Domestic Corps was initiated in 1993 and has since placed 386 summer interns in over 116 nonprofit organizations across the country. Through high-level internships, MBA and BBA students have assisted organizations with social enterprise opportunities, marketing strategies, strategic planning, finance, and other management-level projects.
Nonprofits served by our interns report overwhelmingly favorable results with their participation in the program, while students consistently report that their internship experience has challenged them beyond their expectations. Our projects have helped to transform numerous organizations.
Chris Reynolds, former CFO of the Henry Ford Learning Institute, writes, "Our BBA intern was a huge asset. His skills and work output have exceeded all of our expectations by a large margin. I cannot overstate his value to us. If he was graduating, we'd offer him a job on the spot."
Becoming a Nonprofit Partner
Domestic Corps partners with nonprofits to offer projects that will provide a single student with the opportunity to help the nonprofit realize growth and greater expertise in a variety of disciplines that include strategic planning, marketing, finance, new business development, or organizational development over a period of 10 weeks during the summer. Critical elements for a successful summer internship require the nonprofit leadership (agreed upon by both staff and board) to provide:
- Challenging, senior level assignments at a MBA and BBA level.
- Staff who will provide oversight and integration of the intern into the organization.
- Physical space and technical resources to support the interns in completing their assignments.
In addition, nonprofit employers are expected to contribute one half of the intern stipend, with the remaining salary and travel expenses covered by NPM. Exceptions to this rule are made on a case by case basis.
There are many factors we examine in considering a nonprofit organization. Our selection criterion includes, but is not limited to:
- Quality of leadership in the organization and assurance our students will have access to top leadership in the organization.
- Capacity to handle one or more interns and projects coordinated in such a way as to be integrated with the work of the organization.
- Challenging projects with measurable impact.
If selected, NPM staff will work with you to publicize and recruit for your internships.
- Nonprofits will be notified late 2013 of whether they have been selected as a 2014 nonprofit partner.
- NPM will recruit students between January-April.
- When NPM determines a strong match between a student and a nonprofit partner, NPM will contact the nonprofit for a final interview before making an offer to the student.
- Internships are 10 weeks in length and typically occur between mid-May and end-of-July.
Feel free to contact NPM to discuss your organization and becoming a Domestic Corps nonprofit partner. You may contact NPM at (734) 763-4214 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.