College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Nonprofit Leadership

Practicum 2015

  • Applications are currently under review.


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    Overview of the Master of Nonprofit Leadership Practicum:

    The Seattle University Master of Nonprofit Leadership (MNPL) program is offering a practicum for graduate students during their second year of studies.  The MNPL practicum is designed to: (1) provide regional nonprofits with high quality consultation in select areas of nonprofit leadership and management, and (2) allow our graduate students to apply their education and develop their nonprofit leadership skills through practical application.  

    We are seeking regional nonprofits that are interested in consultation in one of the following areas: board governance; finance; fundraising; marketing; program evaluation; or strategic planning.  Once matched, individual students will be available to work with an organization for 3 to 5 hours a week from January 2015 to June 2015.  Under the supervision of our faculty, the student will conduct assessments, analyze opportunities, and deliver implementation-ready recommendations to the organization by June 2015.

    Who are the students of MNPL?

    Each year, MNPL admits a cohort of up to 24 students for our 22-month program.  Our students are primarily working professionals within the nonprofit sector.  All of our students have at least 2 years of professional experience, and are working in a wide range of roles and positions, from early career to executive positions in their organizations.  The practicum takes place during their last two quarters of the program, and every student will have completed core classes in the fundamentals of nonprofit leadership and management prior to the practicum placement.

    What kinds of projects will students create/work on? Students will deliver high quality consultation in one of the following areas of nonprofit leadership and management:

    Board Governance (Audit of Current Governance Practices with Recommendation; Board Development Plan) 

    Marketing and Communications Plan;

    Finance (Financial Scan with recommendations)

    Fundraising (Audit of Fundraising Practices with Recommendations; Fund Development Plan)

    Program Evaluation (Evaluation Plan; Development of specific evaluation instruments)

    Strategic planning (Environmental scan; Plan to plan)

    What is expected of participating nonprofit organization?

    During the application process, your organization will outline your need and interest in a specific project (see above), and identify a practicum supervisor.  After practicum sites are selected in the fall, the faculty supervisor will coordinate matches between students and organizations, and will work with the practicum team to clarify the practicum project, set shared expectations, and develop a memorandum of understanding that will guide the project. 

    What is the application process?

    The application is available for download now:

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    The application asks for basic information about your organization, the project area you prefer, why this is useful to your organization, who will serve as practicum supervisor, and how your organization will support the project.  Completed applications are due at 5:00pm on October 1, 2014.  Notifications will be made on November 1.

    Is there any cost to our organization?

    This is a pilot year for the practicum, and there is no cost to organizations participating in 2015, other than the staff time your organization dedicates to the project.  Students will not receive a stipend, but will receive course credit for the practicum. 

    What kind of time commitment should the practicum supervisor expect to make?

    Practicum supervisors are expected to meet with the student and the faculty supervisor in the fall of 2014 to clarify the scope of work for the project.   The practicum will also meet with the student three times from January to June. Meeting one will launch the project. Meetings two and three will serve as check-ins.  Supervisors should plan to set aside 30 minutes per week to answer student questions by phone or email during the course of the five months. Supervisors will also provide feedback to the student via an evaluation form that will be figured into the student’s grade. 

    Will students work on site?

    Our students are working professionals and most have full time jobs.  Other than the 3-4 in-person meetings, students should be able to work remotely, with periodic communications with their practicum supervisor.

    Can my organization host more than one student?

    Yes, if your organization has need and capacity for more than one project, it is possible to host more than one student.  You can detail up to three possible projects in your application. 

    What if my organization can only participate for a part of the 2015 practicum timeframe?

    Student will receive credit for the practicum in Winter and Spring quarters, so it is important the organizations can participate from January through June.  

    What can I do to ensure that I am creating a successful experience for my organization and the student with whom we are matched?  

    Supervisors will need to set clear expectations for the project, promptly respond to requests for data and context about the organization, provide consistent feedback, and work with the faculty and student to make any needed adjustments over the course of the project.  Our goal is to make this a positive learning experience for students with tangible results for your organization.


    Thank you.  For more information, and to sign up for the next information session, please contact:
    Seattle University Master of Nonprofit Leadership
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    Last updated: 8/14/2014



    Practicum Notifications                          
    NOV 1

    Practicum begins                  
    JAN 5

    Practicum ends                     
    JUN 8