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Staley School of Leadership Studies

Staley School of Leadership Studies
Kansas State University
257 Leadership Studies Building
1300 Mid-Campus Drive N.
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-6542 fax

Winter Break Building Hours 


8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.




24 Dec - 1 Jan

21 January, MLK Day

Radina's Hours


17 Dec - 21 Jan  

150–Hour Internship

Internship Experiences

The underlying principle of an internship is “shared value.” Students in the nonprofit focus should work closely with program advisors for the internship selection process.  Prior to finalizing your internship selection, please schedule a meeting with our nonprofit staff. When evaluating a possible internship, consider the following information:

  • Does the opportunity provided through the internship experience align with your professional goals and with the competencies outlined through the nonprofit focus?
  • Does the nonprofit organization provide proper preparation through an orientation or training relevant to your internship work?
  • Will the organization offer you additional opportunities to further your education and development throughout your time as an intern?
  • Do the mission, vision and values of the organization align with your personal values and passion?  Is your personal passion for work in the nonprofit sector aligned with the work of this organization?

Nonprofit Leadership Association Internship Opportunity

This is a short-term work experience emphasizing hands-on learning that enriches the academic content studied in the classroom.  Internships provide you with the opportunity to translate your academic preparation into career goals. Internships allow you to:

  • Pursue a professional career or other leadership role in a nonprofit organization.
  • Experience a learning laboratory in the working world.
  • Apply nonprofit focus competencies to important projects and initiatives.

How to Complete the Required 150 Hours

  • We recommend you spend one full semester (fall, spring, or summer) at a single organization for a total of 150 hours.
  • You can take your LEAD 499, Internship Seminar concurrently or directly after your internship experience.  Please work alongside your advisor to map out this process.

Example Internships

K-State nonprofit leadership students have interned with many different organizations. Internships should not be limited by geographic location but should instead focus on aligning your personal passion and values with an organization representative of those things in the nonprofit sector.  Here are a few examples of past internships:

  • Nonprofit Leadership Alliance National Headquarters, Kansas City
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Kansas City
  • Lutheran Church Missouri Synod - World Mission
  • United Nations Foundation, Washington, DC
  • Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri
  • Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community
  • Banderas de Esperanza, Bucerias, Mexico
  • KVC Behavioral Healthcare, Kansas City
  • Share Our Strength, Washington, DC
  • Manhattan Community Foundation
  • UFM Community Learning Center
  • HandsOn K-State of Manhattan
  • Flint Hills Community Clinic
  • K-State Alumini Association
  • First Book, Washington,DC
  • SunFlower CASA Project
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Fare Start, Seattle
  • Girls Inc