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. Our students thrive at organizations that do the following:

  • Address significant social issues

  • Focus on innovative, effective, and systemic change within society

  • Utilize and build Fellows skills by assigning, supervising, and coaching them through meaningful projects

  • Grow Fellows workplace skills, nonprofit understanding, and professional capacity to ensure that their organization is benefiting from the PIFP partnership

Becoming a PIFP partner organization will allow you to gain streamlined access to Colorado College students ready to get to work in Colorado's social sector.

Fellowship Timeline & Terms

  • Nonprofit partners apply to participate in PIFP in the fall of each year.
  • Students apply to participate in February and are interviewed by CC alumni.
  • Organizations are matched with 3 candidates for the final interview round.

Summer Fellowships are 10-12 weeks for a minimum of 30 hours/week (typically June to August).

Yearlong Fellowships are 10-12 months for a minimum of 30 hours/week (typically beginning July).

Students participate in PIFP guided training and mentorship throughout the experience.

What's the cost?

  • Organizations provide competitive hourly wages which meet, and even exceed, the local minimum wage expectations.
  • Yearlong Fellowship sites are also expected to offer health insurance.
  • We highly encourage partner organizations to provide additional benefits, or supplement wages, to help with the significant challenge of cost of living in some of our more expensive cities. 
  • Nonprofit partner organizations should reach out to the PIFP Director to discuss program minimum wage expectations which are above the statewide minimum wage.
  • Organizations may apply for capacity grants of up to $6,000 to offset the cost of hosting a yearlong fellow. Capacity grant decisions will be made in December.

Partner With Us

2024 Partner Organization Application Form

2024 Fellowship Job Description Form

Partner organizations should submit an application by November 30, 2023, for full consideration. Organizations can apply or make changes to their fellowship descriptions until January 12, 2024. Partner Organizations should plan for applicant interviews February 28 - March 29, 2024. We hope to have offers made and fellowships accepted by April 19, 2024.

Want to learn more?

Join a virtual information session:

Tuesday, 11/14, 4:00pm

Thursday, 11/16 9:00am

and reach out with any questions!

"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 (TESSA, 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."

Rich Jones
Director of Policy and Research
The Bell Policy Center

Contact Us

Andrea Culp
Director, Public Interest Fellowship Program
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