Brendan’s Briefing: Nov. 10, 2017

Welcome to November.  There are opportunities piling up like the leaves in your back yard.  Much like those leaves, these opportunities won’t bag themselves up.  Make yourself a pile and dive in!

Networking and Professional Development

1. Pizza and Professors Discussion: Navigating Emergency and Environmental Management as a Public Affairs Professional
Tues., Nov. 14, 6-7:30 p.m. | 1380 Lawrence St., 12th Floor Office of Advancement Conference Room
With an eye toward current events, Dr. Deserai Crow and Dr. Tanya Heikkila will talk about what it’s like to navigate the waters of emergency and environmental management as a Public Affairs professional. MPASA faculty advisor Dr. Medina facilitates this engaging conversation. Get to know these SPA professors and hear firsthand stories of their specialties over pizza and casual panel discussion. RSVP on Facebook or email  Please note: limited space is available.

2. Mentorships in Local Government Through Coaching
Colorado City and County Management Association now has 6 Senior Advisors to coach and mentor you at every stage of your career. Advisors can be a sounding board as you consider your options for addressing challenges and opportunities. They can offer career advice and share lessons learned. At the very least, they understand and appreciate the profession, so are always willing to listen. More information on the CCCMA website.

3. MPA Student Association End of Semester Celebration
Wed., Dec. 13, 4-7 p.m. | Tivoli Brewery,  900 Auraria Pkwy.
Celebrate the end of the semester with your fellow peers! Light appetizers provided. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are all welcome! Join the event Facebook page for event updates and to RSVP.

4. Crime Victims Public Policy Updates
​​​Wed., Dec. 13, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
This webinar, presented by Sterling Harris, Chief Deputy Director for COVA, will provide an overview of legislative issues affecting crime victims that are on the horizon for the 2018 session, as well as tips on how to be an effective advocate in the legislative arena. Details and registration available online.


1. South Metro Chamber of Commerce Internship
The South Metro Chamber has an immediate opening for a paid intern to assist with bill tracking, stakeholder engagement, meeting coordination, and reporting.  $12-$15 an hour for 15-20 hours a week.  Flexible schedule.  Office and laptop will be provided.  Excellent opportunity to build qualifications and network with constituents for economic development. Please email your resume to Bob Golden CEO South Metro Chamber and cc: Brendan on the email.

2. Paid Legislative Aid Internship — Rhonda Fields, Colorado Senate District 29
$12.50/ hour for 30-40 hours/ week. The position runs from January thru May 2018. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the legislative process! The primary role of a legislative aide is to assist the State Senators during the session, but also ensure the Senator is well-organized and prepared for all their legislative obligations — from committee meetings to floor debates to public speaking events. Aides conduct research on proposed legislation, and provide analysis and insights to Senators. To apply for a position with the Senate Democrats please send a PDF of your resume, cover letter and writing sample to Rhonda Fields. Please indicate in the subject line “Senate Legislative Aide Position”.

3. Paid Intern for The Colorado Department of Local Affairs – Division of Local Governments
Interning at DOLA gives you an opportunity to learn about local government operations and strategic work.  Projects needing assistance in 2018 include: researching and comparing annual economic and community development data in the Colorado Main Street program communities; creating a database and contacting national or international foundations and social impact venture which could align with DOLA core work; and data mining energy impact grant program data to market value based investing in governments.  Anticipated hours per week: 10-40. Flexible schedule. Paid up to $2,000 per month depending on hours. Email your resume and expressed interest to Chantal Unfug  and cc: Brendan on the email.

4. Two State Policy Interns — Colorado Governor Candidate, Donna Lynne
One or two interns to work with the campaign Policy Director, Cody Belzley starting ASAP through early March. The State Policy Intern will help coordinate and hold meetings with issue area experts, conduct research and help draft Donna Lynne’s policy platform. This is an unpaid position, but it will be a substantive opportunity to learn, network, and gain references.  Email Policy Director, Cody Belzely, to express your interest, motivation, and include your resume. The position is also posted on the SPA Jobs Portal.

5. Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Internship
This position runs from January through June 2018 and will assist the Public Affairs department with the daily activities of coordinating our Colorado General assembly vote tracking project; planning and coordinating meetings and special events; and assisting with database and website updates. This position provides excellent experience in the public affairs field and the opportunity to work with one of the highest profile public affairs shops in Denver.  The position is unpaid but the last intern they hired was brought on full-time permanent! Email your resume and expressed interest to the Chamber. Details posted on the SPA Jobs Portal.

Capstone Opportunities

1. City of Lakewood.
How can Lakewood, Colorado, mobilize citizens to advocate for the benefits of arts, parks and recreation facilities and programs?  The City of Lakewood is looking for a student who wants to understand how to mobilize interested citizens. The student will recommend a program structure for a citizen advocacy network to help spread the word about arts, parks, recreation and public involvement opportunities in Lakewood’s Department of Community Resources. For more information, please email Allison Scheck, Public Engagement and Operations Manager, or call 303-987-7872.

2. Pitkin County
Pitkin County seeks a capstone student to evaluate current practice and developing legislative process that helps both staff and elected officials to be positioned to respond and engage in legislative matters that impact the County. Situated in the heart of the White River National Forest, Pitkin County has a population of 17,845 and covers 975 square miles, over 90% of which are public lands. Pitkin County (county seat is the town of Aspen) was established in 1881 and became a home rule county in 1978.  Email Kara Silbernagel (MPA alumna) or call 970-429-2815.

3. Denver Police, Planning, Research and Support Section
They are interested in speaking with MCJ students considering capstone projects for the spring 2018 semester.  Matt Lunn is a Management Analyst in the Planning, Research and Support Section.   He has worked with interns and graduate research projects in the past year. Please email Matthew M. Lunn, Management Analyst III — Planning, Research, and Support Section, Denver Police Department, if you would like to discuss opportunities.

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