The Sbona Honors Practicum allows SJSU's top business students to prepare for their business careers by obtaining real on the job experience as part of their college curriculum. Sponsoring organizations benefit by having a team of very bright students providing fresh ideas and perspectives to complete a project at no cost. It also allows them to preview our best students for possible future employment. Sponsors may be firms, non-profit or government agencies.
Past projects have included value chain analyses; product to market timing and issues; benchmarking procedures and reporting; Sarbanes Oxley implementation; manufacturing and distribution efficiency studies; pre-launch market research; a new departmental website; and a business plan for a new internal venture.
Firms that have sponsored Sbona Honors Program students include Abbott Labs, Accenture, Adobe, Agilent, Applied Materials, Bausch & Lomb, Bridge Bank, Cisco, Creative Labs, Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP, HP, Intuit, Oracle, Silicon Valley Bank, Subaru, Target, Yahoo and the 49ers. Non-profit and government agencies have included the BayBio Consortium, CIA, City of San Jose, FBI, Health Trust and SETI Institute.
In nearly all cases, both firms and students are extremely pleased with the experience. Many of our larger sponsors return year after year to work with new students on new problems.
If you are interested in having a team of bright and capable students work to complete a project at your organization - or for more information on the project process - please visit the Sponsoring a Project web page.
“The students showed great professionalism, worked well as a team, showed great initiative, and intuitiveness to ask questions that lead to a greater work project. These students were able to take thoughts and ideas and develop a workable solution with minimal direction.”
- James C. Powell, Agilent Technologies
“There's a long list of 'some day' projects at SVB Capital that we just don't have time and resources for. By having SJSU students gather, synthesize and analyze data about market opportunities in countries like Brazil, Russia, Turkey and Japan, we have saved a lot of time while expanding our knowledge base in these regions.”
- Bronwyn Dylla Bailey, Silicon Valley Bank