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Board Fellows Program for MBA and MSW Students

Board Fellows Program


MBA and MSW Students – Apply to become a student fellow!

The SDSU School of Social Work and Fowler College of Business are launching a new professional development program. The Board Fellows program is an opportunity for graduate students to apply their skills as a non-voting member of a local nonprofit board. Fellows will be matched with a local non-profit and work closely with a Board Member and the agency Director on a special project to help forward the mission of the organization. This is a great opportunity give back to the community, network with influential leaders, and gain practical real world experience. Students should expect to spend about 4-8 hours per month on this project.

Program Components

  • Fellows are paired with an agency board member
  • Fellows attend all agency board meetings as non-voting members
  • Fellows complete a strategic project based on board needs
  • Fellow prepare and present a final report to the agency of their project
  • Fellows attend kick-off and wrap up events each semester, held on campus

Program Timeline

Board fellowship program is a two semester commitment between students and their assigned non-profit agency. Students are expected to spend approximately 4-8 hours per month on board-related activities. For Social Work students, this is above the required field internship hours and there is no academic credit for this work.  Fowler College of Business students will not receive any academic credit for participation in this program. If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact your graduate adviser in the Graduate Business Programs office.


Fellows must be students enrolled in a Masters program through the Fowler College of Business or School of Social Work. Students must have their core program requirements completed before the start of the program (can be in progress at the time of application). All students must be in good academic standing with the University.

Matching Process Guidelines

  • Board Fellows make a list of nonprofits in their order of preference.
  • Given these preferences and the needs of the nonprofits, students are matched accordingly.
  • After identifying pairs, fin al approval will come from the non-profit agency and determine if interviews are necessary.
  • Verify the Board Fellow’s willingness to serve on the board of the organization assigned to them. Send written communication confirming the placement as well as outlining the roles and expectations for all parties involved.

Application Process

Academic Year 2017-2018 Application Deadline: May 15, 2017

Fellows are selected each year through a competitive application process.

The program requires student to complete a written application along with submitting a resume. Fellows are notified of their acceptance by mid-May.


For more information, contact Steve Hornberger of the SDSU Social Policy Institute, School of Social Work, at





last updated 4/25/2017