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CAUSE High School Internship & Nonprofit Grant


Summer 2023

The Community Foundation serving SW Colorado is once again offering an amazing, hands-on, paid summer internship program during the month of June with comprehensive learning opportunities for local high school students benefitting 10  Durango-area nonprofits. Organizations will receive a complete marketing/social media campaign for their SW Colorado Gives outreach, as well as a $2,500 operational grant to cover marketing expenses.

CAUSE (Community Action Utilizing Service Experience) is not your run-of-the-mill internship!

It will include local marketing professionals as mentors for the students. The students, who must be rising juniors and seniors, will be coordinated by a local teacher and paid through the Community Foundation.

Nonprofits selected to participate will host a high school intern for 4 weeks in June. In addition to helping at the office, the interns will be assigned social media marketing tasks. At least one staff supervisor needs to be available throughout the month of June to create a fantastic learning opportunity for their student intern.

Required all-cohort, joint meetings for the supervisors and their interns will occur (TBD). Interns will be matched with their nonprofits in May.

Here is what the work week will look like:

  • Students will be onsite working directly with nonprofit staff, in person, on Monday mornings and all day Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
  • Students will be offsite working with local experts to create social media products for your nonprofit Monday afternoons and all day Fridays.

Nonprofits will be expected to provide an engaging professional work environment where the interns will learn professionalism and office skills. In addition to the intern and the marketing assets, the nonprofit will receive a $2,500 operations grant upon successful completion of this program. This money could be used, for example, to execute marketing efforts related to the intern’s campaign.

To be eligible, nonprofits must be located in La Plata County and be a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) or be a project or organization under the fiscal agency of a 501(c)(3). Also, nonprofits must have a professional, public office space with consistent staff supervision available Monday through Thursday throughout June.

Nonprofit grantees that participated last year ARE eligible to apply again.


High School students interested in applying – Applications open March 6th

The nonprofit application will open March 6th.

This application will open on March 6

Video below was created by our 2nd year CAUSE intern Gabriella and is geared towards future interns.