Academic Capstone Experience

Welcome to the Academic Capstone Experience (ACE)

The ACE is a major component of the MA program that is typically completed the semester before you graduate. This can be completed during spring, summer or fall. It provides an opportunity to get practical experience, apply a skill set to a real world situation or conduct sustainability research beyond your coursework.

All Patel College students are required to complete an ACE in the US and/or abroad prior to graduation. The MA program has two (2) capstone courses to choose from:

  1. IDS 6946 – Sustainability Internship, or
  2. IDS 6398 – Research Project 

 Are you ready for your Academic Capstone Experience? See the steps below. (Click on icons )

 NOTE: You MUST complete all your core and concentration courses before attempting to register for ACE.


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Submission Deadlines:

  • Fall- June 1
  • Spring - September 1
  • Summer - February 1
  • Identify and discuss your internship / research project with your professor to get an approval.
  • Develop the IPA / RPA and have it signed by all parties as indicated.
  • Submission Deadlines:
    • Fall- August 1
    • Spring - December 1
    • Summer - May 1
  • Register with USF Abroad for all internships/research abroad
  • Approval takes upto 30 business days. Plan to register a month before your travel dates.
  • To register, visit Education Abroad.
  • List Randall Pape as  the Official Contact under Academic Advisor/Graduate Coordinator.

Applies to International students only.

  • To intern within the US, All international students must apply for CPT authorization.
  • You must be enrolled for one academic year in the Global Sustainability program at PCGS to be eligible. (Time in Academic English or Pathway programs does not count towards this requirement)
  • To register, visit USF World.
  • Please list Randall Pape as the Official Contact under Academic Advisor/Graduate Coordinator.

Please be aware that the ACE is a 3-6 credits course.

Students are responsible for paying any additional costs that their internship or research project may entail.
If you choose to do an internship with a global partner or a third-party partner, please note that the partner's program fees are separate from USF tuition.

For funding assistance, you can apply for scholarships, fellowships or contact USF Financial Aid.

Dr. Dorsey


For more information, please contact the ACE Director:
Joseph Dorsey, Ph.D.
(813) 974-5883 |