Becca Strelitz Internship Program

“I absolutely adore the organization and everyone who works for it. Thanks again for giving a crazy kid a chance. You opened so many doors for me and helped me accomplish so many things that I’ll never forget.” – Becca Strelitz

becca strelitzThe conservation community lost one of its most dynamic members when Becca Strelitz passed away in June 2015.  Becca was an intern with Conservation Colorado in 2011 and over time became one of our best and brightest community organizers. Her unmitigated passion for the cause gave her a powerful ability to connect with others and motivate them to act. We are honored to continue her legacy through our internship program.

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Protecting our environment means preserving what we love about Colorado. For over 50 years, we’ve worked to protect our environment and quality of life across the state, with an increasing focus on communities of color and low-income communities who have borne the brunt of environmental injustice for too long. We strive to elect pro-conservation leaders and hold them accountable to protect our environment and people.

Our work to advocate for the environment reflects the organization’s commitment to racial, social, and environmental justice. As a paid intern, you’ll join a team committed to preserving Colorado. In your role, you may be asked to bring community members to speak with decision-makers, use data to engage our members, share updates on social media, lobby, organize events, fundraise, and more to help us win on our campaigns. We welcome diversity and can adjust position requirements to match the needs of applicants when necessary.

Current Openings

Event Planning Intern

Conservation Colorado is seeking a part-time Events & Auction Intern to play a major role in our key fundraising events. With an event portfolio that includes a large gala, beer festival, and multiple smaller donor events, this is an ideal opportunity to gain event and fundraising experience in the nonprofit field.


Position: Event Planning Intern

Location: Denver

Deadline for submission: June 14, 2019

Term of Position: June – August

Work Schedule: June – August: 15 to 20 hours/week

Compensation: $11.10 per hour


About Conservation Colorado

Conservation Colorado works to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation-minded policy makers. We work closely with policy leaders, citizen activists, businesses and other allies, and have built a reputation as one of the leading conservation advocacy organizations in the region.

Conservation Colorado’s work to protect and advocate for the environment reflects the organization’s commitment to racial, social, and environmental justice. Engaging communities of color, among other key constituencies, for the environment is an organizational priority. Within the organization, we aim to create a workplace culture and policies and practices that demonstrate how we value equity and inclusion.


Primary Responsibilities

Save the Ales volunteer and event coordination

  • Management of volunteers, including task assignments and training
  • Working with event planning committee volunteers to reach out to breweries, design event, and run event
  • Supporting the Fundraising & Events Manager with sponsor outreach
  • Solicitation of items from local businesses and individuals for the raffle/silent auction
  • Management of venue setup, brewery relations, and volunteers at the event
  • Set up, tear down, organization, and disbursement of items from raffle/silent auction
  • Post-event donor follow-up and data entry


  • Day-of event support including set-up, check-in management, and tear-down for additional major donor and fundraising events
  • Opportunity to plan and execute an event with help and management as required from the Fundraising & Events Manager


Minimum Qualifications

The ideal candidate for this position has a strong interest in protecting Colorado’s environment and quality of life, is outgoing and enthusiastic about working with people, and has a true desire to learn more about development, fundraising, and event planning. Students with majors in the areas of event and hospitality management as well as development, fundraising, or communications are encouraged to apply. Specific background requirements include:

  • Strong analytical skills for data management
  • Demonstrable skills in persuasive writing
  • Attention to detail and highly organized
  • Superior communication skills, both on the phone and in person
  • Ability to multi-task and manage short- and long-term deadlines
  • Familiarity with auctions and/or event planning is a plus
  • Working knowledge of Google Apps, Microsoft Office, and design programs and are a plus


Compensation and Benefits

The Event Planning Intern will earn $11.10 per hour.

Additionally, letters of recommendation may also be provided upon request (and course credit when applicable). Intern will also gain direct experience working with seasoned and knowledgeable political and environmental professionals at one of Colorado’s leading conservation organizations. In addition, Conservation Colorado is located in one of Denver’s premier multi-tenant nonprofit centers, The Alliance Center, so opportunities for shared learning and dialogue between nonprofits abound. The intern will have the opportunity to network at political and environmental events throughout the course of the internship. Opportunities for full-time employment at Conservation Colorado do occasionally occur and interns are eligible to apply.


Special Job Requirements and Physical Demands

Flexible work hours; some evening and weekend hours may occur. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions of this assignment. Intern regularly walks, bends, stoops, climbs stairs, and lifts up to 35 pounds. We welcome diversity and can adjust position requirements to match the needs of applicants when necessary. Offices and buildings are totally smoke-free. Conservation Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

We are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive organization and conservation movement to fully represent and engage all Coloradans and to build as powerful a movement as we can. Recruiting staff and volunteers that better reflect Colorado is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, ethnicities, geographies, political affiliations, and all other identities represented in Colorado or protected by law.


How to Apply

Please fill out this short questionnaire and  send a cover letter and resume to Grace Randazzo, Fundraising & Events Manager, with the subject line “Event Planning Intern” to by June 14.