Gallo-Modesto, CA Project Center (MQP)
E & J Gallo Wineries, headquartered in Modesto, has winery operations in Sonoma and Napa Valleys, in Livingston and Fresno. Modesto is located in the San Joaquin Valley, which is approximately 88 miles east of San Francisco and 84 miles northeast of San José. Livingston is approximately 45 minutes south of Modesto and Fresno is approximately two hours south of Modesto. Weather in C Term will be in the low 50's to upper 60's.
Students will live in shared apartments in Modesto, CA. The apartment complex is located within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and public transportation. All apartments will be completely furnished, including all necessary kitchen / cooking / serving utensils. Laundry facilities are located in each building of the complex. Apartment leases include use of the pool, the fitness center and the tennis courts. Since there is no maid service at the apartments, students are required to keep their apartments clean. Make sure to consider your own dietary restrictions, allergies, and general health and inform your Advisor(s) and IGSD of any conditions of concern through the Health Preparation Process. Accommodations are subject to change and will be confirmed by the beginning of the term prior to departure.
Students must arrive on or before the posted start date and stay through the posted end date of the program. Dates will be posted in the Fact Sheet at the top of this page. WPI housing will be available from the start date to the end date. If students plan to arrange any personal travel before or after the program, they are responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing.
Students participating in E & J Gallo Wineries-sponsored MQPs in C-Term also take part in a Preliminary Qualifying Project (PQP) in B-Term. During this PQP, students perform background research in their project area, learn about the company and industry where they will be completing their project, and hold discussions with their Gallo mentors and WPI advisors. Outcomes of the PQP include a detailed proposal describing the overall project, background related to the project, specific problems to be addressed, the approach the students will adopt to solve project problems, and project deliverables.
Acceptance to the E & J Gallo Wineries MQP program is based on judicial and academic standing and performance, essay response, demonstration of maturity, independence and teamwork, availability of projects in a specific area, qualifications relevant to the project offered, and completed interviews.
Previous Gallo projects have involved...
- wine filtration improvements
- storage tank inert gas blanketing
- wine carbonation and introduction of new processes, equipment and technology
Students will be billed the following fees by WPI for the WPI semester they are away, on the regular WPI billing cycle (i.e. Fall semester and Spring semester).
- WPI Tuition and Fees
- WPI Housing Fee (if applicable)
- WPI Meal Plan (if applicable, reduced for term away)
- Global Projects Program Housing and Program Fee (for applicable programs)
In addition to this, students should budget for the following while away:
- Local transportation
- Airfare (if applicable)
- Tourist activities and incidentals
- Project related incidentals
A breakdown of all estimated expenses for Gallo can be found here: Gallo Estimated Expenses
Modesto is an urban metropolitan city with many people coming and going daily. As in any urban environment students are encouraged to remain vigilant about their own personal security and consider the locations that they are visiting and the level of security at these locations. Students should also stay aware and up-to-date on local news reports and follow advice from public safety officers regarding travel on public transportation and around the city.