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Nonprofit Leadership Association (NLA) Certificate Program 

Are you a young adult who wants to make a positive impact in the local community, in your home town, in our nation, or around the globe?  Are there pressing social issues about which you feel passionate?  Are you looking for an exciting and rewarding direction for your future career?  Then check out RMU’s Nonprofit Leadership Association (NLA) certificate program! 

RMU offers a program through which undergraduate students of diverse majors can explore careers and prepare for entry level professional positions in the not-for-profit sector.  In addition to completing all work required for a Bachelor’s degree, students in NLA take courses in Business and Communications, participate in non-credit workshops addressing the many aspects of  leading not-for-profit organizations -  taught by RMU’s Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management, and complete a 150 - hour supervised internship at a not-for-profit organization of the student’s choice.  Students also actively participate in a vibrant student organization that focuses on community service and career exploration.

A student works through the certificate program at his/her own pace over the four years as an undergraduate.  Each student receives one-on-one mentoring from the Director of Student Civic Engagement who has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management (Nonprofit Management concentration) and has spent her entire career in the not-for-profit sector.

Students who come to RMU are impressive!  Some have already done hundreds of hours of community service in high school.  Others dream of starting their own not-for-profit organizations to address today’s most challenging social issues.  Still others simply want to “help people.”  If any of these describe you, then check out RMU's Nonprofit Leadership Association! 

Contact Donna Anderson, Director, Student Civic Engagement at or stop by the OSCE in Nicholson Center, Room 250.