Non-Profit Board Student Internship Program

The Non-Profit Board Internship Program pairs each student with a non-profit board and mentor in the Edmonton community for the academic year.

The Non-Profit Board Student Internship Program is a great way for students to learn how boards operate, to develop leadership and decision-making skills, and to get engaged in their communities. 

This internship meets the non-credit opportunity requirement for the Certificate in Community Service-Learning.

Time Commitment

This unpaid internship consists of three activities that will require 50-60 hours in total over the course of 8 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: understanding financial statements, developing policies, board decision-making 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.


This program is open to current U of A undergraduate and graduate students, both full-time and part-time. 

How to Apply

As part of the application process please include and upload the following documents:

1. Essay (300-500 words) explaining:

  • Why you want to participate in this internship
  • What skills and attributes you bring to the non-profit board
  • What you hope to achieve through this internship with respect to your future goals

2. Resume. Please note that the program administrators may forward your resume to boards interested in mentoring an intern.

3. Names and contact information for two references who can speak to your suitability for the program (one academic and one personal or employment related).

Please note: Interviews are scheduled for the week of Monday, April 18 and will be scheduled by you via a doodle poll. Not all applicants will be short-listed for an interview and only those selected will be contacted.

Application Deadline

Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are now closed. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Community Service-Learning.

Register as a Board

If you are involved in a board that would be interested in participating in the Non-Profit Board Internship, please visit the CSL website for more details. 


The Non-Profit Board Student Internship Program is organized in collaboration with the

Community Service-Learning (CSL) in the Faculty of Arts.


Contact Amy Roy Gratton at or Jill Flaman at