Skip to Content
Purdue Krannert School of Management logo

Krannert Board Fellows Program

The Krannert Board Fellows program seeks to place current Krannert Master’s Programs students on the boards of local not-for-profit organizations. Students will act as non-voting members of the board, serve on committees and many times complete a project for the organization. Students benefit by gaining an understanding of the role of business leaders on non-profit boards while using their business knowledge and tools learned in the classroom to serve their communities. Organizations benefit from this program also by gaining access to talented business leaders with fresh and innovative ideas who can provide new perspectives to board decisions.

The mission of the Krannert Board Fellows program is to:

  • Support local non-profit organizations by leveraging the skills, talents, intellectual capability, and experiences of the students, to solve strategic and operational issues faced by the organizations
  • Develop Krannert students into valuable community leaders, especially in the non-profit sector
  • Establish Krannert’s brand as a program that produces community oriented volunteers and leaders
  • Provide students with hands-on experiences of serving on a nonprofit board thereby enriching their education at Krannert.


The Krannert Board Fellows program will be managed by the Master’s Office.


The Krannert Board Fellows Program seeks to provide quality service to participating non-profit organizations in three ways.

  • Board Fellow Services

    1) Board Committee Service: The most essential service Fellows provide is a non-voting board and committee participation. By serving on committees and attending board meetings, students integrate into the organization and give quality input to the organization to aid in decision making processes.

    2) Mission Competition: The program seeks to encourage students to complete projects or lead initiatives for the organizations they are assigned to and to advance the mission mentioned above. These projects or initiatives will enable students to apply the skills learned in business school in a real world company and provide valuable insights and service to the organization. To ensure high quality project deliverables, students are encouraged to engage early in the cycle to define the scope of a possible project or initiative. There will also be regular check in with the Fellows with regards to the deliverables and timelines. At the end of the assignment, the Fellows will submit their work for review by the Board Fellows Staff.

    3) Board Fellows: Finally, the program seeks to assign one or two students to each organization. In doing so, a mentor relationship is formed and organizations receive the benefits of various skills sets and talent.

  • Student Expectations

    Students will be required to submit an application and go through an interview process. Upon selection, students are required to attend all board meetings while school is in session with few exceptions (medical emergencies or inflexible interviews). If assigned a project, students are expected to complete it by the stipulated deadline and present to the board. Also, students are required to participate in all preparatory training as well as supplementary workshops during the semester. They will also be required to provide detailed feedback on an on-going basis. It is expected that students will commit between 1-4 hours a week to serve as a Board Fellow.

    Student selection will be determined based on characteristics that include:

    • Commitment to the program and ability to commit time required
    • Interest level in board service work, volunteering, specific cause
    • Diversity of background, work experience and perspectives
    • Academic standing by the time of application
    • Communication skills
    • Proven track record of self-motivation and ability

    Program Duration

    The program will run from October through May. Students apply in October and matching and initial training occur by November. The service term then starts in December and ends in the following May. Some projects may continue onto the following fall semester and students can continue working on the project. The term may be shortened to better accommodate some schedule requirements of either students or organizations. These exceptions will be handled on case by case basis.


    A variety of training formats will be used to prepare students for their service. These include information sessions, training workshops, applicable coursework, and one-on-one support from peers, Master’s Programs faculty and staff. In all, you can expect these trainings to require 2 to 10 hours per semester.

    Academic Credit

    Currently, no academic credit is offered for participation.

  • Non-Profit Organizations

    Organization will be required to submit an application and may also have to meet with program leaders to discuss fit. They will also be required to provide exposure to their board and assign Fellows to at least one committee that they will serve on. All meeting schedules need to be clearly communicated to Fellows. The organization is also required to select at least one mentor, who will guide and educate the Fellows, and be a resource for questions. They are also expected to provide regular feedback on the program and Fellows. Finally, it is expected that the mentor will commit 30 minutes per week to assist the Fellows with their projects.


    Organization selection will be based on characteristics that include:

    • Diversity of missions (e.g. the arts, environment, social welfare etc.)
    • Diversity of organization size
    • Mentors (willingness, reliability, and availability)
    • Regularly scheduled board and committee meetings (very important)
    • Interest level in working with a Krannert Board Fellow and commitment to the program


Participating Organizations Include

The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra

LSO logoThe Lafayette Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1949 by a group of local musicians and music enthusiasts who wanted an opportunity for local players to perform orchestral music. The mission of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra is to engage audiences and inspire a love of music through exciting live performances, innovative programming, and educational outreach.

Lafayette Transitional Housing Center

LTHC logoLafayette Transitional Housing Center develops housing and offers supportive services and opportunities to foster self-sufficiency for the homeless in our community. LTHC has four separate programs and the goal is to help the homeless learn the needed skills so they may be able to maintain employment and housing.

United Way of Greater Lafayette

United WayUnited Way of Greater Lafayette works to create positive changes in our community to make Tippecanoe County an even better place to call home. United Way will add value to the Greater Lafayette community by enabling people to help one another.

Right Steps Child Development Center

Right StepsThe Mission of Right Steps Child Development Centers is to provide and advocate for quality child care and early education. Their goals include provide children the maximum opportunity to grow and develop to their highest potential and providing students peace of mind.

Purdue/Indiana 4-H

Purdue/Indiana 4-H The Indiana 4-H Youth Development mission is to provide real-life educational opportunities that develop young people who positively impact their community and world. Indiana 4-H strives to be the premier, community-based program empowering young people to reach their full potential.


Krannert Master's Programs Office: or 877-MBA-KRAN