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    Apply for PIFP

    Want to make a difference?
    Now you can.

    Summer + Yearlong Application Process starts in February, 2021

    We have delayed the PIFP application process until 2021 in order to allow our nonprofit partners more time to understand the lasting financial and organization impacts of COVID-19. Student applications will open on Handshake on February 5 and will be due on February 18th @ 4:00pm.

    Note: You're welcome to submit either an official or unofficial transcript as part of your PIFP application. In order to obtain your unofficial transcript, follow these instructions:

    - Sign into to Banner

    - Click the Student tab

    - Click the Transcript button

    I'm interested.
    Tell me the highlights.

    You can expect:
    • A built-in cohort of PIFP peers
    • To be paid to work for social change
    • To work in Colorado Springs, Boulder, or Denver
    • Mentoring with CC alumni and professional development with the PIFP
    • To get your foot in the nonprofit door and make professional contacts for life

    How do I find out more?

    Stay tuned for virtual workshops coming in Fall of 2020 and January 2021. 

    Make a note: the PIFP applications are due on February 18, 2021

    Application details, please!

    Apply on Handshake via the Summer PIFP Posting
    Apply on Handshake via the Yearlong PIFP Posting
    Your application must also include the following:
    • Transcript

    • Resume (unofficial or official)

    • Recommendation Form (2) - submitted from your references directly to 

    "The energy that everyone in my organization brought to the table was so inspiring. It was incredible to know that I'm not just working alone - but that I'm a part of a greater force for good."

    Miguel Mendez (Colorado Center on Law and Policy, 2019-20)

    "My PIFP fellowship with DSF was honestly incredible.
    I think the most rewarding parts were twofold: The organization is SO dedicated to the cause as well as to its staff member which made me feel truly valued and inspired. Secondly, the work itself and the tangible success and gratitude demonstrated by students were empowering. The model of being supported while also supporting others was a really great."

    Mimi Smith (Denver Scholarship Foundation 2018-19)

    Expand the cities below to find the fellowship opportunities

    and associated job descriptions.

