FAQs

How many students will be assigned to each nonprofit organization?


We assign students in pairs, so they can learn about the nonprofit more quickly and provide diverse skills and expertise to the board.


How much time do the student board associates commit to the nonprofit organization?


Students commit an average of 10-12 hrs/month, including time spent at and preparing for board meetings, relevant committee meetings, and required FOB sessions. Note that Fuqua MBA students study in an intense, six-week term system from Sept-April and students may not be available to participate in board activities during classes, exam periods, and vacations.


What background and skills do Duke MBA students possess?


The 850+ students in Duke’s Daytime MBA program are from all over the globe and possess skills and experiences from across a variety of sectors, industries, and professions. Students typically have 4-6 years’ experience beyond their undergraduate degrees, and many are seasoned professionals with other advanced degrees. Our students include nonprofit executives, management consultants, entrepreneurs, investment bankers, marketing specialists, engineers, teachers, military personnel, Peace Corps volunteers, etc.


How will board associates be matched with nonprofit organizations?


Both students and nonprofit organizations must go through an application process including a written application and an interview with FOB administrators. We then match pairs of students with boards based on their skills, interests, and backgrounds. Students are assigned in early Nov and begin to engage with the board as soon as the students and boards wish.


What kind of work can students do for the board?


In addition to fulfilling the responsibilities of an active board member (attend meetings, serve on committees, etc.), students complete a project which boards can identify from a Project Menu. The projects in the Project Menu are things the FOB program sees as value-add to the board in terms of increased effectiveness and better governance, as well as helping the sutdents engage more fully with the board and learn about board service. Projects can deal with board building, board assessments, board operations, or fiscal oversight. Email us to view the full menu.


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