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 application. 

Student Scholarship Guide

If you are planning an internship for Spring, Summer, Fall 2017, apply now for the Career Development Award.

Application closed. 

Important Dates

December 5 – Scholarship recipients announced

For questions, please contact Ethan Touch, CNP, campus executive, by email or at 816-463-9482.

Internships eligible for the Career Development Award

Camp Fire
Location: Kansas City, MO
Duration: One semester (spring, summer or fall 2017) Hours: 10-20 hours per week, can be flexible based on needs of intern.
Compensation: Unpaid
Internship: Development
Submit resume and cover letter here
Catholic Charities Community Services
Location: Columbus, OH
Duration: Flexible
Internship: Development
Application: Send resume to Mackenzee Burton
Catholic Charities Community Services 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Duration: Flexible, office hours 8am-5pm, M-F
Internships: Marketing and Communications
Send resume to Malissa Geer
Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley
Location: Dayton, OH
Duration: 5-15 hours weekly/one full semester (spring, summer, or fall)
Internships: Multiple Opportunities Available
Application: Apply online
DC Internships
Location: Washington, D.C.
Duration: June 3 – July 28, 2017
Compensation: Unpaid
Internship: Community Leadership, NGO Internships
Application: Apply here
Fair Trade
Location: At student’s college/university
Duration: One semester or multi-semester
Internship: Fair Trade Campaign Student Organizer
Contact Katie Riordan for more information. 
Make-A-Wish Arizona
Location: Scottsdale
Duration: 2017 Fall Semester (August 21-December 1)
Internships: Development & Events, Medical Outreach & Wish Support, Corporate Development, Marketing & Public Relations
Application: Please submit all materials to, with an internship interest noted.
Deadline: Friday, July 21, 2017
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
Location: Medora, ND
Duration: 4 months (Summer – paid)
Internships: Variety of internships including marketing and communications, events, culinary, accounting, IT, operations and volunteer management and the option to create your own based on interest
Click here to apply online

YMCA of the USA
Location: Chicago, IL
Duration: 30 hours weekly/one full semester (spring, summer, or fall)
Compensation: If no other awards are provided, Y-USA will provide $500 stipend
Internships: Diversity & Inclusion
Application: Send cover letter & resume here

“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


Hear From Award Recipients