First Peoples Worldwide prepares current and future leaders to meet the pressing social responsibility challenges facing today's businesses. We offer a unique opportunity for professionals, students, and recent graduates to drive change to forward respect for the rights and wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples at the intersection of business, law, and finance. Through fellowships, legal externships, and internships, we help shape and train young professionals in these areas, whether it be through all parts of our work or project-specific endeavor. 

Learn more about our mission and history. Unless otherwise noted, positions are remote.

Job Opportunities 

SALT WorkshopDirector of Operations

The Director of Operations at First Peoples Worldwide is a senior-level position responsible for growing operational strategy and programmatic impact in alignment with the mission to work from a foundation of Indigenous values to build a sustainable future for all. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Operations participates in direction-setting by identifying and prioritizing areas for improvement and assisting project teams with scope definition and productivity. They will oversee budget and grant management to ensure financial viability and sustainability; manage and navigate relationships with stakeholders, such as external partners and donors; and develop systems to track programmatic impact over time.

The Director will work collaboratively with staff to identify and implement projects integral to centering Indigenous rights and welfare, ensuring that resources are effectively deployed, and programs adaptively managed, to achieve maximum impact. The Director will drive staff growth by building and mentoring staff in a manner that empowers them to contribute to First Peoples’ mission, to deliver high standards of performance, and to ensure high levels of wellbeing and balanced workloads.  

For more information, email fpw@colorado.edu with “Director of Operations” included in the subject line. This is a full-time position.

Development Associate

In a role that is foundational to First Peoples’ fiscal stability and capacity for growth and impact, the Development Associate will work to support the Executive Director’s success in implementing and achieving development goals. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Associate supports critical development and fundraising strategies at First Peoples Worldwide, which includes identifying aligned foundations and donors, prospect research, relaying new grant opportunities, and relationship management with funding partners. Other responsibilities include conducting targeted research on foundations to support First Peoples’ development priorities; supporting the Executive Director to develop and execute tasks such as preparing for meetings, following up with potential and identified donors, and planning events; collaborating with First Peoples’ staff to develop substantive research and knowledge to support foundation and grant outreach; and creating and maintaining fundraising tools, such as slide decks, funding briefings, and more.

For more information, email fpw@colorado.edu with “Development Associate” included in the subject line. This is a part-time position, limited to six months with potential to renew and capacity to work remotely.  

Executive Assistant

The Executive Assistant is an integral member of the First Peoples Worldwide team, whose support helps facilitate productivity, increase collaboration, provide solutions, and encourage growth for staff and the program overall. They report directly to and support the Executive Director by coordinating their schedule, meetings, and travel; tracking necessary follow-ups; identifying conflicts or other concerns; and implementing administrative procedures for First Peoples’ operations. The Executive Assistant will interface with First Peoples’ staff, Colorado University personnel, and external partners. When necessary, the Executive Assistant will be asked to sit in meetings for the Executive Director to take notes, share talking points, and gather feedback. The Executive Assistant should be detail-oriented and able to tailor their support to best serve the Executive Director’s management style. 

For more information, email fpw@colorado.edu with “Executive Assistant” included in the subject line. This is a part-time position with capacity to work remotely.

Fellowships 

Fellowships at First Peoples Worldwide support project-centered work or research-intensives in the areas of sustainable development, finance, investment, social justice, law, and more. Fellows are responsible for implementing and managing a variety of projects, conducting related research, and coordinating with partners and stakeholders within and outside the University. Fellows also have the opportunity to collaborate on other initiatives at First Peoples Worldwide, so it is encouraged that applicants review work and programs at https://www.colorado.edu/program/fpw

First Peoples is proud to offer competitive pay and benefits for its fellows. Fellowships available for recent graduates are usually posted in the spring prior to graduation. Please check back here for fellowship opportunities as they become available. 

Legal Externships

Colorado LawIn partnerships with Colorado Law, First Peoples Worldwide is committed to the professional development of new attorneys in the field of Indian law, and to offer practical experience in the support of Indigenous Peoples in international law.

In exchange for course credit, Legal Externs support First Peoples Worldwide’s mission and are responsible for conducting legal research and analysis and producing written deliverables on a topic of interest related to ongoing initiatives. These initiatives may include drafting reports to international treaty bodies on human rights violations relating to Indigenous Peoples; monitoring and preparing updates to international mechanisms (e.g. the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the United Nations Committee to End Racial Discrimination); and, developing legal research and memoranda related to federal Indian law, business and human rights, or international Indigenous Peoples law. Externs will produce documents for outside partners and will receive supervision and mentorship towards that goal.

Externships for current law students are usually posted by October/November for Spring externships, February/March for Summer externships, and July/August for Fall externships. Please check back here for externship opportunities as they become available. 

Internships

InterviewInternships at First Peoples Worldwide offer students practical and professional experience in support of furthering Indigenous Peoples’ rights and concerns in the capital markets, through international mechanisms, and within domestic frameworks. We provide opportunities to make professional and scholarly contributions in areas of expressed need, develop leaders with an awareness of current and emerging issues, and facilitate cultural exploration and personal development. First Peoples is proud to provide paid internships year-round for students in myriad disciplines to provide support with ongoing projects.

If you are interested in applying for an internship, please send a one page statement that describes your interests and why you want to apply for the internship, along with your resume and cover letter to fpw@colorado.edu. Please include your name and area of interest in the subject line. 

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For more information about these and other opportunities at First Peoples Worldwide, email fpw@colorado.edu.

For further opportunities at the University of Colorado Boulder, visit Career Services.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

FPIC Workshop 2021About First Peoples Worldwide

First Peoples Worldwide deploys strategies to move the market towards respect for the rights of Indigenous People, and builds capacity for Indigenous Peoples, investors, and industry groups towards meaningful engagement. Through capacity-building sessions, industry presentations, community engagement, and major research projects, First Peoples Worldwide convenes consensus-driven dialogue between partners and transforms through activities that align business behavior with the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Additionally, First Peoples Worldwide elevates ongoing or emergent human rights violations at an international level, in parallel with corporate engagement. Learn more.