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BECOMING AN INTERN

“Her presence and work made an impact in the outreach and training that our organization provides to our community. She came with an eagerness to learn and practice her leadership and was able to do it by opening herself to new experiences, tasks, and models of doing work. She was able to support the planning, outreach work, creating of materials and then co-facilitate a successful training.” 
- Past Nonprofit Intern Supervisor

"I had never thought about myself as a leader, and had never considered my potential as a leader. I had always thought that there was only one type of leader, and that was an enigmatic, outgoing person. I knew that I was not that type of person. I learned about my potential as a leader through skills and qualities of an introvert person. Through this new found self-identity as a leader, I’ll be able to contribute to my future communities. This realization helped me to contribute to the projects that I was working on in my internship.” 
- Past Nonprofit Intern

If you are interested in obtaining more information about the Nonprofit Internship Program, download the FAQ's [PDF] and Guidelines [PDF].

The Program encourages motivated and highly-qualified students from communities that are traditionally underrepresented (students of color, men, GLBTQ college students, first-generation students, etc.) in the nonprofit sector to become more involved as staff, board member, volunteers, and donors. Students will:

  • Enhance leadership skills
  • Gain real-world work experience
  • Broaden their understanding of the nonprofit community and the issues addressed
  • Discuss and become familiar with concepts of racial equity and community leadership

The Program also strives to build the capacity of Metro Denver nonprofit organizations through a motivated and highly-qualified paid intern. Organizations will:

  • Incorporate a fresh perspective
  • Achieve short-and/or long-term organizational goals
  • Discuss issues of inclusiveness and racial equity

General Information

Selected interns work 345 hours with community nonprofit organizations and The Denver Foundation over the course of 10 weeks during the summer. Interns will dedicate 300 hours to their host organization and 45 hours will be spent participating in other learning opportunities through The Denver Foundation. Host organizations focus on a wide variety of issue areas, and all have expressed a commitment to building inclusiveness and diversity within their organizations. Organizations design internship opportunities that involve interns in many areas of the work or the organization.

Eligible student applicants must, at a minimum:

  • Be an undergraduate student enrolled in a two- or four-year college or university located in the seven – county Denver Metro area (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties) and/or be a permanent resident of the seven-county Denver Metro area attending school elsewhere. For example, if you attend college in California or Colorado Springs but have a permanent address in Littleton, you are eligible to apply.
  • Be a legally eligible for employment in the United States.
  • Have completed a minimum of 12 credits (or equivalent block, quarter, etc.) by the time of application with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. (One quarter credit usually equals .67 semester credits, and one block credit is usually equivalent to 4 semester credits).
  • Eligible students cannot have already received a bachelor’s degree in another field.
  • Current seniors are eligible to apply.

Student Applications

Click here for the 2017 Nonprofit Internship Program Application Form.

Host Organizations

The Denver Foundation's Nonprofit Internship Program is no longer accepting proposals for the 2017 program. Please check back in late fall 2017 for information about the 2018 program.

Learn More

Learn more about host organizations.

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For more information, call 303-300-1790.