Focusing on the holistic model of sustainability, we are building a pipeline of employment for groups who have traditionally been left out of the sustainability movement. Our partners include community-based organizations, institutions of higher education, The Alliance Center’s network of 50 tenant organizations and the 180 businesses in the Best for Colorado community.


“Throughout my internship, I was pleasantly surprised by the great community The Alliance Center has cultivated. I received support, encouragement and feedback that allowed me to succeed and develop as a young professional. The work The Alliance Center leads is inspiring and has been massively influential to my future aspirations. At the Alliance, I realized the importance of building inclusive communities to advance growth and change in my community and learned how to do so.”

– Kavitya Sarma, Programs Intern 2020

“My summer internship at The Alliance Center has given me the opportunity to see so much more about the sustainability field than I am able to learn in a classroom. Presenting a proposal to the team was a new challenge for me and stimulated important conversations about diversity and inclusion. Being a part of the Emergence Series opened my eyes to how we can only effectively address our most pressing environmental and social justice needs through collaboration. Not only have I been able to expand my skill set, but I have also strengthened the skills I possessed coming into this position by further exploring the role of a mentor while working with high school interns.”

-Maria Reyes, Program Intern 2020

Types of Projects


Internships are designed to serve individuals who are interested in joining the sustainability field. Interns work within a defined area to develop their skills as they relate to a specific sustainability field. All internships are paid.


Fellowships are designed to serve individuals who are interested building their skills around a wide variety of sustainability topics. These paid three-month fellowships run throughout the summer. Each fellow works closely with one department within The Alliance Center. During the fellowship, they are also paired with either an Alliance tenant or a Best for Colorado business to gain deeper experience within a defined field.


Workshops are designed to serve high school students who are interested in learning about sustainability and exploring potential sustainability careers or majors. The Alliance Center plays a supporting role providing space, connecting students with industry leaders from our network.

Experiential Learning Projects

Experiential learning projects focus on a specific project designed by either the students or Alliance Center staff. These projects tackle a particular aspect of sustainability and focus on finding sustainable solutions to challenges faced by either communities or organizations.

Youth-Led Climate Activism

The Alliance Center acts as a supporting partner to the youth-led climate actions and strikes. We provide space for gathering when possible, act as thought partners when asked and work to help youth climate leaders institutionalize climate actions across the state.

2021 Interns

Grace Oh-Willeke

Communications Intern

Grace, originally from Denver, graduated from Colby College with a BA in environmental science. Following graduation, Grace WWOOF’ed on an organic farm in Southern California and organized during the 2020 election. Grace is committed to empowering her community to engage in pressing local issues. She is particularly interested in urban environmental issues and equitable access to voting. In her free time, Grace enjoys tending to her houseplants, baking, thrifting and playing Scrabble.

2020 Interns

Jennalee Casias

Girls Inc. Intern

Jennalee Casias was born and raised in Southwest Denver. She is committed to living a fulfilling lifestyle that benefits not only her but her community and country as well. She attends a small neighborhood art school where she participates and takes action in Student Voice and Leadership classes. In 2019 she was awarded the Colorado Youth Citizenship Award. After graduating high school, Jenalee is excited to continue her education at the university level. In her free time you can find her doing her favorite hobbies: drawing, long boarding and playing sports with her friends and family.

View a blog post she co-wrote for the Alliance here.

Esperanza Chairez Uriarte

Programs/Communications Intern

Esperanza‘s love for the natural environment and the people who take care of it first began in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where she was born and raised. She left her hometown to study environmental studies and Latin American studies at Amherst College in Massachusetts, where she became especially interested in environmental justice issues. After graduating, she worked abroad as a research assistant studying Peru’s tropical forest conservation program on the ground. She decided to move to Colorado to be closer to mountains and family, and where The Alliance Center’s holistic view of sustainability especially resonated with her. Outside of work you can find her participating in community theatre, playing capoeira or riding her bike.
You can hear Esperanza in Episode 5 of our Climate Bridges podcast and view a blog post she wrote here.

Devani Dominguez

Girls Inc. Intern

Devani Dominguez was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and is entering her junior year of high school this fall. She has been in the Girls Inc. program for six years now and is in her second year of interning in the Eureka program. Devani enjoys trying new things and meeting new people. Some of her hobbies include playing volleyball, skateboarding, drawing and painting.

View a blog post she co-wrote for the Alliance here.

Maria Reyes

Programs Intern

Maria was born and raised in Honduras where she learned to love the outdoors and developed a passion for environmental sustainability. Currently, she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Chicago. Besides her academic work, Maria participates in Peer Health Exchange as a health educator for low-income Chicago high schools. She likes to relax by drawing and painting, solving crosswords, baking or simply being out in nature.

You can view a blog post she wrote for The Alliance Center here.

Kavitya Sarma

Programs Intern

Kavitya grew up enjoying hikes, bike rides, and gardening in his native North Texas. His interest in sustainability and public policy began when he worked on growing his residential high school’s bike share program. Kavitya is a student at the University of Chicago studying Economics with a Specialization in Data Science. He is interested in applying economics to educate the complexity of issues faced by public policy in sustainability and health. When Kavitya is not digitally commuting, he likes to work on puzzles, ride his bike, and cook.

View a blog post she wrote for the Alliance here.

Kristin Mason

Programs Intern

Kristin is a graduate student with the University of Wisconsin working on an MS in Sustainable Management and a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Learning with Walden University. Kristin is passionate about sustainability and learned about the holistic subject while working on her undergraduate degree in business administration at Colorado Mountain College. In her free time, Kristin enjoys volunteering with local food banks and food producers, reading, cooking, and going on long walks with her little chihuahua mix, Sasquatch!

Rachel Vigil

Waste Analysis and Reduction Intern

Born and raised in North Denver, Rachel has always felt a deep connection to her neighborhood and community. She is currently pursuing a BA in Environmental and Urban Studies at the University of Chicago, a field of study she feels perfectly encompasses the areas of urban design and environmental justice she is passionate about. She was very excited for the opportunity to combine those passions as an Alliance Center in her hometown, Rachel loves biking, baking and watching bad movies with her friends, especially at the Esquire theater.

Rachel’s work at the Alliance focused on our organization’s waste reduction and included creating and disseminating a tenant survey, reviewing and developing our TRUE Credit Tracker and exploring and suggesting operational improvements.

Pilot Projects

Girls Inc.

The Girls Inc. Eureka! program is an intensive, five-year STEM based program that builds girls’ confidence and skills through hands-on opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In 2019, we hosted two students from Girls Inc. who helped build our climate equity toolkit.

The University of Chicago

The University of Chicago Conservation Corps provides internships and professional development opportunities for students who are committed to environmental resilience and rehabilitation. The Alliance Center welcomed one of these students summer 2019 to support our GIS work. 


The Latinx Undergraduate Leadership Advancement (LULA) program supports leadership development, community engagement and personal growth of Latinx undergraduate students. With mentoring from The Alliance Center staff the 2019-2020 cohort is currently working on their social impact project which will be featured this spring.

CU Denver

The Alliance Center has partnered with University of Colorado – Denver Business School through our Best for Colorado program. Students are trained to develop Impact Improvement Plans for companies based on the areas of improvement identified on their B Lab Impact Assessment and write compelling case histories on the businesses.


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The Sustainability Skills Initiative is a new, intentional venture for The Alliance Center. We partner with the Equity Project, the HR Shop and Skillful to develop our staff’s skills and tools as we progress on our diversity, equity, equality and inclusion journey. The Alliance Center recognizes that we are at the beginning of this journey, and we are intentionally building partnerships with community leaders in this space.