Brendan’s Briefing: Feb. 23, 2018

Hello, I hope you are all staying warm on these cold winter days. Consider these hot leads and take advantage of the great opportunities!

Fellowships, Internship, and Capstones

1. State Human Services Applied Research Practicum (SHARP) Fellowship
The SHARP Fellowship application is open! The fellowship offers a $10,000 stipend for the 9 month experience. This is a competitive program and excellent opportunity. Fellows will learn more 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, and actively participate in learning seminars. Deadline for applying is April 15, 2018 at 11:59pm. Electronic copy of application available HERE. Example curriculum HERE. Contact:

2. The Colorado Governors Fellowship Program
See more information here. The Colorado Governors Fellowship is an 8-month intensive bipartisan program, supported by all living Governors, with the goal to inspire the best leaders in the private and nonprofit sector to apply their skills to the public sector. Fellows will graduate with new knowledge, relationships and influence within the public sector, and an alumni network of highly influential civic leaders who can make tangible impacts on the future of our state as highly-engaged executives, future senior-level government leaders or Governor-appointed committee members. Questions: Please contact QF Program Director Eric Hopfenbeck at or 303.913.9626.

3. SPA Student Government Association Representative
The School of Public Affairs is seeking candidates to represent our programs and students through CU Denver’s Student Government Association. The position requires 4-7 hours a month and provides an excellent opportunity to gain experience in policy, advocacy, and to contribute to the well-being of the SPA and our programs. Please contact SGA Representative, Adan Ramos at

4. Management Analyst Summer Internship, City of Aspen
Under the direction of the Director of Quality, this person would perform a variety of research, data management, and program/project support tasks. This is related to the continued success of various organization-wide programs and initiatives. Specifically, this position relates to the Sustainability Report/Dashboards and Wildfire Mitigation Program but may extend to other areas. This paid opportunity will consider graduate students for full time and part time opportunities. If interested, contact Karen Harrington, Director of Quality:

5. Campaign Intern, Boulder County Commissioner
The Lisa Widdekind for Boulder County Commission Campaign is seeking an intern with organizing, management and communications skill sets to help with social media, outreach, fundraising, and volunteer organizing. If interested, contact

6. City of Denver, Office of Emergency Management Internship
Selected interns will be given an orientation and overview of the world of emergency management, our office, and our City. Interns will receive additional training on various applications, equipment, and processes as necessary depending on project assignment. Interns will be assigned to an OEM staff member(s) for mentoring based on their skill set and project interests. Interns will have the opportunity to work in many different project areas. Closing February 26, 2018: apply now!

7. Legislative Internship, Colorado Academy of Family Physicians
Approximately 10 hours per week through the legislative session ending in May. Starts as quickly as possible. $11.33/hour. Bill tracking, briefs, and constituent services. Please contact Ryan Biehle immediately if you are interested. Further, they anticipate hiring a communications and marketing intern this summer. Reach out in advance if you’re interested. Ryan Biehle, MPH, MPA. Deputy CEO for Policy & External Affairs, Colorado Academy of Family Physicians. Email:

8. Work for Impact
Impact is a great opportunity for people who want to organize to make a difference on the most important environmental and public interest issues happening in the country today. The spring application deadline is March 5, so apply now here.

9. Two Jobs Opportunities with Conservation Colorado
Field Organizer and Business Alliance Coordinator. Conservation Colorado is seeking a full-time Field Organizer to assist with our organizing on the Front Range focused primarily in Jefferson County. This person will actively seek out and cultivate relationships with members of the public and partner groups to achieve conservation wins in Colorado on primarily climate and energy issues, as well as public lands protections and water issues. To apply, please send a cover letter explaining why (not your standard cover letter!), plus a resume, to with “Front Range Field Organizer” in the subject line. We are also hiring for a very similar position, posted on our website, titled “Colorado Outdoor Business Alliance Organizer.” If you are interested in applying to both jobs, please state “BOTH COBA and Field Organizer” in your subject line. Please indicate in your email where you heard about this position. Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2018.

10. Housing Director – Town of Vail
The housing director will oversee Vail’s public housing projects, residential and affordable housing initiatives, and more, working within the Housing department budget. The town will accept applications and resumes until the position is filled. Please apply online at and submit your resume and cover letter expressing your interest in the position. Questions? Please contact Krista Miller ( or 970-479-3512) or Aryn Schlichting ( or 970-479-2118) in our Human Resource Department.

11. Policy Specialist
The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the State of Colorado’s Medicaid Agency, is looking for someone interested in policy and healthcare in the form of a Policy Specialist. This is a 9 month position that pays $17/hour. It has the possibility of transitioning to full time permanent. This is perfect for graduate students to consider as a point of entry to the field. This position is responsible for assisting with ongoing oversight and administration of the Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) system. EVV will require policy analysis, knowledge of Federal and State Legislative processes, cross-agency coordination, and external stakeholder outreach and collaboration. The position would be responsible for tracking and maintaining compliance with all regulatory and statutory policy and would ensure coordination and collaboration with systems, providers, and pay sources. Please go here to apply. Any questions can be directed to


1. February 27, 7:30-9 a.m. Marijuana Legalization: Challenges and Best Practices
1380 Lawrence Street, 2nd Floor. Terrace Room. Email:

2. March 9, 4:45 – 7 p.m. MPA Capstone Orientation… and Secrets Exposed!
1380 Lawrence St., 2nd Floor Terrace Room. Register Here (required) (Register by Monday, March 5.)

SPA and the MPA Student Association 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 basic requirements from capstone faculty advisors. Please note MPA students planning to register for the fall 2018 capstone course are required to attend, however, all students are encouraged to come. Students planning to enroll in PUAD 5361 Fall 2018 must view this orientation video below prior to event.

3. March 9-13, Volunteer Opportunity – ASPA Annual Conference
The American Society for Public Administration is seeking volunteers to help with their annual conference in Denver, at the Hyatt Regency/Convention Center. Help register attendees, check on panel rooms, set up plenary spaces and much more! If you are a student interested in attending ASPA for free, find more information here.

4. March 9, 5-7 p.m. Capstone Orientation
Hear first-hand experiences from the alumni. Find potential capstone clients. Get a jumpstart on planning your capstone. Online registration coming soon! 1380 Lawrence St, Lawrence Street Center, Terrace rom (Second floor)

5. May 21-May 25, International Spring School on Public Policy – Denver
The International Spring School on Public Policy Denver will bring together many of the recognized experts and original creators of these approaches and techniques in a rare opportunity for students to work with them. Students can take this for course credit during the Maymester or pay $550, which covers all activities including breakfasts, lunches, and two dinners for the week. You can read more about it here.

6. June 12-14, Washington, D.C. 2018 Colorado Capital Conference
The University of Colorado will co-host the 2018 Colorado Capital Conference with U.S. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet. This unique conference provides an opportunity for 100 Coloradans to hear directly from our nation’s decision makers and opinion leaders in an informal and personal setting. Applications must be submitted by March 21, 2018, to be considered. Details online here. If you have questions, please contact Connie Johnson in the CU Office of Government Relations, or 303-831-6192.

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 online.

2. The Writing Center
The Center offers: one-on-one and small-group sessions, directed by trained Professional Writing Consultants who 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. North Classroom Building Room 4014. Email:

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