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Become a Partner Organization

Audrey Wheeler at Cons CO

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 for the legalization of rain barrells in Colorado.

Partnering to Build a New Generation of Social Sector Leaders

In pursuit of long-term partnerships, CC’s Public Interest Fellowship Program encourages participation from nonprofit 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

For the 2017-18 program cycle, prospective partner organizations will apply to the program by November 1, 2016 (links to timeline and  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 (late November 2016), 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 $4000.

Yearlong Fellowships are 12 months in length (typically beginning in early June). Partner organizations pay the Yearlong Fellow $30,000, plus cover 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.


Important forms and documents


"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


Lani Hinkle, Director
Public Interest Fellowship Program