Information for Students

The Innovation Advancement Program invites interested undergraduate students from the Barrett, The Honors College and graduate students from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, W.P Carey School of Business, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to contact Suzanne Lynn, Program Coordinator, at

The IAP is offered in the spring and fall semesters, as well as during summer session, and qualified students are invited to participate based on the following criteria (in no particular order):

  • Career goals/objectives
  • Educational background/area(s) of emphasis
  • Faculty recommendations
  • GPA
  • Availability/flexibility of schedule


IAP Fact Sheet


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I submit my application?
A: Electronic versions of the application and supporting documents are strongly recommended. Just e-mail the application and documents

Q: What is the full process that I will go through before being accepted?
A:  The IAP operates on an apply, interview, accept/decline system.  After sending in an application, students are asked to attend an interview (details will be provided once your application is received) IAP faculty and/or staff.  After all interviews are complete, the faculty/staff  will review the applicant pool and send an invitation or regret letter to each applicant, usually within a week of the interviews ending.

Q: The IAP application time frame isn't aligned with the usual registration dates. I need to register for next semester's classes before I'll know if I'm accepted into the program.
A: Unfortunately, the multi-disciplinary nature of the program doesn't always allow the full application process to be completed before registration starts. It is recommended that you sign up for a full course load as if you were not participating in the IAP with plans to drop one or more courses if you are accepted into the program.

Q: I cannot make the scheduled lunch meetings. Can I still participate?
A: No. The lunch meetings are an important part of the course and are required.

Q: How many total credits should I take if I'm accepted into the program?
A: The IAP is a time intensive course. More than 15 total credit hours are not recommended for students participating in the program. In the past, some Honors College students taking 18 hours and law students taking 16 hours have been successful in the program, but students planning to take more than 15 total credits should discuss this plan with IAP Faculty during the application process.

 Q: Can I volunteer my time instead of taking the course for credit?
A: No, all students must take the course for credit.

Q: Can I participate for one quarter instead of a full semester?
A: No, the course is set up as a semester-long course.
Q: What course do I take to receive course credit?
A: Each student’s home department chooses what course they will take to receive course credit.  Contact Suzanne Lynn at to ask if the IAP has a specific contact in your home department you should work with.

 Q: I’m not sure I can participate in the course.  If invited to participate, should I just accept then drop the course if I’m unable to participate?
A: Because this is a “live client” class, dropping the course three weeks before the of the beginning of the semester and later is really disruptive to the other students, the clients, and the IAP faculty and staff.  If you are unsure if you can participate, please let us know at least three weeks before the beginning of the semester so we can plan accordingly when choosing clients, etc.
Q: What is the time commitment for participation in the IAP?
A: The expected workload for IAP students in the Spring and Fall semesters is 10 to 12 hours per week (17 to 20 for the summer) for all except law students, who will be expected to contribute 15 to 20 hours weekly (27 to 32 for the summer) to clinic work. Four of these hours must be spent in the SkySong office while the remaining hours can be worked from other locations. Students are required to finalize their ‘office hours’ schedule during the first week of the semester. In addition to the four weekly hours spent at the SkySong office, students will attend a one-hour team meeting (day varies by semester but meetings generally run from noon until 1 p.m.) each week. The lunch meeting time may shift slightly (beginning at 12:15pm) to accommodate the MBA students’ schedules but will end no later than 1:15pm.
Q: How will grading be handled?
A: All except law students receive a letter grade for their participation in the IAP (law students take the class on a pass/fail basis). Grades are based upon attendance at team meetings and office hours, timeliness of project completion, quality of completed projects and professionalism. Both the IAP Faculty and the student will recommend grades using the following form, with the IAP Faculty making the final grade assignment decision: