Board Fellows Program

The NYU Stern Board Fellows Program provides MBA students with the opportunity to learn more about what it is like to be on the board of a non-profit. Students work New York City-based nonprofit organizations to complete a strategic governance project for the board while attending their board meetings and working with board/organizational liaisons.

With the assistance of the Office of Student Engagement’s Experiential Learning Programs team, as well as a program advisor who is an expert in board service and governance, Fellows will be matched with one of our partner boards in teams of three. Our selection and matching process reflects each student’s strengths, as well as each organization’s needs. Facilitated peer-learning sessions will ensure that Fellows are also able to hear about other students’ unique board experiences.

Applicants should be enthusiastic, committed, professional students with the skills and initiative to take full advantage of this exciting and unique opportunity. Prior experience with non-profit work is not required! This course is a fit not only for those interested in the social sectors, but for any student interested in sitting on a non-profit board one day.

Why should you apply? If you are interested in working with a non-profit board on a strategic board governance project, you should apply!

Student Testimonial - "This course is great for both Full-time and Langone students who have an interest in working with or for nonprofits in the future (or who have in the past). It gives great perspective of the differences of a non profit vs commercial company board, and gives you a wider set of skills and practices that could be applicable in work in all different fields." - Board Fellows student

Who should apply?

You are invited to apply if you are:

  • A rising MBA2, or a Langone student who has completed 15 credits.
  • Able to meet the time commitment of approximately 10-15 hours per month including board/committee meetings and work on a strategic project.
  • Available during business hours to attend monthly mandatory group sessions.
  • Interested in board experience or nonprofit service.


The application for the 2020-2021 Board Fellows is now closed. Please check here in the Spring 2021 semester for the 2021-2022 application.

Program Policies

  • Students cannot drop the course after July 1st.
  • Attendance at all group sessions is mandatory.
  • This is a 3-credit course.