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Consulting Capstones

The 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Public Service Organization (PSO)

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.

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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.

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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

  • Jabot Calvin, Executive Director of The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley
  • Angela Dina , CEO of Turn It Gold in Houston
  • 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

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12th Can – On Campus Food Pantry

The Center through Dr. Brown and a graduate research assistant serve as the primary advisor for 12th Can. The 12th Can is a student-run food pantry located at Texas A&M to serve all students, faculty, and staff in need of assistance.

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Opened in November 2013 and have served over 78,000 pounds of food. The 12th Can is affiliated with Brazos Valley Food Bank as a program partner, and we reside under the Student Government Association. Our goal is to eliminate hunger at Texas A&M, bring awareness to food insecurity in college communities, and show others the power of the Aggie spirit.

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International Programs

Through the leadership of Dr. Mary Hilderbrand the center seeks to build and support dynamic international partnerships and experiential opportunities.

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This includes the development of at least one international capstone each year as well as securing a select number of supported summer internships with partner agencies. The purpose is to ensure that Bush School students interested in internal NGO management will gain necessary skills to support transition into the field. For more information, please visit international programs.

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Global Philanthropy Org

The Committee for Global Philanthropy exists to develop and serve graduate professionals interested in the nonprofit community or international non-governmental sector by providing resources, promoting conversation, and facilitating high impact learning opportunities. This student committee exists to provide resources to IA and SA students interested in gaining personal and professional experience in the nonprofit community or international non-governmental sector.

Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP) – Collegiate Chapter

A newly established chapter with Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP) was developed in the spring of 2018. Through Bush School student leadership the chapter will reach-out to undergraduate students who may have an interest in development and philanthropy. The group will be a recognized student organization of Texas A&M University. Activities will include inviting professional speakers and organizing an annual fundraising event.


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