Nonprofit Immersion Program
The Nonprofit Immersion Program is a cohort of students who are paired with nonprofit organizations in Columbus. Students serve as non-voting members of the organizations for one year, where they learn about, and get hands-on experience in, the inner workings of a nonprofit.
Students in the program work under the guidance of a board mentor and a program advisor and also attend workshops focused on the leadership professional development skills needed to effectively contribute to a nonprofit organization.
Nonprofit Immersion's mission is to:
- Prepare Ohio State students to be responsible community leaders through an immersive experience with boards of local nonprofit organizations
- Provide Ohio State students with development of leadership and organizational skills
- Support nonprofit organizations and the local community by offering a fresh perspective and skill set
After participating in the Nonprofit Immersion Program, students will demonstrate competencies in:
- Operations of nonprofit organizations
- Relationship building
- Critical thinking
- Leadership development
- Project management
After participating in the Nonprofit Immersion Program, students will be able to:
- Articulate how nonprofits operate, make decisions, and impact the community.
- Develop working relationships with board members and volunteers within the city of Columbus, the Ohio State University community, as well as those within the student cohort.
- Connect theoretical ideas from within the classroom to practical experiences within their designated nonprofit organization, as well as those of their classmates.
- Apply components of the Social Change Model of Leadership to their experience with the Nonprofit Immersion Program.
- Design, implement, and execute a project in line with the mission, vision, and values of their nonprofit organization.
With questions, or for more information, please email Jen Pelletier at email@example.com.
Join the Nonprofit Immersion Program
Applications for the 2017-2018 program are available now!
Prospective Nonprofit Immersion Program participants are students who will be at least third-year (Junior) status by autumn semester 2017 and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Students who are using the Nonprofit Immersion Program as their STEP experience will also be eligible to apply, even if you will not be a third-year student.
Applicants should have a strong sense of social responsibility and interest in learning more about local community engagements and the structure of nonprofit and community service organizations. Although there are no specific academic backgrounds or interests required, selected students typically represent a diverse array of majors, previous community service experiences, and perspectives that can contribute to the cohort experience, as well as to the nonprofit organizations.
Student Participant Expectations
- Enroll in PUBAFRS 2150, Intro to Nonprofit Organizations for AU2017. Three sections are offered on various dates/ times.
- If you have already completed this course, you will not need to repeat it.
- Attend biweekly meetings on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm in the Ohio Union in autumn and spring semesters to engage in co-curricular experiences (leadership and professional development, guest speakers, etc.)
- Participate in a single-day, off-campus professional development opportunity over Fall Break 2017.
- Engage in at least 15 hours of community service for each semester.
- Develop a strategic project aimed at addressing a specific board/agency need.
- This project will be developed over the course of autumn semester and implemented throughout spring semester.
Interested students must submit an online application by Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Late applications cannot be considered.
In addition to basic contact inforamtion, the online application requires:
- 3 brief essay responses (250 words max for each response)
- What skills and experiences do you hope to gain from participating in this program? What do you hope to accomplish? Please be specific.
- What knowledge, skills, and abilities do you possess that would contribute to the work of a nonprofit agency/ board?
- Identify a systemic problem in a community you have been a part of. What strategic initiatives or solution(s) would you suggest to begin addressing this problem?
- Contact information (name, email, phone) for 2 professional/ academic references
- Select your availability for a 1-hour group interview during the week of March 27
All applications must be completed and submitted online by the March 22 deadline. Click here to access the online application.
For additional information, or with questions, contact Jen Pelletier at firstname.lastname@example.org.