“The Board Fellows Program provided us the opportunity to immediately engage with an impactful organization, and apply the foundation gained through our graduate curricula. We were able to tackle real issues facing the organization and make an impact that we hope will be long-lasting. Further, our knowledge of nonprofit governance accelerates our ability to make similar contributions throughout our careers.”
– Janelle Walwyn, MSW ’16 (left) & David Chang, MBA ’17 (right)
FAR Therapeutic Arts & Recreation
The Board Fellowship Program prepares graduate students for mission-driven leadership. Students develop project management and executive skills as board members of nonprofit organizations in Southeast Michigan.
This multidisciplinary program provides graduate students in our partner schools with real-world insight into the workings and procedures of a nonprofit board, and enables students to contribute to the organization’s success while building the tools to deliver social impact.
The program accepts applications from masters level students in the schools of business, public policy, and social work.
Students apply to participate in this competitive program and are matched to organizations based on experience and interest. Students participating in the program must have:
- A record of academic and professional excellence
- Knowledge and skills relevant to the particular agency
- Sensitivity and commitment to issues of community needs, financial concerns, and confidentiality
- A commitment to serving the nonprofit sector
Board Fellow Responsibilities
Students serving as Board Fellows are expected to serve as a non-voting board member for one academic year, from mid-October through April. In addition, Board Fellows should:
- First preference will be given to students enrolled in BA 601, “Governance of Nonprofit Organizations” (Fall B semester), which provides an academic foundation for the Board Fellows program.
- Attend all board meetings and serve on a board committee
- Help with and attend special events, similar to other board members of the hosting organizations
- Complete a board-level project which tackles complex organizational challenges
- Commit approximately the same amount of time to the board as a full board member (8 hours a month)
- Attend trainings and workshops hosted by the Center, as well as maintain program commitments