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Kellogg Board Fellows

Gain real board experience. Make a meaningful impact.

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.


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



  • Take two courses:
    • Board Governance of Nonprofit Organizations (KPPI 453-5)—Year 1, Winter Quarter course
    • Advanced Board Governance (KPPI 471)—Year 2, year-long course

Board Service

  • Attend board meetings and participate as an ex-officio board member for a nonprofit 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/committee proceedings with utmost professionalism


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

Information Sessions


Selection and Matching Process

Fellowship Commitment

Leadership Opportunities