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  • Locations: Springfield, MA, United States;
  • Program Terms: D term
  • Project Center Website: Click to visit
  • Estimated Expenses: C term, D term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Acad Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
D term 2017-2018 10/01/2017
**
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
D term 2018-2019 10/09/2017
12/18/2017 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Program Description:

Pioneer Valley Economic Development Project Center (IQP)

SpringfieldusaLocation and Culture
Program Dates
Housing and Meals
Project Opportunities
Cost and Billing
Health and Safety
Additional Resources


Location and Culture          

The Pioneer Valley Economic Development Project Center is based in the offices of Sweeney Strategic Consulting in the Business Growth Center, a small business innovation ecosystem, at the Springfield Technology Park in Springfield, MA. The Technology Park is situated in a unique historic setting on the grounds of the former Springfield Armory, which was established by George Washington in 1777 during the Revolutionary War. Today, the Technology Park is a 15.3 acre sire, which provides attractive work environments for technology-based and other firms. The campus-like facility houses impressive technology assets, and it shares the Armory grounds with Springfield Technical Community College, where students have access to the College's resources just steps away.

Housing and Meals

Students live in Worcester and commute to Springfield, MA for project work. Transportation and meals should be planned for as part of a budget for this term.  

Program Dates

Students must arrive on or before the posted start date and stay through the posted end date of the program.  Dates will be posted 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 will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing. 

Project Opportunities

Past Pioneer Valley students have:

  • Worked to establish a fresh-food supermarket in a low-income community with DevelopSpringfield
  • Identified challenges to be addressed in urban planning and improvement for multiple neighborhoods with New North Citizen's Council and DevelopSpringfield

Cost and Billing

Students will be billed the following fees by WPI for the WPI semester they are away.  These will be billed to you 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)
  • Food
  • Tourist activities and incidentals
  • Project related incidentals

A breakdown of all estimated expenses for Pioneer Valley can be found here: Pioneer Valley Estimated Expenses 

Health and Safety 

WPI is committed to the health, safety, and security of all students who participate in our programs. While off-campus study can present unique challenges and inherent risks, we believe that careful research and diligent planning are keys to a safe and rewarding project experience. WPI utilizes several key resources to understand the risks of travel in the countries where we operate, and we urge you to consult these same resources as you research your intended destination.  You can also discuss questions and concerns about your travel plans with on-campus resources such as the IGSD, the Student Health Center, the Office of Disability Services, and the Student Development and Counseling Center. It very important that you consider your own health requirements as you review what sites are most interesting to you.

Additional Resources

Project Center Website




This program is currently not accepting applications.