Student Engagement

Non-Profit Protege Program

About the Non-Profit Protege Program

Each spring semester, the Student Engagement Office and the United Way of Story County co-sponsor the Non-Profit Protégé Program. Undergraduate ISU students have the opportunity to walk in the shoes of an administrator of a local non-profit organization. Each protégé attends weekly meetings with their mentor throughout the spring semester. Protégés have opportunities to attend board meetings, experience staff and committee meetings, visit with potential financial donors, and witness the action-packed world of being a non-profit leader. 

This is not an internship experience; rather, it is an opportunity for students to directly shadow a non-profit administrator. The purpose of this program is to give students interested in exploring the non-profit world a firsthand experience in the field.

Partner Organizations for 2024 Program:

Ames Public Library

ACPC (Day Care)

Boys & Girls Club of Story County

Center for Creative Justice


Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance

Friendship Ark

Heartland of Story County

Mainstream Living

The Arc of Story County

The American Red Cross

United Way of Story County


Program Requirements

In order to complete the program, participants must do the following: 

  • Participate in an introductory orientation session, mid-point reflection, and end of the semester celebration.

  • Communicate with the non-profit mentor to create a weekly schedule at the non-profit agency site.

  • Sign a confidentiality document and/or complete a background check with the host agency (as needed).

  • Complete at least 8 weekly meetings with Non-Profit Protégé mentor for the Spring semester.

  • Prepare for weekly meetings with mentor by reviewing discussion questions and/or provided articles.

  • Develop an initiative that will benefit the non-profit agency by increasing awareness, recruiting volunteers, providing resources or donations.

  • Produce a short written reflection of experience that will be shared with mentor.

  • Share a five minute presentation at the celebration event.

Application Process

Students must meet the following criteria to be selected for participation:

  • Be a full-time undergraduate student at Iowa State University in the Spring semester of the program.

  • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.

Applications are due no later than Monday, November 27th at 11:59PM!


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