Career Management

Not-for-Profit Internship Scholarship Program 2016

Request for Proposal:

Proposal for the 2016 summer interns is due in February of  2016 (exact date to be determind).  Proposal will include a detailed description of the project you would like an MBA intern to work on for the summer. Plan to have the student work full-time for 10 weeks. If selected, one of our donors will make a donation to your organization to cover the intern salary at $15/hr. Please submit your proposal to Beth Ursin at  For more information call 503.370.6167.

Criteria for Eligibility for Internship for Credit Program:
  • Project should build upon or extend the student's first year learning and student career goals. For example, core coursework includes marketing, operations, human resources, organizational analysis, finance, accounting, data analysis, not-for-profit management, and systems management.
  • The internship presents the opportunity to interface with upper management.
  • There is an opportunity for the student to solve an organizational or departmental problem.
  • The internship is typically project based. In other words, at the end of the summer, the student should have something tangible to show how they added value to your organization. Ideally, the internship enables the student to add 2-3 accomplishments to their resume.
  • Business plans for a new venture or remote work locations are not eligible for internships for credit as part of the experience is to get immersed in an organizational culture.
Proposal Elements:
  • Detailed description of the project(s) the student will be responsible for during the summer
  • Additional elements included in the internship that speaks to the criteria for credit eligibility, for example, monthly brown bag meetings with various managers.
  • Qualifications required or preferred from applicants. Note all applicants will be first year MBA students with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
  • Let us know your preferred application process. We will post the internship on our job/internship posting site. We then typically batch applicant resumes and cover letters and send them to you immediately after our posting deadline date. You can schedule your own interviews or we can arrange them for you. This year, we are also offering on-campus interviews during our Spring Career Close-up event on March 6 on our Salem campus.
  • Contact information for the key contact for this proposal.
Candidate Selection Process (Exact 2016 dates to be determined):
  • February 2:  Proposals due from not-for-profits and sent to donors
  • February 16:  Notification of selections made to not-for-profits
  • February 16 to March 11: Internships posted for student applications
  • February 18 or 25:  Selected not-for-profits may present the internship opportunity to students on campus at an Employer Spotlight.  This event will be held from 12:30-1:30pm.
  • March 2:  Student applications sent to not-for-profits
  • March 6:  Candidate interviews on campus or off campus through March 13
  • April 1:  Final selection
  • May 18:  Student begins working and donation is secured
Summer Internship Logistics (Exact 2016 dates to be determined):
  • April 26 : An introduction will be made to your donor
  • May 10: The donor will provide a donation of $6000 to cover the salary for the intern for 10 weeks at $15/hr
  • May – August: Willamette’s summer vacation begins May 18 and runs through August 21
  • Intern will work full-time for 10 weeks at $15/hr ($6000)
  • Not-for-Profit Partners will pay the intern during the summer in the manner which they normally would hire a temporary worker. (See NACE information sheet for questions)
  • Student is required to enroll in GSM7251 Internship for Credit Course via Internwatch at Willamette and will be mentored by a Faculty Internship Coordinator throughout the summer. (See Syllabus for questions)
  • June 1: The first deliverable for the student is the Position Plan, which is due June 1 (after two weeks).  We highly suggest that the student work with you to develop the plan which outlines the project timeline, expectations and deliverables for the internship.
Internship Supervisor  and Student Commitment to the School:
  • May - Supervisor will be contacted by faculty at the beginning of the summer who will outline responsibilities and expectations of the student.
  • July - Faculty and/or Career Management Staff will request a visit with the supervisor mid-summer, typically July and would like to take a photo and/or video of the student and the supervisor in their workplace.
  • August - Near the end of the internship, the supervisor will give the student a formal performance appraisal in person giving the student both positive feedback as well as constructive criticism to improve their performance. Please use whatever forms you usually use for your own staff. We do have a sample form if you prefer.
  • August - At the end of the internship, faculty will ask the supervisor to complete an online survey for our assurance of learning commitment. This gives our curriculum committee valuable feedback to improve our core coursework.
  • August: In addition to the regular GSM7251 requirements, the student will be asked to draft a memo to the donor outlining the value they were able to add to your organization and what they learned.