student intern

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 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 requirements and process listed below.

         CU PIIE application deadline is 4:00 PM on February 1, 2019    Apply Now

Summer 2019 Openings

Log in to Handshake to view openings for the summer 2019 CU PIIE internships. Please follow the instructions for submitting applications carefully. 

Data Research & Analysis Intern - Boulder County Administrative Services

Resident Services Summer Intern - Boulder Housing Partners

Fund Development Intern - mPowered

Non Profit and Youth Development Intern - YMCA of Northern Colorado

School Food Reform Intern - Chef Ann Foundation

Programs Intern - Davis Phinney Foundation

Asset Management Intern - The Nature Conservancy

Bilingual Survey Coordinator Intern - Intercambio Uniting Communities

Development Event Assistant - Boulder Valley Women's Health Center

Communications Intern - Council of Western State Foresters

Volunteer Department Intern - "I Have a Dream" Foundation of Boulder County

Program Site Intern - "I Have a Dream" Foundation of Boulder County

Digital Storytelling Intern - City of Boulder’s Department of Communication 

Climate Initiatives Communications Intern - City of Boulder’s Department of Communication

Applications open on December 19, 2018 for the following summer. Students will need to submit all application materials by February 1, 2019. 

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.

Important Dates
  • December 19, 2018: Student applications open
  • February 1, 2019: Student applications due
  • February 2 – March 15, 2019: Applications will be reviewed by PIIE and host organizations. Interviews will be done during this time and offers will be made
  • March 22, 2019: Deadline for students to accept or decline received offers

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.

Interns are awarded a total of $4,680 if chosen for the PIIE program. Payment is distributed in the form of stipends, split by both the host organization and PIIE program. Interns receive their stipends in monthly or bi-weekly increments.

The internship requires completion of 360 hours over the course of 9-12 weeks. This equates to approximately $12 an hour.

  • View the internship descriptions below and pick your top two choices.
  • Complete all necessary forms and create materials needed.
  • Submit everything either in person to Career Services (S440) or by email to 
  • Applications must be submitted no later than 4:00 PM on February 1, 2019.

Application Materials
  • A completed PIIE application through the Google form above.
  • An updated resume. The quality of your resume affects your application. Get your resume reviewed.
  • Two separate cover letters for your top two organization choices from the list below.

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*