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 management, where 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/communications
  • program evaluation
  • advocacy
  • diversity and equity
  • 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.


Applications for 2023-2024 will open June of 2023. 

Practicum Q&A 2022-2023

Applications available - July 1, 2022
Applications due - September 1, 2022
Matching process - September - October, 2022
Notifications - November, 2022
Practicum - December 2022 - March 2023 

Stories from the Field

Nonprofit Leadership Practicum Experiences: 2021

Logos for Old Goats Home and Rescue and Grub

Nonprofit directors from Old Goats Home & Rescue on Vashon Island and Garden-Raised Bounty (GRuB) and MNPL students talk about the benefits of the practicum for all
Apr 15, 2021

Read More about Nonprofit Leadership Practicum Experiences: 2021

Recent Practicum Sites

Interested in Hosting a Practicum Placement?

Practicum 2022-2023 Timeline

  • Applications available - Summer 2022
  • Applications due - Fall 2022
  • Matching Process - September and October 2022
  • Notifications - October 2022
  • Practicum - December 2022 through March 2023
No application fee

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Contact Us

  • Noreen Elbert

    Noreen Elbert

    Director and Assistant Teaching Professor

  • Christopher German

    Christopher German

    Graduate Program Coordinator