Applications sought for Nonprofit Leadership Summer Honors Internship Program

The deadline is Friday, Feb. 13 for organizations that want to apply for the 2015 Nonprofit Leadership Summer Honors Internship Program at Youngstown State University.

The internship program in the Center for Nonprofit Leadership in YSU’s Williamson College of Business Administration is funded by a $50,020 grant from the Raymond John Wean Foundation.

“We are excited to once again implement this internship program,” said Laura Dewberry, director, Center for Nonprofit Leadership. “The program aims to provide meaningful, career-related experience to qualified YSU students, which in turn fosters and develops their leadership skills to serve as effective leaders in the public and nonprofit employment sectors upon graduation. This program also benefits the selected host organizations as the students work on projects that help increase the impact made in the organizations’ important community work; thus, helping to achieve organizational excellence.”

The program provides full-time (40 hours per week), 12-week internships to 10 qualified YSU students in a nonprofit or public sector organization. The internship program will run from Monday, May 18 to Friday, Aug. 7. Students will earn a minimum of $10 an hour. The internships are co-funded by the participating organizations at about 20 percent of the total cost of the internship. Also, on a weekly rotation, each organization hosts a site visit, tour, and professional development seminar for all participating students.

All regional nonprofit and public sector organizations interested in receiving a full-time co-funded intern for summer 2015 are encouraged to apply. A copy of the application is available at, then click on Centers, Center for Nonprofit Leadership. Applications are due by Friday, Feb. 13.

The award of a co-funded intern will be limited to nonprofit organizations in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. Only organizations that qualify as a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code and/or public sector organizations are eligible to participate.

All organizations selected to participate in the internship program must have a mission and/or programs that fall under one of the five Raymond John Wean Foundation Issue Priorities: Early Childhood (0-5), Educational Opportunity, Economic Opportunity, Community Revitalization, and Public and Civic Sector Leadership. The vision of the Foundation is to empower residents to create a healthy, vibrant and economically stable Mahoning Valley community. More information is available at

The Nonprofit Leadership Summer Honors Internship Program was also implemented in the summers of 2011 and 2013.

Students interested in applying to participate in the internship program can begin to apply in mid-February. Only YSU students with a minimum 3.0 GPA and a declared major are eligible to apply. Participating students must be either seniors or graduate students by summer. Students who participate in the program are eligible to earn four hours of academic credit.

For more information, contact Laura (McCaskey) Dewberry at 330-941-1870 or