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Nonprofit Leadership Program

The Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Program introduces undergraduate and graduate students attending Maryland institutions to the nonprofit sector.  Students work full-time at nonprofit organizations, gaining exposure to all of the components of these organizations, mentored by senior level administrators.  

Additionally, fellows participate in seminars, trips, and networking opportunities with leaders in the nonprofit sector.  They also work together in groups to apply the knowledge gained in the seminars and at their sites to create proposals to solve problems posed by area nonprofit organizations.  The program culminates in a celebration where the fellows present their proposals to various community stakeholders.  Fellows are paid a stipend of $3,000 for their participation in the program.

The Fellowship Has 4 Components:

Fellows are placed at a nonprofit organization full-time, 4 days a week, under the mentorship of a senior-level professional

Fellows attend an orientation and seminars to strengthen their understanding of the functions of nonprofits and examining community needs and social challenges

Fellows attend meetings, events, field trips, and networking opportunities to connect with Maryland’s leaders

Fellows work together in groups to put their knowledge and skills into practice, researching, preparing, and presenting an analysis and recommendation for a problem facing an area nonprofit


Eligibility criteria for fellows

  • Rising Junior or Senior, or graduate student
  • Attending a Maryland institution OR a current Maryland resident attending an out-of-state institution
  • GPA 3.0 or above
  • Available May 31-August 11, 2017

2017 Important Dates:

  • December 5- Applications Live
  • March 15- Applications due
  • April 15- Applicants notified
  • May 31- June 2 Orientation
  • June 5- Kickoff Celebration
  • August 9- Closing Celebration

For more information, please email Hannah Schmitz:

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