The American Humanics Certificate

Preparing Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders

Weissman is pleased to offer the American Humanics certificate program, an innovative course of study designed for students who will settle for nothing less than a successful career that enhances both themselves and the society in which they live.

The American Humanics is a national alliance comprising 75 colleges and universities and more than 50 nonprofit organizations. Its mission is to educate, prepare, and certify undergraduate university students to become skilled professionals and leaders in America's nonprofit organizations.

The certificate means having the personal and professional skills necessary to succeed in a nonprofit career. Student benefits include:

  • Certification in entry-level nonprofit employment competencies
  • Course-work grounded in the foundations and practices of nonprofit management
  • Tested practices and principles through experiential learning
  • One-to-one support, career development and mentoring
  • Networking with prospective employers at local, regional, and national levels
  • Opportunity to test skills and various nonprofit roles through internships, co-curricular and community service activities
  • Potential for references and referrals from agency executive directors, advisory board members and community leaders
  • Exposure to national nonprofit network of partners and career options
  • Increased sense of being connected and belonging to the community
  • Opportunity for lasting friendships
  • Scholarships


Any Baruch undergraduate major in good academic standing (at least a 2.0 GPA) with at least 45 credits completed who has an interest in the public sector and/or non-profit management may apply to the program.

Requirements to Receive American Humanics Certification

  • Completion of nonprofit competency requirements serving as a framework for university curriculum and selected seminar work meeting the needs of the nonprofit sector. Competency areas of study include: Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector, Ethics, Youth Development/Mentoring, Volunteer Management/Board Development, Fundraising and Resource Development, Finance, Management, and Marketing, and Technology
  • 150 or more hours of internships
  • Meaningful engagement in leadership and community service activities
  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree
  • Attendance of at least one annual American Humanics Management Institute
  • Students are recruited from all academic departments
Contact Information

Jennifer Harrington, Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs, 646-660-6700

Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders Program

The American Humanics Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders Program (NextGen) is a competitive internship scholarship program for American Humanics students.

NextGen is designed to help a racially and ethnically diverse group of students with demonstrated leadership potential complete their certification requirements, specifically the minimum 300-hour nonprofit internship. NextGen Leaders will receive a scholarship of $4,500 from American Humanics during their internship, along with access to and support from a network of nonprofit leaders who will serve as mentors.

Between spring 2007 and 2012, American Humanics plans to select 1,000 NextGen Leaders who will successfully complete their certification requirements and graduate to professional positions in the nonprofit sector. Nonprofit organizations that host a NextGen Leader will gain access to, and benefit from, the services of talented and committed American Humanics students preparing to enter the workforce as nonprofit professionals. A goal of NextGen is to illustrate the positive effect of competitive internship stipends and scholarships on the recruitment and retention of skilled and diverse next generation nonprofit leaders.

What are the benefits to NextGen Leaders?

  • A financial scholarship of $4,500 to assist each NextGen Leader in completing the minimum 300-hour internship required for American Humanics certification (in addition to any compensation or benefits offered by the internship site)
  • Access to mentoring and support from a network of nonprofit leaders
  • Identification and special recognition as a NextGen Leader
  • NextGen Leaders who complete a 450, 900, or 1700-hour internship in volunteer management and/or at-risk youth may also be eligible to become an American Humanics AmeriCorps*ProCorps member and earn an Education Award of up to $4,725
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