Brendan’s Briefing: Jan. 31, 2018

We are a month into 2018. What do you hope to check off your list this year?  If your list included making a meaningful impact or growing in your profession, consider these opportunities!

Jobs and Internships

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. Two Positions: Policy Strategist and Advocacy Coordinator, Mental Health Colorado
Mental Health Colorado is the state’s leading advocate for the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. The Policy Strategist will identify, develop, and promote effective local and state strategies for the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. The Advocacy Coordinator will recruit, train, and mobilize our statewide network of advocates.  These are a full-time position eligible for benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. Applicants should email a cover letter and resume by Friday, Feb. 2; please use the subject line “Policy Strategist” or “Advocacy Coordinator.”

3. Manager of Member Engagement at Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry
They are looking for a confident, energetic, self-motivated membership specialist to engage our members and put them at the heart of everything they do — to help every member engage in ways meaningful to them. Interviews are currently underway, so move quickly if you want to take advantage of this opportunity! David Tabor recently reached out to encourage applicants from SPA to apply this week.  To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to David Tabor, Senior Vice President, Business Partnerships.

4. Paid Internship: COACT Colorado, Child, Adolescent, and Family Services
COACT Colorado is looking for 3-4 youth and family interviewer interns to join the Colorado System of Care Team. This is a paid internship ($15-20/hr) with the expected commitment to work 1-2 years for 8-20 hours/week. See full listing and apply online. Questions or PDF versions of cover letter and CV may also be submitted to Detre Godinez.

5. Internship with Impact
Interns educate and engage students and citizens on the most critical issues of our time. Interns work on campaigns like stopping global warming, getting big money out of politics, and protecting our rivers, lakes and streams. See full listing and apply on their website.

6. Fellowship, Donnell-Kay Foundation
As part of its mission, DK has established a paid fellowship program dedicated to improving public education in Colorado. The Fellow will be an emerging leader who actively contributes to the mission of providing solid research, creative dialogue, and critical thinking in the education arena. This fellowship is available for 8-12 months. Start dates are flexible. Fellows will be paid $3,000 per month, with full benefits. To apply, please email a completed DK Fellowship application to Carmelita Galicia-Munoz. For questions, call Carmelita at 720-932-1544. Applications are due by Monday, February 5, 2018.


1. 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.

2. Gentrification in Denver: Can We Achieve Balanced and Equitable Development?
February 2, 7:30-9 a.m. |  1380 Lawrence St., Terrace Room
NOTE: This event is at capacity and we are no longer accepting registrations.

3. 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.

4. International Business and U Student Conference
February 15, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Tivoli Student Union, Room 320
The “International Business & U” student conference is a great opportunity for students who are interested in international business, studying abroad and working abroad. It’s also a great conference for internationally focused educators to interact with colleagues and learn about current international trends. The event expo will feature schools with international degree options, study abroad programs, and companies with specific international opportunities. See the event flyer for more info.

5. 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. Spring 2018 CU Denver Job and Internship Fair
February 20, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.  | CU Denver Career Center, Tivoli Student Union
The Career Center will bring a diverse group of employers to campus as they seek to hire for full-time, part-time and internship positions.  Employers will include represent the private and public service sectors.

8. LGBTQ Lobby Day
February 26, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | State Capitol
Join LGBTQ Coloradans, their families, and allies at the state capitol for our annual LGBTQ Lobby Day! Join One Colorado promptly at 8:30 at Central Presbyterian Church. Sign up online.

9. 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.

10. Government Career Day
March 6, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | CU Denver Career Center, Tivoli Student Union
This is a dedicated event created for government agencies to share information about their organization’s culture, benefits, and career opportunities. As a tri-institutional event, you will have the opportunity to meet with students from all three schools on the Auraria campus.

11. 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!

12. ASPA Annual Conference Volunteer Opportunity
March 9-13 | Hyatt Regency/Convention Center
The American Society for Public Administration is seeking volunteers to help with their annual conference in Denver. Help register attendees, check on panel rooms, set up plenary spaces, etc. If you are a student interested in attending ASPA for free, register to volunteer online.

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.

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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