NASPA Undergraduate Fellow Program (NUFP)

What is NUFP?

The NASPA Undergraduate Fellow Program (NUFP) is a mentoring program for undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented and historically disenfranchised populations who want to learn more about working in the field of student affairs and/or higher education. The program is presented by NASPA, the leading association for student affairs administrators in higher education.

Students and mentors apply as a pair. If accepted into the program, students are then known as Fellows and have access to scholarships, internships, on-campus mentorship, and professional development events (i.e., conferences, webinars, etc.).

SJSU coordinates a campus-based program that includes support for mentor/mentee matching, application submission to NASPA, and additional professional development oppportunities on-campus. All SJSU students who are interested in NUFP must apply through the campus-based program.

The NUFP Mission

The mission of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program is to increase the number of historically disenfranchised and underrepresented professionals in student affairs and/or higher education, including but not limited to those of racial and ethnic-minority background; those having a disability; and those identifying as LGBTQ.

For more information about the mission and history of NUFP, see the NASPA NUFP website.


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Student Testimonials

"The NUFP experience is a great opportunity to really connect with other individuals who share the same passion as you for higher education. Also getting paired with a mentor was reassuring, and I felt very supported throughout my school year not only academically, but professionally as well. This fellowship helped me decide on a career in student affairs because I had the chance to do a summer internship in another state and attend the Dungy Leadership Institute. These experiences helped me develop into a more confident leader and student."

- Ling Le (Cohorts 2017-2018 & 2018-2019) 

“If you are interested in learning about how SJSU functions, how college communities are supported and ran, and how current issues across the nation are tackled and discussed, being a NUFP is a very worthwhile experience. You will gain mentorship, career advice, and a better understanding of all the work people do behind the scenes to make a university function.”

- Andrew Lingao (Cohort 2017-2018)

“The NUFP experience helped me decide on my career in student affairs. I knew I loved psychology and higher ed. Being able to talk to my mentor and other professionals helped me be 100% sure about what I wanted to do in the future. I recommend the NUFP experience to all students that are interested in Higher Ed. It is a great start to your student affairs career!”

- Maria Gutierrez (Cohort 2017-2018)

“I would absolutely recommend the NUFP experience to anyone interested in learning more about such an engaging, exciting, and dynamic field. NUFP really opened the door for me to so many opportunities and I don't think I would be where I am today if it wasn't for this experience. I am so grateful and privileged to have been a Fellow and to be able to develop myself personally and professionally throughout the entire experience.”

- Zayna Seyedi (Cohort 2017-2018)