Students in the Nonprofit Leadership Studies minor must complete 300 hours of internship taken as NPLS 4301 and 4302 (for a total of 6 credit hours). This may be completed with one organization or split between two organizations. Internship hours are open to students in senior standing with a 2.0 grade point average. You must have instructor permission to enroll.

The internship experience is designed to:

  • Provide an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to the world of work
  • Identify certification competencies that need further development
  • Develop valuable contacts in the field
  • Enable participants to assume professional responsibilities and substantive tasks
  • Develop motivation and self-confidence
  • Increase communication and understanding between the academic institutions and community organizations

The student intern will:

  • Apply formally for placement with an organization
  • In conjunction with the faculty internship supervisor, contact an approved agency to secure placement
  • Be on the job for the agreed-upon number of hours
  • Complete all duties and responsibilities, as required in a professional manner
  • Become knowledgeable of pertinent aspects of the host organization’s operations, facilities, functions, and regulations
  • Support the host organization and its staff in any contacts with the public
  • Honor dates and terms as stated in the contract
  • Prepare and submit weekly reports, planning schedules, and activity planning schedules as required by the faculty internship supervisor
  • Arrive on time, make it a point not to leave early, and clear with the field supervisor any necessary deviation from the specified schedule
  • Dress appropriately as expected by the host organization

Nonprofit Leadership Studies Certificate students may also want to take advantage of nonprofit internship opportunities, although this is not required.