“The Board Fellows Program has been critical in rounding out my MBA, especially in understanding team dynamics…”
– Samuel Donaldson, MBA ’18
worked with MATRIX
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 is open to all U-M grad students, but primarily recruits students from 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:
- Enroll in BA 601, “Governance of Nonprofit Organizations” (Fall B semester), which provides an academic foundation for the Board Fellows Program. This course is strongly recommended to any students considering applying for this 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