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The Quad currently offers two distinct programs. Each program equips students and recent graduates with the tools and experience to take a project from start to finish, work in a high-pressure team environment, and work with clients to deliver what they need.

Innovation Consulting

A 10-week program where dedicated teams of students and recent grads work throughout the semester with a client to solve impactful problems. The teams work with a faculty advisor, Quad staff, and clients 10 hours a week to complete catalytic deliverables. This paid opportunity allows teams to execute social impact while developing their networks, gaining market-relevant experience, and connecting to meaningful professional opportunities.

Summer Intensive

A four-week immersion into what it takes to turn an idea into valuable action and how to accomplish real impact in your community. Motivated students or recent grads to go to work solving one of the most pressing issues facing the Colorado Springs community. These teams work together to think of, design and test a viable solution to a client’s problem. Along the way they connect with influential experts, decision makers and community leaders and get a behind-the-scenes look into how to make real, community-level change in Colorado Springs.


  • December 7th – Spring Innovation Consulting applications open 
  • February 19th – Summer Intensive applications open   


We work with our community partners to build experiences that highlight opportunities for innovation in our community. These aren’t yesterday’s information sessions and panel discussions. Instead, they’re an opportunity to live what is happening at the cutting edge of progress in Colorado Springs.


We offer a series of noncredit educational opportunities that build relationships with community leaders and abilities in skills that matter in today’s workplace. Design thinking, feasibility analysis, strategic communications, fundraising, creative problem solving and public speaking are some of the many skills that the Quad develops through the collective expertise of its four partner colleges. These classes are like no other, and teach students what it takes to turn ideas into valuable action.


We curate paid opportunities for students to go hands on solving problems for major organizations in the area. Teams of students and alumni, supervised by invested faculty and staff, can spend up to a year developing a solution that works.
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