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The NSLS offers a paid two-semester internship program where we work with the best and the brightest. Our internship focuses on helping leaders develop real-world skills in management, budgeting, communication, public speaking, marketing and event planning.

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An internship with NSLS benefits you personally, professionally and academically and is a great way to competitively distinguish yourself in your future job search. As an intern, you’ll develop essential skills employers and graduate schools are looking for and gain real world experience. If selected, you’ll play a significant role in coordinating leadership events on campus, including live webcasts from the nation's top speakers, authors and celebrities. Additionally, you will receive a $1,500 paid stipend and an opportunity to earn college credit.

The candidates considered for this opportunity are second-semester freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Seniors and graduate students are also eligible if they plan to attend their university for one full year from their date of enrollment. Our internships are available on-campus as well as online.

The program is open to all majors and can be planned around your class schedule. It requires approximately 7-10 hours per week. All candidates will go through a hiring process.

The prerequisites include:

  • Minimum of 3.0 overall GPA
  • Demonstrated leadership experience or abilities

To apply, your campus must not already have a chapter of The NSLS. We encourage NSLS interns to start a chapter if one is not already active on their campus.

Learn skills in management, budgeting, fundraising, communication, public speaking, marketing, public relations and event planning. During this experience, you’ll learn how to:

  • Recruit and manage a 5-12-person Executive Board
  • Develop and implement a budget for speakers, community service and social events
  • Get your community involved in supporting the leaders of tomorrow
  • Implement cutting edge technology during the interactive broadcast events
  • Represent the NSLS on your campus
  • Create local marketing campaigns to enhance your chapter's image and involvement
  • Develop relationships with administrators and groups on your campus

As an intern, your responsibilities may include:

  • Attending a live webinar training one hour per day for five consecutive days.
  • Participating in all weekly calls with National Office
  • Finding a qualified advisor(s)
  • Arranging a call with your Advisor and the National Office working to secure a student list and materials to invite students to participate in the leadership program
  • Recruiting at least four additional executive board members
  • Registering as a student organization and/or seek sponsorship from a campus department
  • Arranging to have advisor sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Office
  • Hosting an Executive Board Retreat
  • Planning and executing a calendar of events, approved by the National Office. Note: Campuses with 200+ members must hold more than one option per event to accommodate students’ schedules. 
  • Completing NSLS program steps to induction such as Orientation, Leadership Training Day, Success Networking Team Meetings, Speaker Broadcasts and Induction Ceremony

Optional events:

  • Social event
  • Fundraising event
  • Community Service event

Once your chapter is established, you will become the Student President of your chapter. This is a vital role as the members you recruit will look to you, along with a Faculty/Staff Advisor you find, for guidance, encouragement and strong leadership. The NSLS provides chapter Presidents all the resources to encourage advancement among members, as well as a roadmap for effective leadership. Your chapter will have an Executive Board that you appoint, each with specific responsibilities you delegate to achieve one shared mission—hosting a successful chapter.

The NSLS distinguishes itself from other programs by integrating a year long speaker series with training in personal goal setting, team meetings to set peers accountable for each other and mentorship. You will be a part of this positive change even beyond graduation. The Internship Program will also challenge you in many facets of management and professional advancement that is applicable in any career or industry field. 


I feel that a student who is passionate about leadership AND helping other people, this [internship] is something they should get involved in - not only for personal growth and development, but also professionally. You will grow so much more than you ever thought imaginable. 



The Internship Program is a career opportunity where the National Society of Leadership and Success hires you to begin a chapter of the NSLS, or Sigma Alpha Pi, on your campus. As a starter of your own NSLS chapter, you will be in charge of recruiting a faculty advisor, appointing your executive board, and handling the management and budget for the chapter. Once the chapter is established, you will be serving as the President, so you will be leading the events with your board and advisor. For a more detailed overview of exactly what you would be responsible for, please click here for the compensation overview.

The NSLS is the nation's largest leadership honor society. Students are selected by their college for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential. Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction. With 723 chapters, the NSLS currently has 1,281,890 members nationwide.

In addition to honorable distinction, the NSLS provides a step-by-step program for members to build their leadership skills through participation at their campus or online. Upon completion of the program, members receive their leadership certificate and take their place among the top student leaders at their campus and across the country. Members are able to list their affiliation on all statements of personal accomplishment, including their resume.

Membership is for life and provides access to benefits including scholarships and awards, exclusive on-campus events, employer recruitment through an online job bank, and discounts on computers, textbooks, grad school prep courses, insurance and much more.

To bring a chapter to your school, you are eligible to participate in the exclusive Internship Program. To apply, simply fill out the quick form at the top of this page to apply.

After you submit your resume and application, our internship recruiters will review your materials. If you are selected for a phone interview, you will be contacted within 1-2 weeks of submitting your application.

Only one student will be selected on each campus.

We do not have a hard deadline to submit applications, but we do hire on a rolling basis. This means that once we find a great candidate, we will extend an offer. Please make every attempt to fill out your application as soon as possible if you are truly interested.

Because this is an on campus internship, you cannot do this internship abroad.


We do not work with the schools to hire interns so we will not be notifying them if an intern is hired at the school. One of your responsibilities as an intern will be to register the group as an official on campus organization or seek department sponsorship.

While there might be similarities between Sigma Alpha Pi and other honor organizations and leadership programs on your campus, there are also differences. Sigma Alpha Pi is inclusive, meaning any student can join regardless of GPA. Students with certain GPAs will receive invitations in the mail, but students who do not receive this invitation will still be able to apply by using our nomination form. This form requires the student to obtain two faculty signatures who can attest that the student would benefit from this program. Additionally, with our Leadership Training Day and Success Networking Teams, there are many things that make the NSLS unique. Although there may be similarities, this is not meant to serve as competition to any other club or program on campus, and many of our chapters collaborate with other leadership programs and groups on different projects and events.

This is an on campus internship.


This internship is very flexible and can be very accommodating based on your schedule. Whether it be your classes, other activities, work, etc. - you can work the Internship Program around your schedule. Most interns spend 7-10 hours a week doing the internship.


No! This is a paid internship, so we are paying you!

  • No, interns have the right to forfeit or donate the stipend directly to support the chapter if he or she chooses.
  • The NSLS provides a stipend to adhere to minimum wage laws in many states as well as ensure that a diverse group of students have this opportunity, especially those with low or no income.
  • The majority of schools bring the NSLS’s leadership program to campus through an administrator, not through a student. When they do bring a chapter on campus via a student, they are extremely selective. On average, only 6% of applicants are chosen. Establishing a chapter on campus will provide the intern with the opportunity to help students on the campus, help the intern develop personally and professionally, and allow the intern to lead a team to develop his or her leadership skills.

Yes. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law protecting the privacy of student education records. The NSLS takes this law very seriously, and as such, our student data privacy protection policy has been deemed FERPA compliant by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) based on their independent, 3rd party evaluation. Please email to request a copy of their evaluation letter.

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