CU Public Interest Internship Experience (PIIE) Program
In August 2005, the CU-Boulder Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Career Services Department, the Division
of Student Affairs, and the Parents Association created the Public Interest Internship Experience (PIIE) Program.
The PIIE Program was established to promote students who are interested in civic engagement by providing fellowship
grants to selected undergraduate students who have obtained full-time, unpaid, summer internship positions with
non-partisan public service and private non-profit organizations located within the State of Colorado. The PIIE
Program is modeled after Princeton University's Project 55 Program, and is the first of its kind among public
universities in the nation. Because of this program, students who might not otherwise be able to obtain such
internships, will be able to pursue their passion for public service and help create stronger communities, states,
and nations, thereby bringing great honor and prestige to the University of Colorado at Boulder.
In 2007 the PIIE program was integrated into the Institute for Ethical and Civil Engagement
(IECE) as one of their core programs.
The IECE's primary goal is to support, encourage and enhance the ethical and civic engagement activities of our
students, faculty and staff as a highly visible, highly distinctive component of CU-Boulder's core educational
PIIE MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the PIIE Program is to encourage civic leadership by promoting internship opportunities and
supporting students interested in affecting the public interest.
The mission of the University of Colorado at Boulder is to advance and impart knowledge across a comprehensive
range of disciplines to benefit the people of Colorado, the nation, and the world by educating undergraduate and
graduate students in the accumulated knowledge of humankind, discovering new knowledge through research and creative
work, and fostering critical thought, artistic creativity, professional competence, and responsible citizenship.