Moon Township, Pa. – Three Robert Morris University students have received the prestigious Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders Program (NextGen) stipend, a competitive internship scholarship/stipend program for American Humanics students.
NextGen is designed to help a racially and ethnically diverse group of students with demonstrated leadership potential complete their American Humanics certification requirements, specifically the minimum 300-hour nonprofit internship.
Jennifer Phillips, a hospitality and tourism management major, will be interning with the Mercer County United Way this summer. Andrea Beats, an accounting major, will be interning with the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh and Joseph Kramer, a marketing major -- the first RMU student to be chosen for this stipend -- will be interning at the YMCA of Sewickley.
“Being a NextGen leader this summer is an amazing experience as I have had the chance to meet many qualified, non-profit leaders at the Sewickley YMCA. I have had nothing but the best experiences while at Robert Morris University and by receiving this award has shown that hard work pays off in the end,” said Kramer.
The American Humanics program is an innovative course of study that equips college and university students to become skilled professionals and leaders in America's nonprofit organizations. This is the first year that American Humanics has been an official student organization at RMU. NextGen Leaders earn 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 career coaches.
“Changing my major to accounting was a challenging leap for me and this stipend has made it possible for me to feel more secure within the choices I made,” said Beats. “Robert Morris has helped push me to take all open opportunities, while challenging me to explore all the possibilities, which is exactly what I did to get this stipend and internship.”
The overall 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.
“I have been given a solid education at RMU that I feel will make me an asset in the workforce. Because of the stipend, I have also been able to participate in the internship program and further the education I have received in order to reach my fullest potential,” said Phillips.