Brendan’s Briefing: Sept. 8, 2017

Better busy than bored, I always say, and there’s plenty to do this month!  Consider these opportunities:

Professional Development, Networking and Case Competitions

1. What Colorado Can Learn From the E.U.
Tuesday, September 12 | 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. | Student Commons Bldg., Boettcher Foundation Room
How are local- and state-level governments within the European Union (EU) working to achieve the energy and climate goals established by the United Nations?  Come find out!  Hear from the diverse panel with EU representatives.  RSVP to Mark Safty.

2. Collaboration Launchpad:  Sparking your Network’s Connections
Saturday, September 18 | Noon | Online
Free webinar by the Center on Network Science. The first step to forming a network is getting the right people in the room. The second step is to get them talking to one another. Learn from Katie Edwards, Executive Director of the Nonprofit Centers Network, as she shares tools for getting your network members to share deeply, discover common goals, and map your way to collective solutions. Find more information and register on the Partner website.

3. PARTNER Tool Workshop. Evaluating Cross Sector Community Networks
October 18-19 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Donnell-Kay Foundation, 730 17th Street, Suite 950
As more organizations and communities collaborate, knowing how to measure, evaluate, and use data from community networks can be a challenging endeavor. The Center on Network Science is hosting a two-day workshop on using the PARTNER tool, a social network analysis tool for evaluating cross-sector inter-organizational and community networks. Find more information and register on the Partner website.  Register by September 22.

4.  International Development.  Rockies 4 Rwanda!
Saturday, October 28 | 3-6 p.m.
This is a fun event hosted by Hope Shines, a fantastic community partner that frequently has opportunities for students to research or intern aboard as well as in their Denver office. Register on Eventbrite and use “student” as the code for $10 off per ticket. This is a GREAT chance for students to get exposed to our international work and have fun in a laid-back environment.

5.  American Solar Energy Society Annual Conference
October 9-12
The American Solar Energy Society is hosting their annual conference in Denver October 9-12.  They are seeking graduate students to volunteer and attend the event. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn, network and potentially build your resume.

6.  Up to Us Campus Competition
Through this annual competition, select teams from colleges and universities nation-wide receive training and funds to run tailored campus campaigns to educate their peers and inspire collective action! Prizes include $10,000 and paid trips to world-class conferences, among others.  It’s worth exploring. Check it out!

7.  Rocky Mountain Regional Public Health Case Competition
Attention MPA, MCJ and PhD students!  Are you interested in issues at the intersection of public affairs and public health, like the opioid crisis, marijuana legalization, and healthy aging?  You are invited to participate in the Colorado School of Public Health’s annual Rocky Mountain Regional Public Health Case Competition, where you will join graduate students from disciplines like public health, medicine, nursing, urban planning, law and business to develop solutions to a challenging public health issue!  Scholarships are available for winning teams! The case competition is scheduled for the weekend of November 10 and 11, and applications are due by October 6.   Email Dr. Jane Hansberry for more information, or visit the competition website.

8.  CIA Information Session
Monday, September 18 | 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. | Tivoli Student Union, Room 320
Hosted by CU Denver Career Center. The CIA will be coming to campus to meet you! Come to an information session to learn about career opportunities in the CIA.

Jobs and Internships

1.  Donor Relations Manager: The River Network in Boulder reached out and asked us to promote their position to our students. The preferred application deadline is September 14.

2.  Part-Time Budget and Finance Intern, Office of Financial Management and Budget. Deadline to apply is September 30.

3.  Best and Brightest Local Government: Full-time Paid Internships. The program requires a 2-year commitment.  You need to be enrolled in your degree program at the point of application and minimally for one semester while in service.  Online course options and the capstone allow SPA graduate students to participate. Interviews will occur on campus or by video conference in late October–early November.  Cities will make offers shortly after the interview process.  Positions are anticipated to start in January 2018. Participating localities include: Pitkin County, Fort Morgan, Fairplay, Cortez, and Alamosa County. Email Brendan if you’re interested.

4.  Part Time Graduate Assistant:  The Center on Domestic Violence at the School of Public Affairs is seeking a graduate student to assist with their programs and center administration.  If you are interested in work in with the Center on Domestic Violence, please email your resume to Nastassja Garcia, CDV Project and Administrative Coordinator.

Lunch and Learns

1.  Cottonwood Institute and Lake Bluff Nature Center
Monday, October 2 | 11:45 a.m-12: 30 p.m. |1380 Lawrence Street, Classroom 500 or online
The Cottonwood Institute and Lake Bluff Nature Center will be offering an overview on the environmental literacy and conservation programs. They’ll talk about current issues, ongoing objectives, and opportunities for students to get involved. RSVPs are appreciated.

2.  Bell Policy Center
Tuesday, October 3 | 11:45 a.m-12: 30 p.m. |1380 Lawrence Street, Classroom 500 or online
The Bell Policy Center will offer an overview of their office and mission. Then we will hear about specific opportunities. They would like to work with graduate students on capstone projects. They are interested in developing an economic snapshot of middle class families in Colorado and explore, what, if any, relationship exists between public sector expenditures and their economic standing.  RSVPs are appreciated.

3.  Institute for Environmental Solutions
Thursday, October 5 | 11:45 a.m-12: 30 p.m. |1380 Lawrence Street, Classroom 500 or online
Institute for Environmental Solutions is an independent non-profit organization that engages stakeholders to deliver technically sound solutions to complex environmental and health problems – without unwanted side effects. They have a few research projects and would like graduate students to consider them for capstones. RSVPs are appreciated.

MPA Student Association Announcements and Events

1. Find or Sell Used Textbooks through MPA Student Association Book Exchange
Looking to find or sell/loan your textbooks? View or add available books on the MPASA Book Exchange shared Google document and contact your peers by phone or email. Don’t forget to update the list once a book has exchanged ownership and/or is no longer available!

2. Fourth Annual MPASA Welcome BBQ
Sun., Sept. 10 | Noon-3 p.m. | Wash Park, 701 S Franklin St, Denver (Picnic Area #4 near the Gazebo at Kentucky & Franklin)
The annual MPA Student Association Welcome BBQ is a great opportunity to connect with new and returning students and SPA faculty/staff for an afternoon of food and fun at one of Denver’s lovely parks. All MPA students, faculty, staff, alumni, and loved ones are invited. Please bring your favorite potluck-style dish, side, dessert, or drink to share! MPASA will be providing burgers, veggie burgers, and hot dogs, and condiments. Visit our Facebook page to let us know you’re interested.

3. Save the Date: Capstone Event!
Fri., Oct. 20 | 5-7 p.m. | 1380 Lawrence Street, 2nd Floor Terrace Room
SPA and MPASA are co-hosting an informative and interactive event to jumpstart your capstone planning. Students will have the opportunity to meet with potential capstone clients, hear firsthand experiences from alumni, and learn the ins and outs from capstone faculty advisors. More details will be coming soon!



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