Building Community

Nonprofit Internship Program


2014 Interns

2014 Interns

Click here for a roster of the 2014 Interns.

Click here for a photo gallery of the 2014 Interns.

Click here for the Interns' bios.



Each summer, interns partner with Community Grants Program grantees for a ten-week internship.  Internships develop students’ leadership in the community, expose students to several aspects of the work of a nonprofit organization, such as programmatic work, fundraising, governance, etc., and introduce interns to a community of their peers who are also interested in improving Metro Denver. 

The nonprofit organizations that host interns benefit from additional staff support over the summer, and have the opportunity to bring a fresh perspective to their work.

The Nonprofit Internship Program was inspired by findings from the Inclusiveness Project that internships help encourage individuals of color to pursue opportunities in the nonprofit sector.  In May 2006, The Denver Foundation conducted a survey with college students and young nonprofit professionals about how nonprofits can better connect with people of color.  Of the 112 respondents (all who identified as individuals of color), 95% thought it would be useful for nonprofits to do more outreach to people of color about opportunities for work or leadership in the nonprofit sector and 90% expressed interest in internship opportunities within the nonprofit sector.  In response to these findings, The Denver Foundation established the Nonprofit Internship Program in the summer of 2007. Now, in 2013, we are proud to have an alumni base of over 70 interns.

“…I got exposed to so many different people that had different roles for the nonprofit sector, and just seeing how many different backgrounds and how many different positions there are that are all necessary, that all play significant parts, I think it really opened my eyes to how many different career choices there are in terms of working for a nonprofit and feeling good about what you do.” – Intern, 2012

Learn More

To learn more about being an intern, click here.

To learn more about hosting an intern, click here.

To learn more about the Internship Program alumni, click here.

To learn more about our current class of interns, click here.

For resources on writing cover letters and resumes, conducting interviews, and job searching, click here.