School of Integrative Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

A Unique Opportunity

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Nonprofit Fellows earn their minor in nonprofit studies through a single-semester immersion experience that integrates experiential learning from their internships with three linked courses.

A Cohort Experience

Surround yourself with other highly motivated students.  Fellows describe the close friendships they form with each other an important feature of the experience.  The cohort have three linked courses together as well as out-of-class experiences.

Integration of Classroom and Internship Learning

The internship experiences make the classroom discussions more relevant. The classroom discussions make the internship experiences more meaningful. Fellows frequently comment that something discussed in class helped them make sense of an issue happening at their internship site.

Meet Top Nonprofit Leaders in our Region

Lunchtime Speaker Series:

  • Patti Stevens, Executive Director of the Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships
  • Amy Kurz, Executive Director, Nonprofit Roundtable
  • Emily Davis, Director of Development, Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia
  • Alan Abramson, Director of the Center for Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy and Policy, George Mason University
  • Myrna Peralta, Executive Director of Centronia
  • A panel of representatives of graduate school programs
  • Louie Palu, Documentary Photograper
  • Dr. Brad Gutierrez, American Red Cross

Out of Class Experiences

Nonprofit Fellows participate in:

  • Career development workshops such as resume writing, 
  • A day at the EDGE, Mason’s outdoor team building challenge course,
  • A day in Washington DC visiting five nonprofit organizations that address food insecurity through a variety of methods (direct service, job training, public education, policy research and advocacy).


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