Brescia University

Francolini Leadership Experience

The Francolini Leadership Experience is a four month paid summer internship that offers organizations assistance on strategic organizational issues and access to top academics, while providing students with real-world experience. The Experience includes three components: the student, the organization, and the faculty. The intention is that the student will take the theories and skills they have learned in the classroom and apply it to their work within the organization.

Along with the Leadership Experience working in collaboration with one of our community organizations, students are required to register for a 1.0 credit course in Leadership.

To learn more about the organizations that the Francolini Leadership Experience has partnered with, and the positions available for Summer 2023, please contact Angela Hoornaert at

Experience Timeline

Applications Open
Applications Close
Pre-Screen Meeting
Course Enrolment
Interview with Organization(s)
Offers of Employment
Start of Experience
End of Experience

February 7, 2023
March 17, 2023
March 2023
March 2023
March 2023
April 2023
May 2023
August 2023

Applying for the Francolini Leadership Experience

Step One: Eligibility

In order for a student to be considered for the Francolini Leadership Experience all of the following criteria must be met by the student by the time they submit their application.


  1. Recommended by a Brescia faculty member
  2. Enrolled in one of the program/modules at Brescia University College
  3. Completed the equivalent of third year (15.0 FCE) – in the School of Leadership and Social Change preferred (Leadership Studies, Nonprofit Management, Community Development, and Management and Organizational Studies)
  4. Available to work full-time from May to August 2023
  5. Courses successfully completed: Advanced Leadership (3331F), Leadership Development (3333A), Leading Change in Organizations (3330) or equivalent
    • Note: If the required leadership courses have not been completed, permission from the department is required.

Step Two: Submitting the Application

If you meet all of the criteria noted in Step One, please note that the following elements will be submitted as a part of the application process:

  1. A Cover Letter, which answers the following questions:
    1. Briefly state why you want to participate in the Francolini Leadership Experience?
    2. Explain the specific contributions/qualifications that you bring to the Francolini Leadership Experience?
  2. Resume
  3. Contact information for two References (one academic and one work-related reference). Please note: Your academic reference must be from a different Faculty member than the one who recommended you.

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Step Three: Interview Process

If you are selected, you will first participate in a pre-screen meeting with the Chair of the School of Leadership & Social Change and then the organization who will be hosting students for the Francolini Leadership Experience.