All students completing the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential complete a rigorous training program that includes both coursework grounded in the 10 core competencies and practical experience.
1) Coursework through the Alliance’s network of colleges and universities
Students receive education and training in the core competencies that nonprofit managers want when they hire new employees.
Students completing the program must have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
2) Internship or professional experience at a nonprofit organization
A minimum of 300 internship hours is required (those working in the nonprofit sector might be exempt). [Internship stipends in the amount of $2,000 are available on a competitive basis through Career Development Award]
3) Alliance Management Institute
The largest national nonprofit conference in the country geared toward college students, the Alliance Management Institute (AMI) is a capstone experience for students seeking the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential. The purpose of the conference is to expose future social sector leaders to a vibrant learning experience that promotes best practices, innovative thinking and awareness of the full scope of the sector.
4) Leadership and service activities
Students participate in a wide variety of activities that support classroom learning and prepares them for future leadership roles.
Students participate in the nonprofit student association on their campus, which connects them with the national nonprofit student association.