Not-for-Profit Internship Scholarship Program

Request for Proposal:

Proposal for the 2019 summer interns is due Friday, January 18, 2019. Proposal should include a detailed description of the project you’d 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 $18/hr. Please submit your proposal to Beth Ursin at For more information, please 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.
  • 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.
  • The internship presents the opportunity to interface with upper management. Ideally, there is ongoing dialogue during the summer and the student has the opportunity to present the project to the management team at the end of the summer.
  • 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. All recipients will be invited to participate in the February 20th Not-for-Profit panel showcasing their internship to students. 
  • Contact information for the key contact for this proposal.
Candidate Selection Process for 2019:
  • January 18: Proposals due from not-for-profits and sent to donors
  • February 1: Notification of selections made to not-for-profits
  • February 15: NFP employers attend Career Close-Up
  • February 1 to February 22: Internships posted for student applications
  • February 20: Not-for-Profit Panel participation
  • February 25: Student applications sent to not-for-profits
  • March 1-18: Candidate interviews on campus or off campus completed
  • March 22:  Final selection notification (before spring break)
  • May 15 - June 1:  Student begins working and donation is secured
Summer Internship Logistics:
  • April 1 : An introduction will be made to your donor and the non-profit will send an invoice to the donor for the amount of $7200
  • May 1: The donor will provide a donation of $7200 to cover the salary for the intern for 10 weeks at $18/hr
  • May 20  – August 18: Willamette’s summer vacation . The Intern will work full-time for 10 weeks at $18/hr ($7200) . Start and end date can be negotiated with the student within this time-frame as long as the student is working a total of 400 hours.
  • 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 Advisor throughout the summer. (See Syllabus for questions)
  • June 1 - June 15: The student’s first deliverable is due 2 weeks after starting their internship. The student is required to develop a detailed position plan for the summer.  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.