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LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM

Learning to lead by example

Practicum Dates & Details

The practicum process begins the summer prior to the start of the academic year. Students will receive updates in May about virtual practicum events held in June and July. Since the NPL is a one-year accelerated program, and the Leadership Practicum is a year-long experience, practicum start dates depend on the student’s anticipated graduation date.

  • Students taking classes on a part-time basis will complete their practicum in their second year
  • Students taking classes on a full-time basis will complete their practicum in their first year
  • Students who are working professionals and taking classes on a full-time or part-time basis will complete a “mentorship only” experience
  • Dual degree students may have highly individualized practicum experiences to fulfill requirements for both programs. Students are encouraged to review dual degree specific websites and consult with their Academic Advisors for more information.
  • Accelerated students taking classes on a part-time basis and planning to complete the program in the summer following fall and spring semesters will begin their practicum at the start of their first year.
Full-Time On-Campus Students

Full-Time On-Campus Students

The Leadership Practicum is an integral part of the experiential learning process for full-time NPL students. It builds on the core competencies and principles of leadership developed in the classroom and encompasses:

  • a supervised mentoring and leadership development experience with an executive director or senior level leader at a Philly-area nonprofit organization or foundation;
  • a partnership with the goal of understanding the organization and providing student support on various levels. These can include strategic planning, succession planning, branding or marketing, development and philanthropy, or other targeted projects; and
  • a commitment of 180-225 hours of practicum time with the sponsoring organization during the academic year beginning in early October and ending in mid-April.
Part-Time On-Campus Students

Part-Time On-Campus Students

A modified Leadership Practicum is an opportunity for part-time, on-campus students to build on core competencies and principles of leadership developed in the classroom. Part-time students’ current jobs within social impact and nonprofit organizations fulfill the requirement to support an organization in areas that include strategic planning, program development and evaluation, philanthropy, etc.

Part-time students have the opportunity to work with a mentor to bolster the mentorship portion of the practicum. This option facilitates:

  • a mentoring and leadership development experience with either an executive director or senior-level leader at a Philly-area nonprofit organization or foundation;
  • a partnership with the goal of learning about the organization
Submatriculation On-Campus Students

Submatriculation On-Campus Students

The Leadership Practicum is an integral part of the experiential learning for all sub-matriculation NPL students. It builds on core competencies and leadership principles developed in the classroom and encompasses:

  • a supervised mentoring and leadership development experience with either an executive director or senior level leader at a nonprofit organization or foundation;
  • a partnership with the goal of understanding the organization and providing student support on various levels. These can include strategic planning, succession planning, branding or marketing, development and philanthropy, or other targeted projects; and
  • a commitment of 180-225 hours of practicum time with the sponsoring organization. This typically takes place during the summer between earning an undergraduate degree and the fall semester of the master’s degree, or during the academic year of senior year, as long as at least two NPL Core Courses have been taken prior to the practicum.
Full-Time Online Students

Full-Time Online Students

The Leadership Practicum provides opportunities for online NPL students to build on core competencies and principles of leadership that have been developed through coursework. The experience is tailored to meet the needs of each student, with the assistance of the student’s academic advisor. Practicums must meet these criteria:

  • a supervised mentoring and leadership development component with either an executive director or senior level leader at a nonprofit organization or foundation where the student currently works, or an organization found in consultation with their academic advisor;
  • a partnership with the goal of learning about the organization and providing student support on various levels for professional growth;
  • a commitment of 180-225 hours of practicum time with the sponsoring organization throughout the program’s duration. This can be completed at the organization where the student currently works even if the mentorship is elsewhere.

If a student is not currently employed in the social impact sector, the student’s academic advisor will assist in identifying a partner for the student to complete the practicum requirement. Regardless of the sector in which the student is employed, there may be the need to identify an additional mentor for a student’s full-time job in order to fulfill the Leadership Practicum requirements.

Part-Time Online Students

Part-Time Online Students

A modified Leadership Practicum is an opportunity for part-time, online students to build on core competencies and principles of leadership developed in the classroom. Part-time students’ current jobs within social impact and nonprofit organizations fulfill the requirement to support an organization in areas that include strategic planning, program development and evaluation, philanthropy, etc.

Part-time students have the opportunity to work with a mentor to bolster the mentorship portion of the practicum. This option facilitates:

  • a mentoring and leadership development experience with either an executive director or senior-level leader at a nonprofit organization or foundation;
  • a partnership with the goal of learning about the organization

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Contact Us

Sue Perls, MSEd

On-Campus Coordinator, MS in Nonprofit Leadership Program

215 573 2390

sueperls@upenn.edu