The Seattle University Master of Nonprofit Leadership (MNPL) program offers a practicum for graduate students during their second year of studies.  The MNPL practicum is designed to: (1) support nonprofit organizations in select areas of nonprofit leadership and managements. Students work to assess current strategies and make recommendations, and (2) allow our graduate students to apply their education and develop their nonprofit leadership skills through practical application. Each fall, we seek regional nonprofits that are interested in a student providing analysis and recommendations in one of the following areas: board governance; finance; fundraising; marketing; program evaluation; advocacy; diversity and equity; or strategic planning. Once matched, individual students are available to work with an organization for 3 to 5 hours a week from December through March.  Under the supervision of our faculty, the students conduct assessments, analyze opportunities, and deliver implementation-ready recommendations to the organization. This year there are 10 Practicum placements available. 

Practicum 2020-2021


Applications available - July 20, 2020
Applications due - September 1, 2020
Matching Process - September - October, 2020
Notifications - October 31, 2020
Practicum - December 2020 - March 2021

For questions, please contact Noreen Elbert at

Practicum 2019-2020

We placed 22 students in the Fall of 2019. Thank you to our 2019-20 Practicum Sites:

A Bridge for Girls

Bureau of Fearless Ideas

CASA Latina

City Year, Seattle and King County

Communities in Schools, Tacoma

East African Community Services

FOB Hope

Girls Rock Math

King County Search and Rescue

Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center

Northwest Harvest

Queen Anne Helpline

Real Change

Seattle Music Partners

Seattle Play Therapy

Soccer Without Borders



Volunteers of America Western Washington

Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility

White Center Community Development Association (CDA)



Last updated: 7/7/2020

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Maureen Emerson Feit, Director, Nonprofit Leadership

Maureen Emerson Feit



Angela Cabatbat, Program Coordinator, Nonprofit Leadership

Angela Cabatbat

Program Coordinator


Sarah Curtis-Tilton, Senior Admin Assistant, Nonprofit Leadership

Sarah Curtis-Tilton

Senior Administrative Assistant


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