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 2021-2022


Applications available - July 15, 2021
Applications due - September 1, 2021
Matching Process - September - October 2021
Notifications - November, 2021
Practicum - December 2021 - March 2022

For questions, please contact Noreen Elbert at

Practicum 2020-2021

Thank you to our 2020-21 Practicum Sites:

A 4 Apple Learning Center

Congolese Integration Network

Garden-Raised Bounty

The Old Goats Home & Rescue

Seattle Cultural Accessibility Consortium


WA Ethnic Studies Now

Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Villa Comunitaria


Practicum Site Logos 2020-2021 

Last updated: 5/28/2021

Practicum Information


Elizabeth Dale

Elizabeth Dale

Interim Director


Angela Cabatbat, Program Coordinator, Nonprofit Leadership

Angela Cabatbat

Program Coordinator


Sarah Curtis-Tilton, Senior Admin Assistant, Nonprofit Leadership

Sarah Curtis-Tilton

Senior Administrative Assistant


Events and Information Sessions

    Alumni & Students at Work