Dozens of former participants now work at the Colorado Capitol, in congressional offices, and at other public interest nonprofit organizations.
The New Era Colorado Foundation has spring, summer, and fallinternship programs in Denver and Boulder that train the next generation of young leaders through an intensive, hands-on leadership development program.
The program’s curriculum is a combination of classroom setting instruction and on-the-ground grassroots work that includes issue education, voter registration, volunteer recruitment, and get-out-the-vote strategies.
Their leadership program has three goals:
Make an immediate impact. Interns engage voters and advocate for policies that impact Colorado’s political landscape.
Develop leaders for the long term. New Era exposes interns to a network of organizations and relationships to give them a running start at careers in politics and the public interest.
Incubate creative and innovative ideas. An intern-led process of developing and choosing policy ideas leads to real change that impacts lives and our state.
Gain skills through a mix of both classroom setting and on the ground action
Obtain a thorough understanding of the mechanics of the legislative and political system
Learn how to use new media tools to get your voice heard and engage thousands of people
Utilize both online and offline forms of outreach for grassroots action
Organize lobby days at the Colorado Capitol
Build community organizing campaigns to impact top-level policies
Learn from guest speakers and seasoned politicos on how to lobby, run grassroots campaigns, and enact change on a state-level