    Summer 2020
    Fellowship Descriptions

    Colorado Springs Opportunities

    • Atlas Preparatory School
      The PIFP fellow will assist in the enrollment process for 400+ applicants to a local charter school that aims to serve not only the child, but the whole family.
    • Catamount Institute (2 opportunities)
      Fellowship 1 - The PIFP fellow will teach, work with, and supervise campers ages 5-15 through half-day, full-day, and overnight camps focusing on outdoor and environmental education and experiences to help change the way the kids view the world and see themselves.
      Fellowship 2 -  Facilitate and support youth outdoor environmental education programs, Our mission is to connect youths (4-18) to the outdoors through positive, safe, and exploratory experiences.
    • City of Colorado Springs: Parks, Recreation, Cultural Services 
      The PIFP Fellow, while receiving an orientation on the PRCS Department, will be introduced to upper and middle management personnel, who will review various projects that they are involved within their respective areas, including Park Design and Development, GIS, Special Events, Forestry, Recreation, Water Conservation, Museums and Nature Centers. The Fellow and his/her supervisor will match department need with personal interest and skill to determine focus areas and create a work schedule and outcome timeline.
    • Colorado Springs Food Rescue
      Fellowship with a growing grassroots nonprofit will span two programs: food rescue, the redistribution of surplus healthy foods to no-cost grocery programs, and Soil Cycle, a social enterprise composting service. This is an active and engaging position.
    • Community Health Partnership
      The Program Specialist will be responsible for a special project to map out the homeless service system for both families and individuals experiencing homelessness in the Pikes Peak Region.  
    • Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control, and Greenway District
    • Fellow will serve as a representative of the District through watershed health related programs and projects including Creek Week, Brewshed Alliance, Scoop the Poop, and other initiatives.
    • Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center
      Fellow will work alongside Visitor & Nature Center staff to plan/implement programs for the 25th year anniversary of the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. The goal of the 25th year anniversary celebration is to enhance community involvement and awareness of the mission of the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center by increasing participation in programs and opportunities to preserve and appreciate the park. The intern will assist with organizing and implementing programs which may include a Youth Art Show, the “25 Things to do at the Visitor Center Bingo Card Program” and educational programs for the Gateway Adventure Series, and other events.
    • Inside Out Youth Services
      The PIFP fellow in this position will work closely with the IOYS development director to conduct research on comparable social justice and LGBTQ+ serving organizations, within the region and community of Colorado Springs, and amongst the existing base of support and participant population to compile information leading to the creation of an individual giving program. Alongside the development director and other IOYS staff, the fellow will develop social media campaigns, connect with potential and existing donors, assist with event planning and management, and culminate with the composition of an implementable fundraising initiative.
    • Palmer Land Trust 
      The Public Interest Fellow serves as the Heather Campbell Chaney Environmental Fellowship (HCCEF) endowed summer intern on the Palmer Land Trust staff.  The HCCE Fellow upholds the legacy of Heather Campbell Chaney, a passionate Colorado Springs educator, environmentalist, and Palmer Land Trust Trustee who died too young.  The HCCE Fellow accompanies Palmer Land Trust stewards on visits to regionally and ecologically significant private lands in Southeast Colorado and personally conducts on-site visits to public and private properties in the Pikes Peak region that are conserved under Conservation Easements held by the Palmer Land Trust. 
      Peak Parent Center
      PEAK's PIFP fellow will work to broaden the agency's scope of marketing and development efforts and procedures to align with our goal of ensuring that all individuals with disabilities are fully included in their neighborhood communities, schools, employment and all walks of life.
    • The Arc Pikes Peak Region
      The development fellow will assist in the development and coordination of The Arc PPR membership recruitment, development and communication efforts, and coordination of activities/programming. 

    Denver Opportunities

    • ACLU of Colorado
      The fellow will provide programming support for the Campaigns, Public Policy, and Education departments with the overall goal of educating the public on various social justice and civil rights issues as well as encouraging civic engagement.  
    • Colorado Center on Law and Policy
      The fellow will enhance CCLP's capacity to advocate on behalf of low-income Colorado children and families by enabling us to do more community presentations and outreach activities over the summer that will expand our reach and broaden the base of CCLP's connections and contacts in low income communities. 
    • Colorado League of Charter Schools
      The League PIFP Fellow will be closely engaged in several areas/projects within the organization. Primary focus will be in public affairs (which includes advocacy and policy work) with a secondary focus in research. Specific supplemental question: What role do you think charter schools play in public education in Colorado? What role do you think they should play?
    • Colorado Water Trust
      The Communications and Development Intern will work closely with the Development Associate to ensure the Colorado Water Trust community is engaged and informed about our work. S/he will be responsible for creating social media and newsletter content, assisting with donor management, and supporting the planning and implementation of events.
      An ideal candidate shares our passion for healthy, flowing rivers and streams in Colorado, is flexible and open to new ideas, has excellent communications and interpersonal skills, and is comfortable with social media and events planning.
    • Groundwork Denver
      The Youth Program Assistant will provide day-to-day support for Green Team Supervisors who are supervising youth ages 13 to 18-years old. This may include supervising youth on work outings or camping trips, coordinating activities, developing and distributing evaluations and surveys. The Assistant is expected to participate in team-building outdoor recreation activities.
    • One Colorado Education Fund
      The Development Fellow will work in collaboration with the Development Team to implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy, the main focus of which is a major fundraiser. The Development Fellow will carry out a full range of development activities to cultivate an active and diverse support base.
    • Parent Possible
      Parent Possible is seeking a Vroom Program Fellow to help us raise awareness of Vroom throughout the state. Vroom is a national initiative and free program/app that parents use with their 0- to 5-year-olds to boost their children's brain development and improve parent-child interactions. Vroom is shared through a diverse network of community partners and we will be focusing on expanding Vroom throughout the state during this fellowship. 
    • Project Voyce
      Project VOYCE’s mission is to partner with youth to cultivate transformational leadership to address root causes of inequity in underrepresented communities by training, employing, organizing, and building equitable youth-adult partnerships.
    • Towards Justice 
      Towards Justice is a nimble nonprofit law firm that supports workers who have experienced injustices in their workplace. The Fellow will work directly alongside our Attorney's and investigators to help workers recover wages, seek justice, and win cases. 

