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The Norton Board

The Norton Board

The Norton Board

A key part of how Birmingham-Southern prepares the professionals of tomorrow is by giving them experience with experts beyond the classroom. The Edward Lee Norton Board provides a wide range of internships and mentoring opportunities through a network of 250 professionals committed to Birmingham-Southern and its students.

The Norton Board was established in 1974 to strengthen the bonds between BSC and the city of Birmingham and revitalized in 2013 to deliver on the promise of experiential learning to the entire student body


    History & Mission

    The mission of the Norton Board is to:

    • Connect the college to the community, its people, and its needs;
    • Connect the community to the college, its students, and its mission;
    • Combine the academic, liberal arts experience with practical impacts in the real world; and
    • Provide a conduit to prepare and mentor students for engagement, service, and leadership.

    The Norton Board of Advisors was established in 1974 to honor the memory of Edward Lee Norton by providing in perpetuity a forum for mixing the academic and theoretical wisdom of the college with the practical advice of the Birmingham business and professional communities . At first a small group of business professionals organized to mentor a fledgling business program, the Norton Board has since matured as a larger and more representative body.

    In the fall of 1989, BSC reorganized its Edward Lee Norton Board of Advisors for Management and Professional Education. Leaders in health, law, business, government, and service now come together on a regular basis to hear about all segments of college life and to respond to the needs of the College’s most important constituents: its students.

    During the summer of 2013, the College restructured and rejuvenated the Norton Board to provide mentoring and internship opportunities to all BSC students. Student needs define the organization and activities of the board, which is comprised of 250 professional men and women committed to preparing the professionals of tomorrow for their contributions to our ever changing world.


    Internships arranged through the Norton Board provide career insight, expert training, and invaluable experience to students in a learning partnership. This program prepares the professionals of tomorrow to excel in their chosen careers by providing an education enriched by real-world learning experience. Other Birmingham-Southern programs also offer internships and pre-professional experiences, including Pre-Health, Pre-Law, Education, Entrepreneurship, the Hess Center for Leadership & Service, the Office of Exploration Term & Contract Learning, and the Sklenar Center for International Programs, in addition to individual academic departments and faculty members.

    The Norton Board structure is designed to provide opportunities for every student, no matter their field of interest. Some suggested matches are shown below. If you don’t see your perfect match, don’t worry—we’re flexible and want to find the best fit for everyone.

    It is not required that you match your field of study with a Norton Board Committee. Feel free to explore other areas and opportunities.


    Fields of interest

    Health Care

    Biology, chemistry, physics, pre-health, psychology


    Economics, political science, business, history, English, pre-law, philosophy


    Education, political science, leadership studies, service-learning

    Business and Accounting Accounting, business, marketing, communications, entrepreneurship, international programs, media and film studies, urban environmental studies, economics, Asian studies, modern foreign language

    Engineering and Computer Science

    Math, physics, chemistry

    Non-Profit and Government

    Political science, religion, history, English, philosophy, modern foreign languages, Asian studies, philosophy, leadership studies, education, service-learning, global and comparative studies, sociology, psychology, urban environmental studies

    The Arts

    Art, art history, music, musical theatre, theatre, media and film studies, English



    The Panther Partnerships Mentoring Program

    The Panther Partnerships Mentoring Program pairs students with professionals on Birmingham-Southern's Norton Board for an intensive, structured mentorship experience. Through required monthly meetings during the fall and spring semesters, mentors help students achieve personalized goals in pursuit of their educational and career ambitions. Students also benefit from professional development seminars covering topics such as networking, resume building, and interview skills.

    The program is open to students of all majors and interests. Rising Sophomores and Juniors are especially encouraged to apply.

    Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are due by midnight on Sunday, May 7, 2017. You may access the application here.

    For more information, contact
    Katy Smith
    Assistant Director of Internships
    (205) 226-3037 
    Norton 266

    To learn more about Panther Partnerships, please watch the video below!