- Attendance at an Alliance Management Institute (AMI), typically held in early January.
- Active participation for at least two semesters in the Nonprofit Leadership Student Association (NLSA) by attending meetings on Fridays (during fall and spring) from 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. (Prerequisite: planning retreat held on the Saturday before the beginning of each semester from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) This can be taken for course credit as NPLS 4110 Leadership and Service Practicum.
The Nonprofit Leadership Student Association is a professional student group, driven by student leaders under the guidance of the Campus Director, which focuses on the development of nonprofit management and leadership skills through the practical application of the CNP (Certified Nonprofit Professional) competencies within the community and campus community.
All of the activities and programs of the association should contribute to your development as a Certified Nonprofit Professional, so that after you graduate, you get hired!
The idea is to use and develop the competencies you learn about in your coursework: plan, market, recruit, raise funds, manage the equivalent of volunteers, or otherwise put the competencies to work. You learn about the competencies in your courses; you have a chance to apply them in your internship, but most of the time in your internship, you’re following through on what a supervisor has asked you to do. In contrast, the Nonprofit Leadership Student Association is an opportunity for you to plan for yourselves and carry out service, marketing, recruiting, fundraising, or other activities. These projects can then help build a strong resume since you will have experience in addition to knowledge from courses.