The Nonprofit Leadership Studies program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a competency-based minor and national certificate program designed to prepare and certify students to work for nonprofit organizations after completing a bachelor’s degree. The requirements consist of taking three mandatory courses, five hours of electives, completion of an internship, participating in leadership and service-learning opportunities, and attending a conference.
Candace Culbertson, a senior at UA Little Rock, speaks highly of her experience.
“The program has taught me exactly what the name implies. I have learned various competencies that cover how to operate a nonprofit. Learning about nonprofits create a sense of purpose for me because I’m learning the different aspects of achieving a mission. I have learned skills that will be beneficial professionally and personally. It has been a very innovative experience,” Culbertson said.
Nichola Driver, the campus director of NLSP, was hired in the fall of 2016 and is seeking to reinvigorate the program. Driver is constantly hosting informational meet and greets, activities to garner interest, and is always eager to talk to prospective students interested in furthering their career in the nonprofit sector.