Brendan’s Briefing: Jan. 15, 2018

Welcome to the spring 2018 semester! Please consider these opportunities for capstones, internships, events, and scholarships. The semester goes by fast. If you don’t stop and look around you could miss it!

Fellowships, Internships and Capstones

1. State Policy Fellowship in D.C. (summer)
State Policy Fellows tackle domestic policy challenges in areas like health care, taxes, anti-poverty policy, education and criminal justice. Working in independent, highly respected policy organizations located across the country, Fellows analyze the impact of state budget and tax policy choices on low-income residents and promote positive reforms. State Policy Fellows spend two years with an influential state-based policy organization or with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities beginning in the Summer of 2018. Fellows conduct research and write analyses on current policy issues; brief policymakers, journalists, and civic leaders; and engage with advocates and community groups. The application deadline is February 12, 2018. Details on their website.

2. Nonprofit Centers Network, Membership Intern
The Intern will assist with The State of the Shared Space Sector Survey.  Every three years, this industry-wide survey collects data and identifies trends and best practices for shared spaces. The student will get to help in recruiting survey participants, implement the survey and analyze the data (and the student’s name will be published on the final report). The Intern will assist in finding a new Association Management System. The Intern will also help vet and make recommendations for a replacement system that would meet the member’s needs in an efficient way.

3. Full-Time Permanent, Program and Resource Navigator Position
Hope Communities, Inc., provides service-enriched housing for low and moderate-income families in the metro Denver area. Public administration and criminal justice students are encouraged to apply. Details  in the SPA jobs portal.

4. Full-Time Permanent Finance Analyst, Colorado Department of Higher Education
SPA has several alumni with CDHE. Their Executive Director recently encouraged SPA graduate students to apply. The positions are open until filled and they are still taking applications. Please apply ASAP on the CDHE website if interested and please email Brendan to let him know you applied.

5. Contract Position, Research and Message Development Analyst
Hinge Intelligence is a full-service campaign intelligence shop. We are currently seeking a Research and Message Development Analyst to help develop and craft winning messages and content for clients, which include a national industry association, lobbyists at the state level across the country and a major political reform group. Application deadline is January 17, 2018.  Details in the SPA jobs portal.

6. Capstone with Denver Education Attainment Network
DEAN facilitates action teams around getting more low-income, minority and first-generation Denver students to and through college at the Auraria campus and Emily Griffith Technical College.  The project will center on how DEAN can use their data to measure and report their impact.  Please email Jennifer Superka, Partnership Director.

7. Capstone with City of Lakewood, Human Resources and Department of Justice
Review the Department of Justice’s requirements for the Americans with Disabilities Act that apply for municipalities. Work with critical staff within the City of Lakewood to develop an assessment to determine the City’s compliance. Email Cory Peterson, Manager of Org Develop and Risk.

8. Capstone with Rock Park, Inc.
Rock Park is a privately held emergency management firm based in D.C. Telecommute for the project is entirely possible.  They are seeking a capstone to research the emergence of Smart Cities, trends, potential benefits and challenges, applications in Emergency Management, etc.  Please email Sarah Tuneberg, MPA (SPA Alumna!), President | Rock Park, Inc.

9. Capstone with the City of Englewood Emergency Management
The student will assist in developing an incident command system, updating continuity of operations plans and emergency operations plan.  The student will have the ability to work directly in the City Manager’s Office and with Englewood Police Department to assist the development of a plan for our organization. The project involves conducting research and providing recommendations for the City’s continuity of operations and emergency operations plan. Email Mark Woulf, Assistant City Manager, Englewood, CO.


1. Teacher Preparation and Shortage Issues
January 23, 5-6:30 p.m. | Terrace Room, 1380 Lawrence St., Denver
In this forum, we welcome our panel to share their perspectives on both the shortage and the various strategies in the plan or those being implemented in other states in the country. Visit the event webpage for details and registration.

2. Dringle with The Dean
January 30, 5-7 p.m. | Rhine Haus Denver, 1415 Market St.
Come dringle (drink+mingle) with your MPASA friends. Get to know Dean Teske, the head of the school of Public Affairs. RSVP on Facebook.

3. Salary Negotiation Workshop
February 1, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1380 Lawrence St., Classroom 500, or via livestream.
Brown bag lunch workshop for SPA students.

4. Gentrification in Denver: Can We Achieve Balanced and Equitable Development?
February 2, 7:30-9 a.m. |  1380 Lawrence St., Terrace Room
Registration link forthcoming; email SPA events with questions.

5. Scholarship Workshop for SPA Students
February 12, 3 p.m. | Location TBD
Save the date and check your email! The workshop will walk you through all the scholarships you are eligible for and provide guidance and advice on the application process. Questions? Email Melanie McLaren, Scholarship Advisor.

6. Food Bank of the Rockies Volunteer Day
February 17, 8.45 a.m.-noon | 3900 Nome St., Denver
Join your fellow MPASA members in volunteering at one of the biggest food distributors in Colorado. Food Bank of the Rockies distributes almost 49 million meals annually! RSVP on Facebook.

7. Marijuana Legalization: Challenges and Best Practices
February 27, 5:30-7 p.m. | 1380 Lawrence St., Terrace Room
Registration link forthcoming; email SPA events with questions.

8. Capstone Orientation
March 9, 5-7 p.m. | 1380 Lawrence St., Terrace Room
Hear first-hand experiences from the alumni. Find potential capstone clients. Get a jump-start on planning your capstone. Online registration coming soon!

Student Support Services

1. CU Denver Student and Community Counseling Center
The Center offers free or low-cost services for our community. They are staffed by psychologists, professional psychotherapists and advanced graduate-level practicum students. The counseling center uses brief (6-12 sessions), goal directed and a flexible counseling model. Each individual, couple or family is assured respect and confidentiality. Contact: 303-315-7270 or on the Center’s website.

2. The Writing Center
The Center offers: one-on-one and small-group sessions, directed by trained Professional Writing Consultants, which are tailored to support students and build more accomplished writers. We assist writers of all levels and in all disciplines on any type of written work, including: academic essays of all types, proposals, reports and reviews, theses, dissertations and manuscripts, scholarship, graduate-study and career-application documents. Located in North Classroom Building Room 4014, or contact them by email.

3. Fall Scholarship for Public Administration Finance Professionals
The Government Financial Officers Association is offering scholarships for graduate students intending on pursuing careers in state or local government finance. There are 5 scholarships to consider that range from $5,000 – $15,000.  The deadline to apply is January 26, 2018. Winners are notified by March 23, 2018. Details on the GFOA website.

New Program Announcements

NEW Concentration Coming Soon!  Disasters, Hazards, and Emergency Management
The graduate concentration in Disasters, Hazards, and Emergency Management (DHEM) provides advanced education in the management of hazards, disasters, and emergencies.  The DHEM program is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to work or who are currently working in the field of natural and man-made hazards, community resilience, and emergency management. Want to learn more? Email Dr. Deserai Crow.

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