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Public and Nonprofit Management

Internships relevant to the Public and Nonprofit Management major for the BSPA degree should provide students with the opportunity to apply and develop analytical tools and knowledge and knowledge of particular relevance to managers of nonprofits and public organizations. This means that the internship should expose students to an understanding of the major issues and concerns that nonprofit and public organizations currently face and/or involve them in the application of management methods and practices.

Internship opportunities with nonprofit and public (government) organizations should involve one or more of the following activities:

  • Legal Issues: Nonprofit incorporation; registration as tax-exempt entities with the IRS and state department of revenue; government reporting requirements; by-laws; conflict of interest statement
  • Boards and Governance Issues: Board development and governance; board-staff relations; board retreats
  • Strategic Planning: SWOT analysis; benchmarking against similar organizations; establishing goals, objectives, measurement systems, and timelines; organizational structure and design; planning retreats; needs and capacity assessment
  • Volunteer Management/Staff Management: Recruiting, training, placing, managing, and recognizing volunteers
  • Human Capital Management: Job descriptions; reporting structures; compensation packages;  developing and managing employee teams; workforce diversity; staff retreat
  • Fundraising: Developing case documents/statements; developing, undertaking, and assessing fundraising programs (special events, foundation/corporate grants, direct mail solicitations, phone solicitations, personal solicitations of major donors, planned giving, capital campaigns); donor recognition/relationship building; donor research and information systems
  • Public Relations/Marketing: Communication and PR plan; communication systems and design components (logo, colors, etc.); media development (print, web, other); public sector marketing
  • Financial Management: Financial audits and reporting; endowment and investment management; financial reserves; managing planned giving instruments; financial information systems; financial indicators and planning; pricing of services or products
  • Program Management and Implementation: Launching new or innovative programs; field- or regional-office oversight and communications; developing training and technical assistance material for new or current programs
  • Accountability and Evaluation: Organizational effectiveness; program design and evaluation; measuring and assessing performance; benefit cost analysis; code of ethics; transparency and accountability initiatives
  • Collaboration and Networking: With other institutions, including government relations
  • Research in support of the above activities (e.g. demographic, market, needs analyses)

Internships with nonprofit organizations should also provide the student the opportunity to:

Gain a better understanding of:

  • how nonprofit organizations fit into local communities and what roles they play that government and for profit firms cannot (or do not)play
  • the kinds of relationships nonprofits have with government, for profit firms, and other nonprofit communities as they work to meet community needs
  • the connections between local citizen groups and nonprofit organizations
  • the variety of types of nonprofit organizations that exist in local communities and how they related to each other
  • how volunteering in a nonprofit organization can help student reflect on their own views of giving in terms of time, money, effort, and how this activity contributes to the quality of life in a local community

Reflect critically about:

  • the meaning of philanthropy as a form of civic engagement through the giving of money, time, and effort
  • the ways in which nonprofits contribute to or the quality of life of local communities and ways in which they may fail to do so and whythe positive and negative impacts nonprofit organizations may have on local communities and identify strategies for maximizing positive impacts while minimizing negative impacts

Learn networking skills with other types of organizations in local communities (government, for profit firms, local citizen groups, other nonprofits)

Learn political and conceptual skills that will help them link their day-to-day internship activities to the larger picture of roles nonprofits play in society.

Internships with public organizations (federal, state, local, municipal government) should also provide students the opportunity to:

Gain a better understanding of:

  • the relationship among various branches and levels of government
  • the connections between local citizen groups and public organizations
  • develop an understanding of public organizations and institutions within the context of democratic governance
  • how public organizations fit into local communities and what roles they play in partnership with nonprofit and for-profit firms

Reflect critically about:

  • the meaning of government and its relationship to civil society and democracy
  • the ways in which public organizations contribute to the quality of life of citizens and local communities and ways in which they may fail to do so and why
  • the positive and negative impacts public organizations may have on local communities and identify strategies for maximizing positive impacts while minimizing negative impacts

Learn networking skills and develop an understanding of the organizational landscape of government organizations and other organizations serving the public good.

Learn political and conceptual skills that will help them link their day-to-day internship activities to the larger picture of government and democratic governance systems.