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What is NUFP?


The NASPA Undergraduate Fellows program (NUFP) is a semi-structured mentoring program for undergraduate students wishing to explore and better understand the field of student affairs and/or higher education. Students and mentors apply as a pair, and if selected are provided the foundation to establish a semi-structured mentoring relationship at their institution. Students, once selected, are known as Fellows, and are also given the opportunity to attend a national conference, participate in paid internships, and participate in the Dungy (Summer) Leadership Institute.

NUFP consists of four distinct components:

  • On-campus Mentorship − Fellows and their Mentors participate in an ongoing exchange designed to provide the Fellow with a chance to develop a sense of what a career in student affairs or higher education might be like.
  • Conference Attendance − Fellows are provided the opportunity to attend NASPAs annual conference.
  • Summer Internship − Fellows are offered the opportunity to apply and participate in a paid summer internship in student affairs or higher education, at an institution other than their own, as a means of broadening their experience base and their perspective on student affairs and higher education.
  • Dungy (Summer) Leadership Institute − Fellows are invited to apply to and attend the Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), a four-day workshop focused on skill building and career development. The SLI provides not only an in-depth leadership development experience but also prepares Fellows for graduate work in student affairs/higher education, as well as training to develop cultural competence and networking skills. During the institute, Fellows have the opportunity to meet and interact with other Fellows and administrators from across the country, as well as student affairs administrators serving as institute faculty.