Not-for-Profit Internship Scholarship Program

Request for Proposal:

Proposal for the summer 2022 interns is due March 7, 2022. 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.

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.

Proposal Elements:

Applicants are welcome to use this template or your own job description with the following information:

  • 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.
  • We will post the internship on our job/internship posting site (Handshake). We then typically batch applicant resumes and cover letters and send them to you immediately after our posting deadline date.
  • Contact information for the key contact for this proposal.

Candidate Selection Process for 2022:

  • February 7: Proposals available and sent to nonprofit leaders
  • March 7: Proposals due from not-for-profits and sent to donor
  • March 11: Notification of selections made to not-for-profits
  • March 11 to March 25: Internships posted for student applications
  • March 29, 12:30-1:30pm: Nonprofit Internship Panel - meet the candidates via Zoom
    • We will ask you to talk about the internship opportunity and your experience(s) working in the nonprofit sector.
  • April 25: Prepare to receive and review intern applications on Monday, April 25th
  • April 27: Conduct interviews and notify Willamette MBA of the final hiring decision

Summer Internship Logistics:

  • April: 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: The donor will provide a donation of $7200 to cover the salary for the intern for 10 weeks at $18/hr
  • May 9: Willamette’s summer semester begins. 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 in which they normally would hire a temporary worker.
  • Student is required to enroll in an internship class and will be mentored by a Faculty Internship Advisor throughout the summer.
  • 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 their internship supervisor 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 the faculty internsip advisor (FIA) at the beginning of the summer, who will outline the responsibilities and expectations of the student.
  • July: The FIA 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 in-person performance appraisal, providing the student both positive feedback as well as constructive criticism to improve their performance. 
  • August: At the end of the internship, the FIA will ask the supervisor to complete an online assessment of the intern's performance, and the results will be utilized by our Assurance of Learning and Curriculum committees .
  • August: At the end of their internship experience, the student will provide a memo to the donor outlining the value they added to the organization and what they learned through the process.
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MBA Career Management

Salem Campus

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Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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