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Pioneer Leadership Program

Pioneer Leadership Program


Community Leadership Internships

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PLP connects students with a variety of internships with community partners

University graduates today are more equipped for work and service in their communities when they have had internship or like experiences. PLP provides a number of ways for students to pursue their passions and career interests through internship learning.  Each academic minor student is required to take 6 credits of electives. Usually these electives are met with a 4 credit course of the student's choosing that supports their leadership in an individualized way and the remainder can be acquired through a 2 credit internship.

Internships require 40 hours of work per credit hour and allow students to immerse themselves more deeply in a leadership learning opportunity.  Students will work with their assigned PLP faculty advisor to determine what kind of an internship will best round out their leadership development experience. 

In the past, internships have included the following contexts for placements:

  • City of Denver homeless initiatives
  • Non-profit financial planning offices
  • El Pomar Foundation summer internships
  • Global non-profit placements
  • Denver Public School partnerships
  • Senate and governor's offices internships
  • Business management and training internships
  • International service learning opportunities

Students are encouraged to think early about where internships might best position them for their leadership learning and career aspirations. We are open and willing to discuss any internships that you think will benefit your professional and leadership development.