Alliance Career Development Award

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Career Development Award (formerly known as the NextGen Award) is designed to eliminate the barrier of an unpaid internship by providing $2,000 internship stipends for students completing their Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential. The program also fosters partnerships with internship sites, building stronger relationships with our national and local partners. Another important goal of the Alliance Career Development Award program is to promote diversity of CNPs in the workforce.

Program Information and Qualifications

  • A stipend of $2,000 is provided by the Alliance
  • The scholarship is awarded only to students who have not yet conducted their 300-hour internship that meets the CNP credential requirement
  • Added points are assigned to applicants with documented financial need, which is determined by a student’s FAFSA Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) number
  • Added points are assigned to candidates who acquire internships with the Alliance’s Nonprofit Workforce Partners
  • Only Junior, Senior, and Graduate students may apply 

We encourage every student applicant to review the scholarship guide prior to submitting an application. 

Student Scholarship Guide

If you are planning an completing an internship within calendar year 2019, apply now for the Career Development Award.


Important Dates

Award Notices:

November 9, 2017

Internships must be completed by:

End of December 2018


For questions, please contact Andrew Juarez, CNP, Academic Services Coordinator, by email or at 816-463-9474.

Check out internships that are eligible for the Career Development Award.


Hear From Award Recipients

“If it was not for my Alliance Career Development Award I would not have been able to complete my internship. The only way I could complete the whole 300-hour internship requirement was if I could find a paid internship for the summers and [my internship site] could not afford to pay me minimum wage for 20 hours a week over the summer. However, they were able to match my scholarship and I was able to find another part time job and take an online class this summer. It was not easy but my internship has been one of the best experiences of the CNP credentials. I can not thank the Alliance enough for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of the Alliance Career Development Award recipients.”

Genelle Monger, CNP
Western Michigan University

“LifeDesign Inc. was my first internship experience. I decided to ask the CEO for more information about the Career Development Award, which led to more opportunities. I was able to connect with the CEO personally, as well as earn a stipend. Taking that step made my experience with LifeDesign Inc. that much more gratifying.”

Jeff Cheng
Indiana University


“My time at YUSA not only helped me receive this credit but taught me what I love about nonprofit and finance. They helped me tie both my interests together and taught me what real life work experiences would be like after graduation. The Career Development Award (NextGen) helped me achieve this by giving me the means to purchase train tickets to commute to the internship office. Without the Alliance’s support, this would not have been possible.”

Emily Martin
North Park University