Partner With Us
Join us in building the next generation
of social sector leaders.
The PIFP helps local nonprofits fill gaps in their staff by conducting the legwork behind hiring. Partner organizations gain access to committed, idealistic, and energetic candidates who have studied on Colorado College’s Block Plan. This unique academic schedule teaches students to tackle single projects quickly and intensively both individually and in teams to complete assignments and develop solutions on extremely short deadlines.
Colorado College's Public Interest Fellowship Program encourages participation from nonprofit organizations who are invested in partnering with us for many years. We look for organizations with missions that include the following:
- Address significant social issues
- Focus on innovative, effective, and systemic change within society
- Utilize skills of Fellow by assigning, supervising, and coaching them through meaningful projects
- Grow each Fellows' workplace skills, nonprofit understanding, and professional capacity to ensure that their organization is benefiting from PIFP partnership
For the 2020-21 program cycle, interested organizations must apply to the PIFP by November 1, 2019. The organization partner application guides interested organizations through providing key organizational information and detailed job descriptions for their potential fellowships.
If chosen as a PIFP Partner (early December), organizations gain the support of the Colorado College in hiring students/recent graduates to meet long and/or short term needs of their organization. Each PIFP student candidate submits a lengthy application that is evaluated by 5 CC alumni volunteers who have experience in the nonprofit sector. The second round evaluates remaining candidates via interview. Final and third round candidates are forwarded in groups of 3-4 to organizations for hiring selection.
What's the cost?
Summer Fellowships average 10 weeks in length (typically beginning in late May or early June).
- Partner organizations pay the Summer Fellow $500/full week worked.
- Total earnings for a fellow averages $4500 - $5500
- Partner organizations in Boulder and Denver are required to offer an additional transportation stipend/benefit.
Yearlong Fellowships average 12 months in length (typically beginning June/July).
- Partner organizations pay the Yearlong Fellow $31,500 for 12 months + offer to cover health insurance.
- Partner organizations in Boulder and Denver are required to offer 2 additional benefits/stipends (eg. bus pass, gym membership, rent stipend)
Partner With Us
Becoming a PIFP partner organization will allow you to gain access to our creative, intelligent, and idealistic young professionals.
Organizations may apply for capacity grants of up to $6,000 to offset the cost of hosting yearlong fellows if they quality for financial need. Please see the partner organization application form for more information on how to apply for this grant.
"The most rewarding part of my fellowship was being pushed to do more than I thought I was capable of doing. In a period of less than five months, our team of three people organized and launched a prevention and awareness campaign, we also wrote a program proposal for a new branch of TESSA in just three days, and I've become much more adept at event planning, networking, and being creative and resourceful in fulfilling the wide needs of a non-profit that has very limited funds and resources; I never dreamed I'd accomplish so many things that contributed to my professional growth in such a short time."
Caroline Olin (Yearlong 18-19)
"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."
Director of Policy and Research
The Bell Policy Center
Cari Hanrahan, Director
Public Interest Fellowship Program and Nonprofit Initiatives