Nonprofit Internship Program 2019: Meet the Interns

The Denver Foundation

Each summer, The Denver Foundation's Nonprofit Internship Program (NPIP) places highly-qualified interns from backgrounds underrepresented in nonprofits (especially students of color, low-income students, immigrant students, and LGBTQIA+ students) with selected current Community Grants Program grantees for a ten-week mutual learning Experience. Selected host sites receive a grant to be used toward wages and taxes to pay an intern, who will spend 300 hours working at their host site and up to 45 hours in workshops with The Denver Foundation. Host sites and supervisors participate in learning throughout the summer in relationship with their interns and through required workshops with The Denver Foundation and all participating organizations. Interns and supervisors develop skills around leadership, management, professionalism, community engagement, and nonprofit work.

Meet the 2019 NPIP interns below!

Cate Daniels

School/Year: University of Denver; 4th year undergraduate (senior) in Fall 2019

Organization: Museo de las Américas

Role: Education department intern

Favorite thing about Colorado: The potential for adventure! There are so many places to explore and ways to take advantage of being so close to the mountains. 

Favorite thing about Denver: The abundance of kind and passionate people. I love that I'm always meeting happy, engaged people who are excited about the opportunity to have a positive impact on their community/ the world.

Grace Carson

School/Year: University of Denver graduate; UCLA School of Law 1L this fall

Organization: The Gathering Place

Role: I spend half of my time in the Family Area tending to the needs of families at The Gathering Place and watching their children. I spend the other half in the Wellness Area planning The Gathering Place’s annual Health Fair that will take place on July 24th. 

Favorite Thing about Denver: I absolutely love the community here. I have made such amazing connections and relationships here. Everyone I meet is passionate, genuine, and kind.

Blanche Marie Ndoutou

School/Year: University of Denver; 4th year undergraduate (senior) in Fall 2019

Organization:The Conflict Center

Role: I intern for the Fund Development and Grant Research part of the organization.

Favorite thing about Colorado: My favorite thing about Denver are the Denver Broncos and the Nuggets,

Yemi Kelani

School/Year: Northwestern University; 2nd year undergraduate (sophomore) Fall 2019

Organization: The Denver Foundation

Role: Philanthropic Services Group - I will be stewarding a scholarship reception as well as nonprofit research.

Favorite thing about Colorado: My favorite thing about Colorado is the view.

Alberto Hernandez

School/Year: Regis University, 2nd year undergraduate (sophomore) in Fall 2019

Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado

Role: I with both the Program and Development team. 

Favorite thing about Colorado: That the weather is as complex and beautiful as the state's capital.

Maria Martinez

School/Year: University of Colorado Boulder; 2nd year undergraduate (sophomore) in Fall 2019

Organization: Aurora Sister Cities International

Role: At Aurora Sister Cities, my role has mostly been centered around social media and making updates in the main website

Favorite thing about Colorado: My favorite about Colorado is the view of the mountains. My favorite thing about Denver is all the unique and diverse coffee shops.

Joris Alawoe 

School/Year: University of Colorado Boulder; 2nd year undergraduate (sophomore) in Fall 2019

Organization: Teach for America-Colorado

Role: Recruitment Intern (building a handbook for future interns and collecting video interviews on experiences in Colorado's public education system).

Favorite thing about Colorado: My favorite thing about Metro Denver would have to be the culture (want to be innovative and different) and the art scattered around town.

Yesenia Bonilla

School/Year: University of San Francisco; 3rd year undergraduate (junior) in Fall 2019

Organization: Heart & Hand Center

Role:Programming and Administrative Intern. I got to work at sites with kids ages 6-13 leading workshops and activities as well as at the Heart & Hand office where I got to learn about the administrative parts of the organization.

Favorite thing about Colorado: My favorite part of Colorado is how many parks there are and the mountains.

Fatima Ibrahiem

School/Year: Regis University; 3rd year undergraduate (junior) in Fall of 2019.

Organization: ACLU of Colorado

Role: Development Intern

Favorite thing about Colorado: Favorite thing about Colorado is our vibrant mountain towns (Estes Park, Glennwood Springs, etc ...) and beautiful hiking trails!

Gabriela Castillo 

School/ Year: Recent graduate of the University of Denver. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and Communications.

Organization: Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK)

Role: As a marketing intern, I will be creating blog content for the year and a marketing strategic plan. 

Favorite thing about Colorado: She is excited about having the opportunity to intern at ELK during the summer while continuing to pursue a Masters from the Morgridge College of Education in Teacher Education. Her goal is to teach 10th-grade social science especially history and civics. She is passionate about teaching, advocating for students in her community, and supporting students in reaching their potential.

Elizabet Garcia 

School/Year: University of Denver; 4th year undergraduate (senior) studying International Relations and Spanish with a minor in Business Administration in Fall 2019. 

Organization: The Denver Foundation 

Role: Leadership and Equity- NPIP Tier 2 Intern 

Favorite thing about Colorado: All the opportunities to get outside and be active. Having the best concert venue in the US (Red Rocks) as well as the best football team (Denver Broncos).


Anna Thielen 

School/Year: Just graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a degree in Political Science 

Organization: Colorado Trust 

Role: NPIP Tier 2 Intern 

Favorite thing about Colorado: I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, playing tennis, and indulging in arts and crafts. 

Julia Ayala 

School/Year: Regis University; 4th year undergraduate (senior) in Fall 2019 

Organization: The Denver Foundation 

Role: Strengthening Neighborhoods Program Intern

Favorite thing about Colorado: The four seasons! 




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