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Kellogg Board Fellows presents a significant opportunity for students to gain experience with board governance while contributing to the advancement of nonprofit partners. Unlike internships that focus on day-to- day operations in a nonprofit, this program exposes students to the dynamics of board governance in nonprofit organizations. Fellows serve as ex-officio board members for a nonprofit partner while completing courses in board governance at Kellogg. Each fellow also completes a strategic project designed to leverage their skills and advance the work of their nonprofit partner.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

Fellows experience the program through three components: Academics, Board Service and Community. Each component has specific responsibilities.

Academics:

  • Board Governance of Nonprofit Organizations, Year 1 (Winter Quarter Course)
  • Advanced Board Governance, Year 2 (Full Year Course)

Board Service:

  • Attend board meetings and participate as an ex-officio board member for a non-profit for 18 months
  • Attend board related committee meetings and events
  • Complete a strategic project that addresses an organizational need
  • Engage in regular communication with board mentor and executive director/ CEO 
  • Adhere to the norms and confidentiality of board and committee proceedings with utmost professionalism 

Community:

  • Participate in social and service events as a cohort 
  • Expand network to include nonprofit leaders and board members and learn from peers experiences 

FELLOWSHIP COMMITMENT

In addition to the responsibilities outlined above, fellows agree to the following guidelines: 
  • Commit to the program for two years. Fellows begin the program in October of their first year and serve on their respective boards through May of their second year. 
  • Waive opportunities for exchange programs. When joining Kellogg Board Fellows, students enter a two-year partnership with a nonprofit partner. To avoid conflicts with board responsibilities, fellows cannot participate in exchange programs during the academic year. This includes study abroad as well as joint-degree programs with other universities. 
  • Designate time for the program. The program’s time commitment can range from approximately two to eight hours per week, depending on the student, project and time of year. This time is distributed across the three components of the program.

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The program is a partnership between Kellogg faculty, staff and the student leadership team. First-year fellows may apply for second-year leadership positions at the end of Winter Quarter. If selected, these leaders will serve in a leadership capacity until graduation. 

There are five student leadership positions: President, Academics Chair, Prospective Fellows Chair, Student Engagement Chair and Alumni Relations Chair.