YVSC Internship Program2022-02-28T19:12:33+00:00

YVSC Internship Program

The mission of the YVSC Internship Program is to connect motivated students and young professionals with professional training and experience that puts them on track to sustainability professions and/or collaborations in the future.

The 12-week program brings interns into contact with YVSC staff and engages them in our programs addressing sustainability issues in the Yampa Valley, while providing them with training and on-the-ground experience in nonprofit work. Using a project-based approach, participants apply what they learn through the internship to contribute to, expand on or develop a meaningful environmental project within our community. Each internship with YVSC is unique; it intersects where the organization’s needs and the individual’s interests meet.

We will be accepting applications for our summer internship from March 1 to April 15!

Who Should Apply?

Are you a student or young professional seeking experience and training in the field of sustainability in the Yampa Valley? Do your interests align with one or several of our Priority Areas or Programs? We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply for this position. No previous experience is required for this program, just an eagerness and interest to learn.

Internship Program Term Dates

10-15 hours per week



Spring 2022

Application Window: January 3 – January 28
Term Dates: February 7 – May 29

Summer 2022

Application Window: March 1 – April 15
Term Dates: May 31 – August 19

Fall 2022

Application Window: August 2 – August 27
Term Dates: September 12 – December 2

How to apply


Submit an online application


YVSC will interview select applicants


YVSC will notify Internship position offers via email


Eligibility Questions

What kind of experience does YVSC require participants to have?2021-05-03T21:42:35+00:00

YVSC accepts interdisciplinary participants with skills in many different areas and levels. Participant education levels range from high school to undergraduate and graduate students. Participants with a strong interest in sustainability and conservation are strongly encouraged to apply. No previous experience is required in these areas, just an eagerness and interest to learn.

Do I need to be located in the Yampa Valley (Routt and Moffat Counties)?2021-05-03T21:43:50+00:00

The program prioritizes internship training opportunities for students and young professionals from the Yampa Valley community, which encompasses both Routt and Moffat Counties. As such, participants must fit both of the following requirements in order to be eligible for the program:

  1. Participants must have resided in the greater Yampa Valley (including Routt or Moffat County)
  2. Participants must reside in the Yampa Valley for the duration of their 12 week term.

We offer exceptions to this qualification on a limited basis, however serving our local youth and young professionals remains our priority.

What is the time commitment required during the term?2021-05-03T21:45:15+00:00

Interns are expected to commit 4-11 hours per week towards their projects, in addition to attending various community events throughout the term.

Weekly Meetings: 1 hour x 12 weeks
Project Work: 3-10 hours per week x 12 weeks
YVSC Community Meetings: 1 hours once a month
Other YVSC Community Work: Varies

General Questions

How do I apply for the Internship Program?2021-05-03T21:47:40+00:00

There are 3 Terms with the YVSC Internship Program: Spring, Summer, & Fall. Open applications can be found at here and are due by 11:59pm on their listed dates. Please review the Application Materials document before submitting your application. Application materials include:

  1. Resume
  2. Short Essay Questions
How does the review process work?2021-05-03T21:48:17+00:00

All applications will be considered. Interviews will be offered to select applicants. Following the interviews, YVSC will email applicants to notify them whether or not they will be offered a position for the given term. Positions are limited and we strongly encourage applicants to apply for a future term if they are not accepted.

Can I get course credit for my internship?2021-05-03T21:49:51+00:00

Some schools may offer credit for projects with the YVSC Internship Program. Interns interested in receiving credit for the project will need to arrange this with their school to make sure the project meets any necessary requirements. Prior to the term beginning, participants interested in pursuing school credit can outline and communicate any requirements to the Internship Program Manager for consideration. It is the student’s responsibility to meet deadlines and ensure all paperwork is completed to fulfill the requirements.

What’s the difference between Non-Stipendiary vs Stipendiary projects?2021-05-03T21:50:35+00:00

Non-Stipendiary projects are the most common projects that YVSC Interns will participate in. With Non-Stipendiary projects, interns volunteer their time and, in return, are provided with professional development experience. These projects are flexible and provide interns with the opportunity to adapt it to their own interests and goals. Non-stipendiary positions are ideal for those who do not have prior experience in sustainability and/or are seeking course credit.

Stipendiary Projects are projects that are funded and have a stipend attached to it. A stipend is an allowance that YVSC will pay to Interns throughout their term. These stipends exist from grants and funding that are attached to specific YVSC projects and areas of focus. Stipendiary projects are offered on a limited basis and inherently have less flexibility than Non-Stipendiary projects because they have previously determined goals and actions associated with them. If a project has a stipend attached to it, it will be listed as such.

What happens after I complete a project with the YVSC Internship Program?2021-05-03T21:51:05+00:00

After completing their 12 week project term, interns will meet with the YVSC Internship Program Manager and YVSC Executive Director to discuss next steps, which would include one of the following actions:

  1. Wrap up your project and seek other endeavors
  2. Apply for another YVSC project term
  3. Apply to continue to work as an independent YVSC Intern

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