woman walking down the street with phoneAre you looking for a summer internship? Are you interested in making a positive impact in your community? Apply to the CU Public Interest Internship Experience (PIIE) program!

CU PIIE provides paid internships ($4,680 stipends) to nonprofit and government agencies in the Denver and Boulder metro areas for full-time summer internships. 

PIIE has organized more than 150 internships in fields ranging from animal welfare to education, health, law, sustainability and more. Internships in these fields are rarely paid, so PIIE offers a unique opportunity to work in public service. These positions can broaden your professional skills while making an impact at organizations with positive missions.

Interested? Here are five more reasons to consider the CU PIIE program, with advice from PIIE alumni.

Make a difference

In addition to the experience you gain at PIIE, you’ll also have the chance to make your own impact. You’ll find lots of opportunities to help out the Boulder and Denver communities with your organization in one way or another!

“My internship through the local health department allowed me to explore a lot of different departments and programs. And with this broad exposure, I was able to see many different ways that one can make a positive impact on the community. It was powerful to see the translation of a collection of individual’s work into tangible community outcomes. This really showed me that one person's work can truly make a difference and has motivated me to stay in the social service sector.” –Katie M.

Build your network

Like any other internship, networking is important. However, what sets PIIE apart from the rest is the sense of community between CU, students and partner organizations.

“The contacts you make and the work you do have the ability to result in the job of your dreams. It did for me. Also, the non-profit community is a tight-knit one. Good word gets around quickly, and even if your organization doesn’t have full-time openings afterward, you’ll end up with amazing references and great contacts!” –Andrea M.

Test the waters

A huge part of internships is determining what your passion is. Use this opportunity to find out more about the goals you want to pursue. PIIE is a great place to test out different career fields, and figure out what works and what doesn’t. 

“You should define for yourself what kind of roles you enjoy and what your strengths are in order to help you not only find a ‘perfect’ job but also to help with interviews and networking.” –Mindy B.

Enhance your résumé

Each organization is dedicated to the improvement of their interns. Not only will you polish the skills you already have, but you will also learn something new to add to your résumé.

“One of the most important aspects of my job was analyzing Google Analytics data to plan effective social media outreach. I really enjoyed the process of using insights from data to guide business strategy. In this way, PIIE gave me my first experience of working with data, which inspired me to get my master’s in business analytics at the Leeds School of Business. Now I get to work with data every day!” –Emily B.

Join a growing community

Interested in applying?

The application deadline is Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. Visit the CU PIIE web page to find the application, internship descriptions, qualifications and more.

PIIE has had over 150 participants since its conception in 2006. You can join a growing list of alumni that have benefited from the program. Make lasting memories and create new relationships that will help you on your path.

“My fondest memory isn’t the work I did or the stuff I learned, but rather the interactions I had with everyone involved with the PIIE program. I remember the dinners and coffee breaks with my supervisor, the other PIIE students, the PIIE mentors and everyone else involved in the PIIE program.” –James S.