Brendan’s Briefing: Sept. 29, 2016

Drawing of Ron SwansonI have a several things to brief you on this week! Please consider the announcements below and let me know if you have questions.

1. Lunch & Learn with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
TODAY, Sept. 29  11:55 -12:30  SPA Classroom 500 (1380 Lawrence Street, 5th Floor).
We will have a representative from CDPHE to offer an overview of their office’s scope and responsibilities and opportunities to get involved for internships or capstone projects.

2. Paid Internship: RTD, Public Information
This position contributes to the North Metro public information team in developing and presenting public information, outreach and involvement efforts associated with implementation of the North Metro Rail Line. Deadline to apply is Fri., Sept. 30. Details online.

3. Mandatory Capstone Orientation Meetings
Thurs., Oct. 13  4 p.m.
Please see details that include room locations for MCJ, MPA, and links for online students.

4. Paid Internship! Town of Delta
The town is seeking a graduate student for paid internship/project regarding land use and economic development. The project would involve a couple of trips to Delta (funding provided) but otherwise could be completed remotely.

5. Info Session: Paid Full Time Fellowships
Weds., Oct. 26  5 p.m.  CU Building Rm #1100 (1250 14th Street – opposite side of Lawrence Street from SPA)
Education Pioneers is seeking candidates for paid fellowships and full time positions that have an emphasis on education policy, access, and innovation for improved learning outcomes and student success! Please email Brendan if you plan to attend.

6. Comp Tickets! Colorado Nonprofit Association Annual Conference
Oct. 20-21, 2016
Comp tickets are available are students will be offered the opportunity on a first come first serve basis. Please email Brendan if you would like to be considered for a ticket and let me know if you’re interested in attending one or both days (we can share passes if you’re only going to attend one day).

7. Gobbler Challenge (Food Drive for the CU Denver Food Pantry)
Help make a difference by donating a nonperishable donation. There is a box in front of our main office suite; please drop off what you can offer the next time you visit SPA!

8. Paid Internship: Outstanding Opportunity with Housing Colorado
Apply ASAP! This is a pressing social and economic issue that you can gain immediate experience working on! This is a Legislative and Research internship, PAID, part-time position from November through May.

9. Emergency Management – Paid Internship
This could translate later to a Capstone. The City of Blackhawk is seeking a graduate student to help with their emergency management and continuity planning. This will involve addressing resources, policy and creating writing reports that will serve as annexed sections to their existing base plan for their emergency response. Chief Don Taylor is an SPA alumnus and would like to work with one of our MCJ or MPA students. The work can be completed remotely for the most part and would require a couple trips to Blackhawk for meetings with stakeholders. Chief Taylor will come to campus to offer an informational meeting with candidates who would like to be considered for the opportunity. The internship will pay $12 – 15 / hour and offer exceptional experience for emergency and city management. Please email Brendan ASAP with your resume and he will coordinate a meeting date and time.

10. Reminder: Two Year Full-Time Paid Internship, Local Government
Apply by Oct 1. Interviews will be held on Fri., Oct. 21. School of Public Affairs works in partnership with the Department of Local Affairs to place graduate students in 2 year full time paid internships in city management. The program is supported by the state to serve rural localities and offers a very solid training ground for careers in local government. The positions pay high 30s and include full benefits. They usually require students to relocate and to complete the remainder of their graduate degree online. We have begun collecting resumes. Interviews are scheduled for Friday October 21 on the CU South Campus in Parker, CO. Most positions will begin by early January 2017. The Colorado localities participating this year are listed below. Let Brendan know if you would like to apply and he will send you the work plans and contact information for the localities you are interested in.

  1. Bayfield
  2. Georgetown
  3. Glenwood Springs
  4. Lochbuie
  5. Morgan County
  6. Pitkin County
  7. Walsenburg

11. Emergency Management FEMA Corps – Seeking Applicants
Deadline dates are Oct. 1 and Nov. 1. AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is seeking team leaders for 10-month commitments to lead teams to meet urgent community needs in disaster relief, the environment, energy conservation, infrastructure improvement, and urban and rural development. FEMA Corps Members serve on emergency management and disaster preparation, response, and recovery projects. Are you interested in traveling the country and earning money for school while helping communities in need? If so, this could be the perfect opportunity! For additional information, please visit

12. International Development – Support Rwanda and Hope Shines
SPA is proud to sponsor Rockies for Rwanda on Sat., Oct. 29, 3–6 p.m. at The Posner Center for International Development – 1031 33rd Street, Denver, CO 80205. Hope Shines is offering a world-renowned speaker: Carl Wilkens. Mr. Wilkens was the only American to stay in Rwanda during the genocide. He has traveled to over 20 counties speaking in schools and universities about his experience and has also been featured on PBS’s Frontline. Hope Shines, Inc. is a Denver-based nonprofit that provides education and health programs to orphans and other vulnerable youth in Rwanda. The first 5 to reply go for free! Details about the event can be found online.

13. Following Up On Career Networking Event
SPA recently hosted a public service career discussion with representatives from CDOT, National Civic League, Colorado Consumer Health, The Independence Institute, Denver Rescue Mission, and Jefferson County Human Services. We addressed 4 broad questions regarding careers in public service and despite the diversity of missions, there were many shared sentiments and advice. I’m sorry we missed you! We had an excellent conversation regarding critical skills and advice for developing careers in public service. You can view minutes from the meeting and I would highly encourage you to review them and to attend events like these in the future.

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