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 13th anniversary, PIIE has provided more than 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 requirements and process listed below.
Applications open on Jan. 25 for summer 2021. Students need to submit all application materials by Feb. 14, at 12 p.m.
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 by providing resources that may help them in their future .
In order to be eligible for a CU PIIE internship, a student must
- Be a full-time undergraduate at CU Boulder. Student must also be continuing enrollment (study abroad counts) for the following fall semester after the internship takes 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.
- View the internship descriptions above and pick your top two choices.
- Complete all necessary forms and create materials needed.
- Submit your application no later than 12 p.m. on Feb. 14.
If you are a recipient of a CU PIIE internship, you must be able to
- Fulfill all responsibilities of their internship, including traveling to and from their host organization.
- Complete all 360 hours at the host organization.
- It is possible to study abroad, take vacations or miss part of the summer and still meet the 360-hour requirement.
- Attend a PIIE orientation, mid-summer workshops, recognition dinner, as well as any other summer events to be determined.
- Meet with their designated advisor at least twice 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.*