    Yearlong 2020-2021
    Fellowships for Graduating CC Seniors

    Boulder Opportunities

    • Access Opportunity
      Access Opportunity seeks a highly motivated person, passionate about education and philanthropy, to join our team in a full-time program support role. This is an exciting chance to influence the direction of a young nonprofit serving students in the Denver Metro area. 

    Colorado Springs Opportunities

    • Catamount Institute
      Facilitate youth outdoor environmental education programs, and co-coordinate volunteer educators for the aforementioned programs. Our mission is to connect youths (4-18) to the outdoors through positive, safe, and exploratory experiences.
    • Innovations in Aging Collaborative 
      The Program Associate position at IIAC is a unique opportunity to fully immerse yourself in a small nonprofit organization.  This is a rare opportunity to serve in a leadership role working with a wide variety of volunteers and community leaders in the aging space.  
    • Peak Education
      Click here for the supplemental question. The Peak Education Public Interest Fellow is responsible for the development of a robust mentoring program that will assist Peak Scholars in navigating the later years of high school; earn admission and scholarships; and provide guidance to college students in an effort to ensure that they remain enrolled and graduate on time. The fellow will be charged with recruiting and training mentors as well as providing resources and timely communications that support mentor relationships with students.
    • TESSA
      The Development Fellow will be responsible for assisting in raising the community awareness regarding the issues of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault primarily through outreach programming and fundraising event coordination.

    Denver Opportunities

    • ACLU of Colorado
      The fellow will provide essential support for the Public Policy Department in their legislative work in the areas of criminal justice reform including bail reform, prosecutorial reform, criminalization of poverty, reproductive rights including abortion care access, voter's rights, and privacy and surveillance. The fellow will work under the supervision of the Public Policy Director providing key research that will guide in the identification and development of legislative strategy. They will have a key role in developing the organization's strategic and tactical integrated advocacy work.
    • Bell Policy Center
      The Bell Policy Center Public Interest Fellow supports the outreach, research and communications strategies of the Bell Policy Center to strengthen economic mobility for all Coloradans. This fellowship is designed to teach the fundamentals of coalition organizing, policy research, and communicating with different audiences, with a focus on skill building through action and execution.
    • Colorado Children's Campaign
      The Advocacy and Communications Fellow advances our mission by supporting our strategic advocacy and communications tactics, including digital and print communications and community outreach and engagement. We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child well-being in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child well-being and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates.
    • Colorado Consumer Health Initiative - Consumer Assistance Program
      This fellow will support and empower consumers who are struggling with private health insurance issues and costly medical bills that threaten their financial security.
    • Conservation Colorado
      Conservation Colorado’s communications team works to tell an equitable pro-conservation narrative; elevate a wide of range of perspectives on conservation issues; and communicate to the public about our work to protect Colorado’s climate, air, land, water, and communities. Our Communications Fellow plays a key support role for all aspects of the communications team, works closely across the organization with other teams (e.g., our organizing and political teams), and contributes new perspectives and ideas to the organization.
    • Denver Scholarship Foundation (2 opportunities)
      Fellows will work daily in DSF Future Centers supporting and executing DSF's college access programming by working with students one on one and in groups, delivering college admissions, scholarship, and financial aid presentations, serving as an unwavering student advocate and coach, and representative of DSF.


    Cari Hanrahan, Director
    Public Interest Fellowship Program and Nonprofit Initiatives