Through the Southwest Innovation Corridor (SWIC) initiative, students from regional universities and regional residents attending Universities outside the area are invited to participate in the Innovation Internship Program. Open to all areas of study, students will work with new entrepreneurial growth firms and supporting organizations to introduce them to high growth companies and the innovation and entrepreneurial eco-system in Western Colorado. SWIC interns will regularly assemble to work collaboratively on projects and share knowledge and experiences.

Internships are part time paid positions and average $12/hour.  Most positions involve a combination of remote and on-site work to accommodate intern and company diverse geographic locations throughout western Colorado.  Go to the specific applications for more information on each internship!  For questions contact thea@tellurideva.com. Apply!!



Summer internship opportunities are being added, stay tuned!

If you are interested in partnering with SWIC to hire an intern for the summer, please submit your information using the contact us button at the bottom of the page and someone will be in touch with you.

Marketing and Business Support Internship – summer 2018 in western Colorado

This is a joint internship between the town of Rico and the West End (towns of Nucla, Naturita and Norwood), and the Southwest Innovation Corridor, an initiative of the Telluride Foundation. The intern will split 40 hours per week of work between Rico and the West End.

In Rico, the Marketing and Business Support Intern will assist in developing a cohesive image of the community in collaboration with its partnering non-profit and business organizations by updating website content and social media platforms, as well as marketing events. The intern will run a joint marketing campaign throughout the summer. This campaign will include creating and maintaining the community calendar, supporting and planning events, and pushing information through social media, thereby bringing greater awareness of the assets of this beautiful place.

In the West End, the Marketing and Business Support Intern will provide technical assistance to local businesses and support the goals of the Southwest Innovation Corridor. The intern will assist the Chambers of Commerce,Trails committees, Region 10, SWIC and the West End Economic Development Council (WEEDC) in marketing the region, events and business training workshops happening throughout the summer.

For full job description and details https://bit.ly/2IOsk3i


Please submit a cover letter expressing your interest in the position, a writing sample, and resume addressed to Thea Chase and Kari Distefano at Thea@tellurideva.com and townmanager@ricocolorado.gov with a copy to Marisa Marshalka at vista@telluridefoundation.org before May 2nd at 5:00 PM.



Follow the instructions below to apply for a SWIC Internship position. Please use the contact form at the bottom of the page if you have any questions regarding the application process.


  1. What can I expect after submitting an application?
    • If we believe you are a strong candidate for the position you applied for, you will be contacted to set up an interview for the position (in person, via a web based tool, or over the phone).
    • Otherwise, we will notify you that you will not be moving forward in the application process.
  2. How is the SWIC internship program different than a traditional internship?
    • In addition to the real world experience you will gain in your field of study, the SWIC Internship program is designed to provide additional training and opportunities in the realm of innovation and entrepreneurship.
    • You will meet periodically throughout the internship with fellow SWIC interns to engage in collaborative learning, workshops with local experts in the region, and high level networking events.



The SWIC Internship program provides the opportunity for matching grants. This funding aims to increase the financial accessibility of interns for startup companies and communities that may not have the budget to fully fund an intern but would greatly benefit from working with one. Funding is not guaranteed for every company or community, and those that demonstrate the highest need and strongest potential will be considered first.

In addition to the funding available to companies through SWIC, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has a unique Innovative Industries grant program for companies in the following eight industries.

  1. Advanced manufacturing
  2. Aerospace
  3. Bioscience
  4. Construction
  5. Electronics
  6. Energy & Natural resources
  7. Engineering
  8. Information Technology