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Become an Undergraduate Internship Site

Thank you for your interest in hosting Naropa undergraduate students at your site. Naropa welcomes new partnerships with organizations in Colorado and nationwide. 

Naropa University is a small, private, nonprofit university with a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs that infuse academic study with mindfulness and contemplative practices. Learn more about Naropa’s Bachelor of Arts undergraduate programs

Undergraduate Internship Requirements

The internship is a minimum of 60 hours on-site over the course of one semester. Students must have regular oversight from an on-site supervisor to support their learning. Students will be enrolled in an internship course at Naropa University which includes faculty supervision. The course will also provide professional training to complement the internship experience.   

Internship Overview

The Undergraduate Internship offers students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the practical means of applying their knowledge learned throughout their education to organizations that meet their interests and career goals. Students can also begin to build their professional network and create and deepen connections within their community. 

Students secure internships with organizations that require a range of skills such as developing professional helping relationships, grassroots organizing, coalition building, policy research, grant-writing, media development, and fundraising, and more. Students may pursue internships that build on prior experience or pursue a new direction.  

Internship placements range from community-based opportunities to restorative justice initiatives to educational organizations working on issues of social justice, peace, human rights, mental health, and environmental sustainability. The internship culminates in presentations to the community in which students bring back new knowledge and skills to the Naropa community. 

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This is where experiential learning meets academic rigor. Where you challenge your intellect and uncover your potential. Where you discover the work you’re moved to do—then use it to transform our world.

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

As a reminder, notifications will be sent by e-mail and the LiveSafe app.  

Regardless of Naropa University’s decision, if you ever believe the weather conditions are unsafe, please contact your supervisor and professors.  Naropa University trusts you to make thoughtful and wise decisions based on the conditions and situation in which you find yourself in.