Public Interest Internship Experience

CU PIIE 2017 Application Appeal and Picture of 2016 Students

The CU Public Interest Internship Experience (PIIE) Program was established in 2006 to connect students interested in civic engagement with paid summer internships at non-profits and government agencies. PIIE was the first of its kind among public universities in the nation, and has become increasingly competitive since its first summer. Now on its 10th anniversary, PIIE has provided over 100 internships in fields ranging from animal welfare to education, health, law, sustainability, and more.

To find out more about the program, please review the FAQ listed below. If you have any further questions, please contact the PIIE Director (Dylan Mark).

The CU PIIE application deadline is 4:00 p.m. on January 27th, 2017. Please click the button below to download an application after reviewing the host organizations, internship descriptions, and information on this page:

2017 PIIE Application

Grants of $4,320 are awarded to participating interns of the PIIE program. They are distributed in the form of stipends, split by both the host organization and PIIE. Interns receive their stipends in monthly or bi-weekly increments.

As internships are expected to last 360 hours over the course of 9-12 weeks, the hourly rate equals approximately $12 an hour.


Applicants must:

  • Be full-time undergraduates enrolled at CU Boulder. Students must also be continuing full-time enrollment the following fall semester (study abroad counts) after the internship would take place.
  • Be in good academic standing with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Be in at least their second year of college (not just in credits) at the time of application.

Awardees must:

  • Be able to fulfill all responsibilities of their internship, including traveling to and from their host organization.
  • Be able to complete all 360 hours at the host organization over the summer. (Many past interns have studied abroad, taken vacations, or missed parts of the summer, and were still able to meet the 360 hour mark.)
  • Attend a PIIE orientation, mid-summer reflection, recognition dinner, as well as any other summer events to be determined.
  • Meet with their designated advisor at least 2 times throughout the summer.
  • Fill out an internship learning plan at the beginning of the summer, an evaluation at the end, and send a thank-you letter to donors/the CU PIIE Board.

*The CU PIIE Advisory Board reserves the right to refuse any internship based on the consensus of the committee*

Applications open on December 5th, 2016 for the following summer. Students will need to submit all application materials (see below) by January 27th, 2017 in order to be considered. Included in the application materials will be separate cover letters to your top two organization choices from the options listed in the “Host Organizations” drop down.

Once students submit their full application, they will be initially reviewed by the PIIE board to identify potential candidates. Successful applications will then be sent to host organizations. Employers will then contact candidates to set up interviews.  

By the middle of March, all PIIE internships will have offers made and accepted. The CU PIIE director will work with applicants who do not receive an internship offer to find alternatives in PIIE or elsewhere.

December 5th, 2016: Student applications open.

January 27th, 2017: Deadline for student applications to be submitted.

January 27th – March 10th, 2017: Organizations review applications, interview candidates, and make offers.

March 17th, 2017: Deadline for students to decide which offer to accept if they have received more than one.

Application submissions start on December 5th, 2016, and end on January 27th, 2017.

To apply, please be sure to submit the following in person to Career Services or by e-mail (

  • Review internship descriptions below
  • The completed PIIE application 
  • A resume
  • Separate cover letters to your top two intership choices (see position descriptions and organizations below.) 

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2017 PIIE Application

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