"Clinic" is the name that Harvey Mudd College uses for the unique capstone experience of the computer science and engineering majors. In the course of a clinic project, students provide products of genuine value to external clients based on the clients' needs. The name was chosen because it provides a transition between learning within the academic setting and the practical experience provided by industry or research laboratories.
Each clinic project is conducted by a team of typically four students over the span of one academic year. A faculty advisor works with the team while a liaison from the sponsoring organization provides domain-specific knowledge as necessary. The results of the project become the property of the sponsor.
The concept of clinic was invented at Harvey Mudd College by the engineering department in the early 1960s. Since that time, over 1000 clinic projects have been conducted at the college. The computer science department has offered the clinic program since 1993.