Become a Nonprofit Professional Students enrolled in USD’s Nonprofit Certificate Program have an opportunity to obtain a national credential from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA), whose mission “is to is to strengthen the social sector with a talented and prepared workforce” (Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, 2015). The University of San Diego has been a member of NLA since 1988 and is 1 of the 40 colleges and universities within the Alliance’s network. The Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential is the only national nonprofit credential preparing undergraduate, graduate and professional students for careers in management within the nonprofit industry. A recent study conducted by LinkedIn, the world’s largest online professional network, found that CNP’s are seven times more likely to reach the level of director or rise to a higher position in the nonprofit sector. Students who successfully complete the NLA’s program are awarded the CNP credential and obtain access to the NLA’s network of nonprofit career resources. Graduates may also join the NLA Alumni Association with its 1000+ members. CNP training consists of 10 core competencies that organizations are seeking in candidates and are critical in establishing a long term career within the industry. Marketing, Communications and Public RelationsCultural Competency and DiversityFinancial Resource Development and ManagementFoundations and Management of the Nonprofit SectorGovernance, Leadership and AdvocacyLegal and Ethical Decision MakingPersonal and Professional DevelopmentProgram DevelopmentVolunteer and Human Resource ManagementFuture of the Nonprofit Sector Requirements Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) DegreeCompletion of the USD Nonprofit Certificate ProgramRegistration in the NLA program300 Hours of internship or verifiable work and/or volunteer experience at a nonprofit agencyAttendance at one NLA Management Institute or approved alternative conference For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about this opportunity.