Projects and Experiential Learning

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Ernest C. Trefz School of Business students learn and develop professional business acumen by participating in amazing experiential learning opportunities as well as industry consulting and operating Purple Knights Coffee.

Purple Knights Coffee

Purple Knights Coffee is a student run organization that responsibly sources, imports, markets, and distributes some of the finest coffees in the world. Our goal is to make the world a better place by leveraging our collective entrepreneurial spirit in order to provide coffee farmers with a livable wage.


Our students perform a wide variety of consulting services from Strategic Planning, Human Resource Development, Auditing, to launching Integrated Marketing Communication plans. Here is a list of recent consulting projects:

  • Alexion Pharmaceuticals: New Haven, CT
  • City of New Haven: Health Department
  • City of Bridgeport: Communications
  • Beardsley Zoo 100th Anniversary project: Bridgeport, CT
  • The Aspetuck Land Trust: Monroe, CT
  • Goodwill: Bridgeport, CT
  • Urban League: Bridgeport, CT
  • Seaside Gateway Trail: Bridgeport, CT
  • The Klein Memorial Auditorium: Bridgeport, CT
  • AsoProLa Coffee Cooperative: Altamira Costa Rica

Experiential learning opportunities


Thanks to UB’s faculty and their network of colleagues and partners within the surrounding communities, opportunities to provide experiential learning experiences are becoming the norm within UB’s career-focused programming — helping graduates enter the workforce prepared with valuable and transferrable skills.

Learn more about experiential learning opportunities at University of Bridgeport!

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