Non-Profit Board Student Internship Program

The Non-Profit Board Student Internship Program is a great way for you to learn how boards operate, to develop leadership and decision-making skills, and to get engaged in your communities. You will be paired with a non-profit board and mentor in the Edmonton community for the academic year.

The Non-Profit Board Student Internship Program is organized in collaboration with the Community Service-Learning (CSL) in the Faculty of Arts. This internship meets the non-credit opportunity requirement for the Certificate in Community Service-Learning.


All current U of A undergraduate and graduate students, both full-time and part-time, are welcome to apply. Students should have successfully completed 2 years of post-secondary education by the internship start date. Participants must be registered as U of A students for the full duration of the program (September to April).

Time Commitment

This unpaid internship consists of three activities that will require 50-60 hours in total over the course of eight months from September to April.

  • A series of six workshops: Organized by the U of A Career Centre and delivered by volunteers, most of whom are from the Government of Alberta Board Development Program, workshops provide training and discussion of key aspects of non-profit boards. Topics include: financial responsibilities, organization purpose and planning, policy development, building strong teams, and more.
  • A board placement: Organized by the CSL Program and guided by volunteer mentors from each host board, the board placement affords interns the opportunity to attend and participate at board meetings using their newly acquired skills.
  • A project to support board governance: To qualify for a Non-Profit Board Student Internship Certificate, interns contribute a final project to their board, which they design and complete under the guidance of their mentors.

How to Apply

Completed student application packages must include the following:

  • An updated resume
  • Contact information for two references, two references (academic, personal, or employment) to be included in your resume.
  • A 500-word personal essay addressing why you want to participate in this program, the skills and attributes you will bring to a non-profit board, and what you hope to achieve through this program and how this relates to your future goals.

Eligible applicants will be contacted for an interview. Successful applicants will then be matched with a non-profit board based on their availability, preferences, skills, and the needs of the board. Board matching is typically completed by the end of July.




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