Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance  (NLA) is an alliance of colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations devoted to preparing college students for careers in nonprofit organizations. UNO is one of over 75 campus affiliates offering the AH certificate. The program is open to all undergraduate students, pursuing any major and is housed in the School of Public Administration. For information, contact Dr. Ethel Williams, Director of the School of Public Administration at or 402-554-2625

Requirements for Certification include:.

  • Taking NLA–related course work
  • Conducting a 300 hour internship/practicum with a nonprofit agency
  • Participating in the NLAStudent Association and other co–curricular activities
  • Attending at least one nationalNLA Management Institute
  • Meeting NLA certification competency requirements
  • Obtaining a baccalaureate or graduate degree from UNO

NLA Program Curriculum

The  NLA director advises all students in selecting appropriate NLA program-related course work. Students must complete all course work as required by UNO to obtain a baccalaureate degree as well as complete 5 to 7 NLA -related courses. Many of the NLA courses will count toward degree requirements for a student’s major. Requirements will vary from major to major. To determine which courses meet certification requirements, contact the  NLA Director.

NLA Internship/Practicum

The student internship at a nonprofit organization is considered the “capstone” experience. Students must complete a 300-hour internship at an approved site. A student may conduct an internship for credit if this option is available in the student’s major department. A student internship manual is available forNLA  students preparing for their internship experience. Please contact the NLA  Director for more information.

NLA Co-Curricular Activities

AH students must participate in the NLA Student Association) while completing theNLA  core courses. TheNLA  Student Association will organize several learning and networking opportunities for NLA students. Please note: Students will be required to attend at least oneNLA  Management Institute for certification. It is typically held in January in various locations across the US. Students will be expected to raise money or pay for the conference.

Student Performance

Students must achieve at least a 3.0 average inNLA  core courses. In addition, students must demonstrate that they have satisfactorily met each of the NLA competency areas as well as other NLA  requirements noted above before they are recommended for national certification