ICS Capstone Program Overview

4 Steps to Becoming a Capstone Project Partner:

Step 1
: Complete the Project Scoping Form
Step 2: Read the Partner Guide for best practices
Step 3Schedule a 30-minute project scope qualification meeting
Step 4: Submit a 2-3 minute "pitch video" of the project, which will be shared with students during the selection process (videos should be an MP4 file, not exceed 3-minutes, and recorded in landscape (wide) orientation)

Capstone Program Introduction
The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) is inviting industry partners across the board, from start-ups and non-profits to mid-size and established corporations, to work with teams of ICS undergraduate or graduate students on capstone projects.

Capstone projects take place over 10 weeks or 20 weeks (one or two quarters) during the academic year and enable ICS students to engage with regional, national, and global organizations around projects motivated by real-world problems. Project topics tie into cutting-edge areas of computing and information technology, including artificial intelligence and data analytics, cybersecurity, web applications, online services, cloud computing, and mobile applications, to name a few.

Capstone project partners often rely on capstone projects to explore new ideas or proof-of-concept prototypes, and the hands-on learning for students may translate into practical solutions down the road. For the vast majority of students and partners, however, the benefits extend beyond impressive portfolios and innovative prototypes, providing an informed path to professional development for students and talent recruiting for industry partners.

Partnership Options and Project Timelines
Capstone partners are encouraged to support the ICS Capstone Program through philanthropic gifts, with the understanding that non-profits may have limited resources to do so. Please view the Capstone Program Overview for information on the schedule and timeline of capstone project courses. Typically, partners engage in project scoping conversations with our corporate relations team and faculty mentors several months in advance of the target start date. At the beginning of a capstone course, partners pitch their proposed projects to the students and faculty mentors facilitate the process of matching projects with student teams.

Take the First Step in Becoming a Capstone Project Partner
If you are interested in becoming a capstone project partner, please submit a Project Scoping Form. To ensure that your project proposal is considered for review before project spots fill up, please submit your completed scoping form as soon as possible.

Videos of past capstone projects and project partner pitches:


Project partners must complete the Project Scoping Form and pitch video at least one month prior to the start of a capstone project. Please view the Capstone Program Overview for information on the schedule and timeline of capstone projects.

2023-2024 Quarter Start Dates

  • Fall 2023: September 25, 2023
  • Winter 2024: January 3, 2024
  • Spring 2024: March 27, 2024
  • Summer 2024: June 24, 2024

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Mimi Anderson, Associate Director of Corporate Relations and Capstone Programs, at yangmm@uci.edu or (949) 824-8320.