All nonprofit leadership and management majors are required to complete an academic internship. This experience not only assists students with summer and part-time opportunities, but also often leads to full-time positions upon graduation. The nonprofit leadership and management service learning opportunities consistently provide the foundation for the experience sought by today’s employers.
Each student, with the support of his or her academic advisor, is mentored through the internship application process to obtain and complete an off-campus experience that offers real-world experience in a variety of settings. The internship allows each student to experience his or her ideal professional role upon planning to either enter the workforce or begin graduate school. Students have completed internships both locally and globally, with each internship experience being individually designed to meet the student’s interests and needs.
The nonprofit leadership and management faculty embraces the application of theoretical concepts via engaging students in off-campus course-related experiences. This program has been instrumental in pioneering these concepts and successfully applying the experiential approach as a nationally recognized hallmark of the major. Presently each student completing the nonprofit leadership and management major will earn a minimum of 300 contact hours working in a professional environment. Previous students have developed strategic plans, designed community-based programs, developed and implemented volunteer recruitment strategies, coordinated special events, attended professional conferences, evaluated communitybased programs, developed budgets and a myriad of learning activities.