Brendan’s Briefing: April 5, 2017

Please consider the announcements below and let me know if you have questions. And don’t forget to check the SPA Job Portal! Several jobs and internships have been posted this week.

Conferences and Networking, Professional Development

1. Conscious Cocktails
Thu., April 6, 5:30 – 7:30 PM | 1536 Wynkoop Street, Denver
This is a great setting to network with Denver’s sustainability professionals. This event is a collaboration between the City of Denver and Department of Environmental Health’s Cannabis Sustainability Work Group and is sponsored by the Organic Cannabis Association, Good Chemistry and Odell Brewing Co. More info online. I hope to see you there!

2. Human Trafficking Conference
Mon., April 24, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM | 1380 Lawrence Street, 2nd Floor Terrace Room, Denver
‘Understanding the Myriad of Challenges Inherent in Sustainable Restoration for Victims of Trafficking.’   Speakers include agents working in areas of federal law enforcement, mental health, and housing.  Lunch provided but you must register in advance

3. Networking for Public Service Careers
Thu., May 4, 5:00 PM | Location and details forthcoming.
This is a social event to get SPA students connected to public service agencies for employment, advice and networking.  It will be a diverse group of government, nonprofit, sustainability, and public safety agencies represented. Save the date!

Career and Program Workshops

1. Mandatory Capstone Seminar Orientation (PUAD/CRJU 5361) 
Thu., April 20, 4 PM – 4:45 PM
MPA Students:  Classroom 500, 1380 Lawrence Street, 5th Floor
MCJ Students:  Economics Conference Room, LW 450, 1380 Lawrence Street, 4th Floor
The orientation prepares you to identify a project and client and to develop a prospectus in preparation for the beginning of the course.  If you plan to enroll in the Spring 2018 capstone course, you are encouraged but not required to attend.  RSVP by April 18 and indicate if you are an MPA or MCJ student.

2. Individual Resume Review and Quick Tips
Mon.– Thu., 11:00 AM – 1 PM and 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Need another set of eyes on your resume? These quick tip session allow for just that. No appointment needed.  Offered through CU Denver’s Career Center

3. Professional headshot photo session coming!
Use them for your online profiles and or resumes.  Standby for official dates.  Inquire with MPA Student Association if you have any immediate questions.

Jobs, Internships, International Experience

1. Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)
They are hiring.  OEDIT works with statewide partners to create a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth for Colorado.  Program Analyst: $45,000 – $60,000. Deadline: April 30. Details online.

2. Emergency Management Students:  Chinook Group
They are hiring for a couple positions.  They are interested in hearing from our students. Let me know if you’re interested. If there are 4-5 of you, we’ll see about setting up a group meeting. The jobs and will be posted to the job portal by April 6.

3. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Paid Sustainability Intern
Primary Activities: 1) Research Hazardous Chemical Inventory programs and fee structures in other states and present a summary of programs. Conduct analysis of Colorado’s current fee and how revenues may change if fee was changed. 2) Research local government environmental technical assistance programs in Colorado. 3) Assist with Greening Government activities and reporting as needed. Approximate start date:  May 15 – June 1. Approximate end date:  July 31 – August 15. Hours: 24-40 hrs/week; some work may be completed remotely.  Please contact Lainey Trahan for additional details and to apply. Email your resume, cover letter and unofficial transcript to

4. Research Health in All Policies (HiAP) in Colorado
Paid Summer Internship. 20 hours per week. 15 weeks over the summer months, flexible start and end date. Compensation: $15 per hour. Details in the job portal.

5. Smart Commute Metro North
They are seeking a paid summer intern. They are a non-profit transportation management organization serving the 13 jurisdictions that comprise the North Area Transportation Alliance (NATA).  Their organization has grant funding available to allow us to offer an intern position for temporary part time employment starting May 1st.  This position will provide an opportunity for real world experience in the field of transportation, communication, marketing and public outreach.  Up to 400 hours. $12-15 an hour.  Please contact for details or view the position in the SPA job portal.

6. Colorado Department of Human Services. Paid Fellowship
State Human Services Applied Research Practicum (SHARP) Fellowship. It’s a competitive application process for these positions. Students will also receive a $10,000 stipend. This 9 month practicum offers students opportunity to: Learn about program evaluation and analysis methods in the context of Human Services programs; Gain practical experience applying research and evaluation techniques; Complete a research project with a formal written deliverable and presentation; Actively participate in learning seminars.

7. International Experience with Hope Shines
They are seeking applicants for a summer immersion program in Rwanda to support their mission to improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children through unique health and education programs.  Please let me know if you’re interested. SPA may qualify the experience for credit and or assist with travel funding.  Details online.

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