Student will incorporate new policies into the handbook once the client has adopted them.

Academic Expectations:
Student has to read various journal papers and books to understand the compensation practices of companies.

Comments from Client:
"The studnent carries a lot of confidence with her HR abilities and speaks well when she quotes standards, practices and laws as it relates to HR law. The student has obviously been exposed to HR professionals who know the laws and best practices and was able to incorporate that knowledge into the work she did for us. The project provided us with a good foundation for our employee handbook and will be used to build upon as we make additions to the book." - Anita Knudson, CFO, InterCambio Express, Inc.


Company: Project Future, Inc.
Company Website: www.projectfuture.org/
Address: 401 East Colfax Avenue, Suite 305, South Bend, Indiana

Project Description:
Design and implement a Survey Form in a website. Implement survey results in excel and database. Publish survey results from a database.

Academic Expectations:
Students have to learn excel modeling and database design. They need to understand how to implement real-time reports using customer data. Normalization of databases have to be understood well before ER design of the database. Read various journal articles and books.

Comments from Client:
"I’m writing to express appreciation for the assistance of CTS-CEE program. Without their help the 2009 edition of Project Future’s annual survey of wages and benefits for the Michiana area would have been much more difficult, if not impossible, to complete. To explain, Project Future has conducted this survey for several years, manually tabulating data from printed forms completed by businesses and organizations in the region. It was decided in 2009 to migrate the survey to an online form and we contracted with your CTS-CEE program to devise a means of generating reports from the collected data. The Center tested and revised the reporting engine and also worked with interns based at Project Future, sharpening their skills and guiding them in validating data and completing the needed reports. Our partner economic development agencies and the survey participants seem to be pleased with the results." - Bill Wilson, Communications and Marketing Manager, Project Future.


Company: LaSalle Council Boy Scouts of America.
Company Website: www.lasallecouncilbsa.org/
Address: 1340 South Bend Ave. (SR 23), South Bend, Indiana

Project Description:
Analyze the current funds and financial position of a non-profit organization, LaSalle Council Boy Scouts of America, and to research a better way of fundraising.

Academic Expectations:
Student has to learn structures of non-profit organizations, their activities and operations strategies, basic analysis of financial statements, and learn strategies of marketing over Intenet. Read various journal articles and books.

Comments from Client:
"The student summer project with the LaSalle Council, BSA was needed and appreciated by our organization.   As you may know, we are under great pressure to balance our budget on a shrinking base of support, mainly due to  significant shrinkage in total United Way support over the last several years. The student's mission was to assist the LaSalle Council in looking at existing and new ways to increase the funding base with some focus on marketing and planning to get the council to a stronger funding business plan for the near and long term future. I am happy to report that the student's involvement and leadership here has help bring us some new needed ideas and methods in fundraising through the internet and social networking.  This was the direction we actually hoped that the student would end up at after he did an extensive review of our marketing and fundraising programs and methods. Thus, we are now ready to embark upon a new journey in marketing and fundraising to help support the mission of Scouting and the families here in the Greater Michiana Area. Thank you to all of  IUSB for your support in having a student join us to help better our community and youth while hopefully strengthening his learning curve in a different environment,  at the same time." - Patrick D Bridges, Scout Executive/CEO, LaSalle Council, Boy Scouts of America.