The Leadership Practicum, part of the MS in Nonprofit Leadership program, is a mutually rewarding partnership that provides organizations with bright, motivated graduate students eager to assist in completing projects. It allows our students to apply classroom principles to real-world settings, and to build important skills related to teamwork, accountability, and finding solutions to ongoing problems. Mentors at host organizations meet with students throughout the academic year to provide advice, coaching, and encouragement, playing a critical role in guiding the development of the mentee.
Practicum experiences can be 100% virtual, hybrid, or in-person. Students may identify their own mentor/placement or choose to participate in a mutual matching process the summer prior to the start of the academic year. In Academic Year 2022-2023, 55 placement organizations participated in the matching process; 36% matched with a student.
Placements are typically completed by students who are not currently working in the social impact sector and consist of:
- a commitment of 10 hours per week with a host organization
- a supervised mentoring and leadership development experience with a social impact leader
Mentorships are typically completed by students who are working in the social impact sector and consist of:
- 2-4 meetings per month and optional projects with a social impact leader (no hours requirement)
- a partnership with the goal of learning about leadership, management, and operations of the organization and providing students exposure to the organization at every level
Practicum Timeline 2024-2025
March: Confirmation of participation and updated mentor/organization information is due.
June: Students and mentors will participate in a virtual networking event.
June: Students will share their resumes with mentors/organizations of interest.
June: Practicum partners will review resumes and invite students to interview virtually with their organization.
July: NPL Practicum Interviews
July: Practicum partners will submit their student preferences. Students will revise preferences as desired.
August 1: Matching Day
August 29: Classes begin.
August 27 – September 15: NPL Practicum begins.
If you are interested in hosting a practicum student, please contact Sue Perls, MS at firstname.lastname@example.org.