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2020 Alliance Career Development Award

Internship Stipends to USA Students at Eligible IHEs to
Complete a Nonprofit Professional Training Credential

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

Deadline Date:

10/07/19 Deadline for Student applications; Campus Director students evaluation forms are due on 10/09/19.


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Internship stipends of $2,000 to USA post-secondary students completing a credential to work as a nonprofit professional. Funding is intended for students who are enrolled at an eligible college or university program and participating in an internship program at an eligible nonprofit institution. Only junior, senior, post-baccalaureate or graduate students may apply.

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Career Development Award program is designed to eliminate the barrier of an unpaid internship for students completing their Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential. The program also fosters partnerships with internship sites, building stronger relationships with national and local partners.

Applicants must complete an internship during the calendar year 2020 that meets the requirements of both the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential and those of your individual campus program. Added points are assigned to applicants with documented financial need, which is determined by a student’s FAFSA Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) number.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177774

Estimated Size of Grant:

A stipend of $2,000 is provided by the Alliance.

Term of Contract:

Student internships must be completed during the calendar year 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be eligible for the Alliance Career Development Award, you must:
- Be enrolled in an affiliated Nonprofit Leadership Alliance campus program.
- Have an active online CNP Profile including: Student enrollment fee paid; and profile approval from your campus director (status as Actively Seeking Certification).
- Be a junior, senior, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student.
- Have completed or scheduled to complete nonprofit specific coursework, including introductory nonprofit sector coursework prior to beginning the internship.
- Plan to complete an internship during the calendar year 2020 that meets the requirements of both the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential and those of your individual campus program.
- Be committed to finishing all CNP credential requirements and earning your CNP immediately upon graduation with your Bachelor’s degree or completion of graduate level requirements including:
- Completion of CNP competency requirements through coursework as set by your university or college.
- Completion of a 300 hour internship at one organization.
- Attendance at AMI (Alliance Management Institute), or Virtual AMI
- Completion of Leadership/Service activities
- Completion of Bachelor’s degree or higher.

Internship sites that are utilized for the Alliance Career Development Award must:
- Be classified as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization
- Not be a part of the student’s college or university*
*Organizations that are affiliated with the campus may be acceptable, as long as they do not share the same tax ID as the campus itself.

Pre-Application Information:

The Student Application is due on October 7, 2019, and the Campus Director Evaluation is due on October 9, 2019. Both forms are submitted online via Google Forms. It’s the student’s applicant job to make sure the Campus Director Student Evaluation is submitted by their Campus Director.

Students must have an active student profile, and have paid the $25 enrollment fee, to be eligible for the scholarship. Attending the Alliance Management Institute (AMI) is a requirement of the CNP credential, and is, therefore, a requirement for being a scholarship recipient. The next AMI conference will take place on January 5-7, 2020, in Kansas City, MO.

The application requires notation of student volunteer and leadership activities, a 750-word essay on one of the topics provided, and two letters of recommendation. A Campus Director Evaluation is required before the application will be forwarded to the Selection Committee.

Important Dates:
- Application opens: June 14, 2019
- Student application due by: October 7, 2019
- Campus Director student evaluation form due by: October 9, 2019
- Award notices to students and Campus Directors: November 8, 2019
- Student internships must be completed by December 31, 2020.

Alliance Nonprofit Workforce Partners:

Internships that are eligible for the Career Development Award:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online student application:

Campus director student evaluation form:

For questions, please contact:

Alondra Ayala, Student Services Coordinator

To be connected to a National Nonprofit Workforce Partner, contact:
Katie Rossman

1801 Main Street, Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64108

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming