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Fellowship Details

Click here for the 2015 Nonprofit Fellow application


Matching Wharton MBA Students with Philadelphia's Nonprofit Organizations
The Nonprofit Board Fellows Program at the Wharton School was launched in the spring of 2005 with the goal of creating an experiential learning environment for students that would also support local nonprofits. To achieve this goal, we places second-year MBAs on boards of local non-profit organizations in order create a mutually beneficial experience for both the student and the nonprofit. Participating students are given the title of "Visiting Board Member" and are staffed on committees of respective Boards which focus on particular strategic areas for each organization (e.g. accounting, finance, marketing, etc.).

The program is rooted in a commitment to serving the non-profit organizations in the Philadelphia area. Together, it is envisioned that both Wharton and local nonprofits can help each other succeed and achieve a rich understanding of the growing intersection between business and nonprofit activities.

In 2007, the Nonprofit Board made the exciting transition from a student-run project to become part of the Wharton Leadership Program, which provides infrastructure, administrative support, and a wealth of experience and knowledge in leadership development and training.

As a Board Fellow You Will:

  • Receive extensive training to prepare you to be a visiting board member
  • Be matched with a local non-profit organization based on your interests and experience
  • Serve on a board subcommittee based on your interests and functional preferences
  • Use your insights and skills to benefit a service, advocacy, or cultural organization
  • Network with local community and business leaders
  • Engage in a unique opportunity to develop your leadership skills while giving back to the community