Experiential learning is a critical aspect of the Nonprofit Fellows program. The required internship is approximately 15 hours per week and the experiences there are woven into class discussion and assignments. This time commitment allows organizations to give Fellows greater levels of responsibility within the organization.
Fellows obtain their own internships, with assistance from the Social Action and Integrative Learning and Mason's Career Center. Community learning partners include large and small nonprofit organizations from the Northern Virginia and DC area, addressing any social issue the Fellows have a passion for, such as: poverty, youth, immigration, the environment, health, or animal welfare.
While internships are not guaranteed to be paid, Fellows are encouraged to pursue paid options as they seek placements.