Summer Internships | Vail Valley Foundation

Summer Internships

The Vail Valley Foundation Internship is a unique opportunity for students to experience an introduction to the nonprofit sector and an opportunity to develop professional interests and skills. Summer in Vail is an exceptional time to experience the programs and events offered by the VVF, and interns will be provided the unique opportunity of a firsthand look at how our various events and programs are executed. Interns serve an important role by providing administrative and programmatic support across the arts, athletics, and education. Interns will receive assignments based on the VVF’s needs and the interns’ interests, but will have the opportunity to interact with all VVF departments to gain a greater understanding of the mission and vision.

If selected for a summer internship, you will have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of different projects throughout the busy Vail Valley Foundation summer programming! Interns must have a flexible schedule and, generally, need to be available from June through August. Our interns earn $12.00 per hour, and in addition to learning their specific department and position responsibilities, will gain experience through a variety of other professional development opportunities throughout the summer.

The requirements listed below are representative of the characteristics, knowledge, skill and/or ability required on an intern. Assignments and expectations vary by specific position.

  • Applicants must be available to begin the internship by June 4th, and stay through mid-August
  • Interested in creating a meaningful connection with the Vail Valley
  • Demonstrate an interest in public and/or community service
  • Excellent oral, written and communication skills
  • Proven organization, time-management, administrative and computer skills
  • Team approach and willingness to assist others when called upon
  • Willingness to work in outdoor conditions with variable weather
  • May work across a variety of locations in Eagle County, from Vail to Gypsum, and must have reliable transportation (car, bus pass, bike, etc.). The main VVF office is located in Avon
  • Work evenings and weekends as necessary (specific schedule will vary by position)

While each intern will fulfill an individual role and will have a distinct learning experience, all have the opportunity to develop personally and professionally through workshops and trainings. Examples of workshop topics may include:

  • Resume & cover letter writing
  • Choosing a career path
  • Personality types & the workplace
  • Social media & networking
  • Interview skills
  • Creating a personal budget
  • Time Management
  • Stress Management
  • Communication
  • Community based research methods/approaches
  • Incorporating public engagement into your undergraduate experience
  • Interns will receive a competitive hourly wage ($12 per hour) OR school credit, if applicable
  • Benefits include:
    • Tickets to shows at the Vilar Performing Arts Center
    • Tickets to the Vail Dance Festival and Bravo! at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
    • Professional Development workshops
    • Networking opportunities
    • Full access to VVF summer events
    • Letter of recommendation at the completion of your internship

Marketing Intern

  • Schedule Requirements:
    • Must be available 6/1/19 – 8/30/19
    • Expected schedule is Monday through Friday 9am – 5pm, however event week schedules will vary and may require additional hours
  • Candidate Experience & Profile:
    • An interest in marketing
    • Strong social media understanding
    • Personable and out-going
    • Strong writing skills in English
  • Position Description:
    • Support the VVF marketing team throughout the busy summer season
    • Increase outreach and grassroots efforts
    • Help with social media efforts, content creation, website editing, Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator tasks, and street team efforts

Research & Program Intern (YouthPower365)

  • Schedule Requirements:
    • Ideal start date mid-May through early September 2019 (flexible)
    • Expected schedule is Monday through Friday 9am – 5pm
  • Candidate Experience & Profile:
    • Spanish fluency preferred
    • Willingness to listen and keep an open mind
    • Willingness and ability to learn basic research methods
    • Completed or current enrollment in a 2-year or 4-year undergraduate degree program
    • High school diploma required
    • Previous research experience preferred
  • Position Description:
    • Assist the YouthPower365 research team by researching answers to questions of interest to the organization. Areas of research may include parent and family engagement in after-school, and youth engagement.
    • Develop a list of research projects and complete research on 3-4 projects throughout the summer, including one health related project.
    • Assist with small scale information gathering projects as assigned.
    • Support program evaluation activities related to programs such as PwrHrs Summer Camp.

Production & Marketing Theater Intern (Vilar Performing Arts Center)

  • Schedule Requirements:
    • Ideally available from the end of June through the end of August.
    • 10-20 hours per week depending on the show schedule and project requirements.
    • MUST be available July 24 31
  • Candidate Experience & Profile:
    • Self-starter with experience and the desire to work in a fast-paced environment.
    • Problem-solver and creative thinker with strong communication skills and an out-going personality.
    • Attention to detail, especially in proofreading marketing collateral and PR materials.
    • Strong organizational skills.
    • Knowledge of social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
    • Punctuality and reliability.
  • Position Description:
    • Responsible for supporting the marketing and production efforts of the Vilar Performing Arts Center during the summer season programming.
    • This position will be varied and require the intern to “wear many hats.”
    • Distribution of poster and marketing collateral to local businesses.
    • Research event website listing and add VPAC information.
    • Set up social media, TV, and radio interviews.
    • Proofreading and editing.
    • Copy writing for feature stories on upcoming events.
    • Assist the production team with any preparatory and maintenance work for shows.

  • Please submit the following items:
    • Resume
    • One letter of recommendation
    • Cover Letter:
      • Describe you interest in the Internship, career aspirations, and specific position interest, if known
      • Address any current connections with the Vail Valley, why you are interested in spending your summer in Vail, and if there are any limitations (financial, housing, etc.) that could potentially inhibit your ability to accept an internship with the Vail Valley Foundation
  • These items should be submitted Stefanie Price at, no later than May 1st
  • Finalists will engage in an in-person or telephone interview

Please send a cover letter, resume and references.


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