Audrey Wheeler '15 (center), PIFP fellow at Conservation Colorado, celebrates with Conservation Colorado's communications team at the Governor's mansion after a bill signing that legalized rain barrels in Colorado.
Be a Partner Organization
Join us in building the next generation of social sector leaders
In pursuit of long-term partnerships, Colorado College's Public Interest Fellowship Program encourages participation from nonprofit organizations that work towards the following:
Address a significant social issue or issues
Focus on systemic change within society (rather than treatment of societal issues)
Are innovative and effective in applying their missions
Provide meaningful projects and learning opportunities for fellows
Will utilize the skills of their fellow in a way that builds capacity for their organization and growth for the young professional
The 2019-20 application cycle has ended.
For the 2020-21 program cycle, interested organizations apply to the program by November 1, 2019, providing key organizational information and a detailed job description for the fellowship.
Once chosen as a PIFP Partner (late November 2019), organizations 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 the program 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 making the final choice of their fellow.
What's the cost?
Summer Fellowships are 10 weeks in length (typically beginning in late May or early June).
Partner organizations pay the Summer Fellow $4,500.
Yearlong Fellowships are 12 months in length (typically beginning in June).
Partner organizations pay the Yearlong Fellow $31,500, plus cover health insurance.
Organizations may apply for capacity grants to offset the cost of hosting yearlong fellows. Please see the partner organization application form for more information.
Partner With Us
Becoming a PIFP partner organization will allow you to gain access to our talented and creative young professionals.
"My PIFP fellowship allowed me to develop as a professional and pursue my areas of interest. I would not have been able to get where I am without my experience as a fellow. PIFP has truly opened doors for me."
Nina Roumell (Yearlong)
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative
"The PIFP fellows are bright, talented, and committed to performing high-quality work. They bring a well-rounded educational background and superior writing, analysis, and communications skills to the fellowship. They are dedicated to the work of our organization and excited to be working on public policy issues."
Rich Jones Director of Policy and Research The Bell Policy Center