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Nonprofit Partner Organizations

PIFP Fellows Britt Landis (left)  and Danial Rheiner (middle)
present their research on hospital charity care policies
in the House Health and Environment Committee of the Colorado legislature.

Partnering to Build a New Generation of Nonprofit Leaders

In pursuit of long-term partnerships, CC’s Public Interest Fellowship Program seeks and encourages participation from nonprofit (501c3) public interest organizations:

  • That address a significant social issue or issues
  • That focus on systemic change within society rather than on treating the symptoms of societal issues
  • That are innovative and effective
  • That can provide meaningful projects and learning opportunities
  • That will utilize the skills of their Fellow in a way that builds capacity for their organization

How the Partnership Works

Prospective partner organizations apply to the program by November 3 (timeline below and link to application forms at left), providing key information about their organization, including a detailed job description for the fellowship.

Once chosen as a PIFP Partner Organization, nonprofits gain access to highly competent, committed, and energetic candidates who have studied on Colorado College’s unique Block Plan, which teaches students to explore and analyze subjects intensively, while working in teams with faculty and students to provide answers and solutions on short deadlines.

Each PIFP candidate is interviewed by PIFP to ensure a good fit for a fellowship position before he or she is recommended to an organization. Organizations are forwarded three or four pre-qualified candidates, which they interview before choosing a Fellow.

Summer Fellowships are 10 weeks in length (typically beginning in late May or early June). Partner organizations pay the Summer Fellow a stipend of $3500.

Yearlong Fellowships are 12 months in length (typically beginning in early June). Partner organizations pay the Yearlong Fellow a stipend of $24,000 for the year, plus health insurance.

Organizations may apply for funds to offset the cost of hosting a fellow. Please see the partner  organization application form for more information.


2015-16 Program Timeline 

Nov. 3, 2014 Partner organization applications due to PIFP office
Nov. 21, 2014 Organizations notified of selection as PIFP partner organization
Dec. 2014-Jan. 2015

Student recruiting/information sessions

  • Thurs. Dec. 4, 4pm, WES room
  • Wed. Dec. 10, 12:15 pm, WES room
  • Thurs. Jan. 22, 12:15 pm, WES room
Jan. 28, 2015 Student/fellowship applications due to PIFP office
Feb. 6 & 7, 2015 Alumni committee conducts pre-qualifying interviews with fellowship applicants
Feb. 11, 2015 Partner organizations notified of pre-qualified candidates
Feb. 12-Mar. 4, 2015 Partner organizations interview pre-qualified candidates
March 5, 2015 Deadline for partner organizations to offer fellowships to candidates 
Late April/early May 2015 Welcome dinner for fellows and partner organizations
Late May-early June 2015 Summer and yearlong fellowships begin