Future Community Partners

The Murdoch Student Emerging Leaders (MSEL) program has proudly supported a range of NFP organisations from the wider community. Since 2013, Murdoch University students have completed 10 significant projects for 9 different community organisations. Organisations who wish to propose a project must be registered not-for-profit.

Student Capabilities

Students bring a mix of capabilities that can make a meaningful impact in a community organisation. Typically, students will form interdisciplinary project teams that can draw on different schools of thought and resources to see projects completed. Project teams are largely autonomous and the program itself provides the developmental opportunities to support teams to complete their project. The responsibility for completing and managing the project rests with the project team. A community organisation that hosts a project team is not expected to provide direct support. It is important that project teams add value to a NFP rather than burden it. This is an expectation that project teams have always risen to.

Project Types

MSEL does not have specific requirements for the kinds of projects that can be pitched to students except that they must grant students the opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the community and be achievable by a project team over two semesters. So far, MSEL teams have completed a variety of projects such as social media awareness campaigns and broader research projects. Projects could include but are not limited to:

  • Event planning
  • Awareness campaigns
  • Research projects
  • Program design

Program Stages

The MSEL program is designed to fit a student’s busy schedule while also accommodating the organisations the partner with us. The typical stages for an organisation that wish to partner with MSEL are as follows:

  1. NFP proposes a project for the next MSEL participant intake.
  2. Should the proposal be successful, the NFP will pitch the project to MSEL participants.
  3. MSEL participants will self-select their projects.
  4. Should the project be selected, MSEL participants will begin working with the NFP early in semester 1.
  5. MSEL participants work to complete their project over the two semesters and give a final presentation at the end of the second semester.

Proposing Projects

Applications to pitch projects for 2018 are now open and close on 6 February 2018 at 5pm. If you are a NFP organisation and you wish to propose a project, please follow complete the form below and we’ll reach out to you.

When proposing a project, please keep the following in mind:

  • Student groups are interdisciplinary and have a mix of capabilities.
  • Students will have access to a small amount of funds for project initiatives which they can apply for (approximately $500 per project team, generously provided by Unibank).
  • Projects will be run between early March to early November, with students giving a final presentation and summary of their project in early November.
  • Ideally, projects could be completed within 200 – 280 hours total.
  • Students will be encouraged to draw support from other parties if needed, such as Rotary clubs, grant providers or their professional mentors as needed.

With this information in mind, please complete the Project Proposal below.

Project Proposal