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Student Activities

Consulting Capstones

Bush School students from the nonprofit capstoneThe Bush School requires a client-based research project instead of a thesis for graduation. Capstone projects give students a chance to practice the lessons learned in the classroom. The goal of the Bush School Consulting Capstone (BSCC) is to enhance students' management and policy education by developing collaborative consulting engagements with public and nonprofit organizations. Students assist client organizations in addressing existing and emerging challenges. Client hosts are solicited from a range of public and nonprofit organizations including state and local government agencies, school districts and intermediary entities. Projects are based on client needs and could entail a range of topics such as: marketing, organizational assessment, policy recommendations and analysis, fund development planning, program evaluation, human resource management, and strategic planning. The consulting capstone utilizes a structured framework to approach problem definition and project oversight. Student teams meet with client hosts to develop a project scope memo and work with organizations to complete the agreed upon work plan. Read the final reports prepared by past Consulting Capstone teams.

Bush Board Fellows

The Bush Board Fellows Program allows Bush School students to serve as non-voting board members for a local nonprofit organization. Students are able to attend board meetings, serve on committees, engage in discussions, and provide advice to the board and executives. This innovative program provides unparalleled access to how nonprofits really work. Students gain hands-on executive board experience, the opportunity to engage and establish relationships with key members of the community and major organizations, and experiences that can be applied to future employment.

Current Bush Board Fellows partner organizations include:

All degree candidates at the Bush School are eligible to apply for the Bush Board Fellows Program. Students are expected to be active participants and bring a unique perspective to boardroom conversations. Applications open in the fall.

Public Service Organization

The Public Service Organization (PSO) is a student-led organization at the Bush School and has been recognized as an official Texas A&M University student organization. The PSO brings students and faculty together to meet the needs of the community, state, country, and world through service projects. The PSO has various student leadership positions that provide an excellent opportunity to work with fellow students and nonprofit organizations.

Click Here to find out more information about the PSO.

Speaker Series

Bush School students have the opportunity to hear from and speak with national and international nonprofit leaders. Opportunities include formal Bush School talks, informal class speakers and lunch seminars that address the specific interests of students. Speakers and monthly lunch sessions are hosted regularly through spring and fall term. Check the Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy Facebook Page for event announcements and to sign up.

Past Speakers

Chris Dyer, CEO of Arts Council of the Brazos Valley & Alison Prince, President & CEO of United Way of the Brazos Valley

Dr. Kelly Zúñiga, Executive Director of the Holocaust Museum in Houston

Grace Norman, No Kid Hungry Campaign Director & Jeremy Everett, Director of the Texas Hunger Initiative

Regional and National Associations

Nonprofit Job Boards

Nonprofit jobs in the US and other countries:

Nonprofit jobs in Texas:

Professional Associations

Academic Resources

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