Funding an internship program can be a challenge, especially when the program is just getting off the ground. Here are three resources that may prove helpful; for more information, see Shelly Cryer's book, The Nonprofit Career Guide.
AmeriCorps*ProCorps is an AmeriCorps initiative administered by American Humanics that places students and alumni of AH-affiliated campuses in paid AmeriCorps positions as volunteer coordinators and at-risk youth workers. AH ProCorps members can serve in full-time (1700 hours), half-time (900 hours), or quarter-time (450 hours) positions and earn an AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $4,725. The education award may be used for future tuition expenses or applied to federal student loans already incurred. Visit www.humanics.org/procorps.
The federal government recommends that colleges allow Federal Work Study students to work off-campus in community service positions. Currently, schools are required to spend 7% of their total allocation on such positions. Some schools may require off-campus employers to contribute up to 25% of the wages, but others fully subsidize them. Federal Work Study programs are managed by different departments on different campuses-organizations interested in participating might start at the office of financial aid or career services. Visit www.ed.gov/programs/fws.
The NextGen Leaders Program is a competitive academic award administered by American Humanics for students enrolled in the AH program. NextGen Leaders receive a stipend of $4,500 during the internship, along with access to a network of nonprofit leaders serving as mentors. By 2012, AH will recognize 1,000 students with the NextGen Leaders award. Of the 250 NextGen Leaders recognized to date, nearly 50% are students of color. Visit www.humanics.org/nextgen.
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