Brendan’s Briefing: Mar. 21, 2018

Need some things to do over spring break?  Here are several opportunities to explore!

Capstones, Internships, Jobs

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Capstone
Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Denver’s mission is to connect and develop young nonprofit leaders to leverage our collective strengths. A student could engage with YNPN Denver in an assortment of projects, depending on the skills and interests they have! Get some ideas in the SPA job portal.

Warren Village Merit Incentives for Teachers or Capacity Building Capstone
Warren Village is a Denver nonprofit that exists so low-income, single-parent families can achieve sustainable personal and economic self-sufficiency. Potential projects include: Merit Based Teacher Pay and Warren Village Without Walls (an effort to serve those we are currently unable to assist due to limited capacity). Details in the SPA job portal.

Criminal Justice in City of Federal Heights Capstone
The Federal Heights Police Department serves a high crime community. They are seeking our graduate students to research ways to reduce crime through community policing, models of effective crime monitoring, and police retention. Excellent opportunities with a high level of support. Details can be found in the SPA job portal.

Eco-Cycle Capstone
Eco-Cycle’s mission is to identify, explore, and demonstrate the emerging frontiers of sustainable resource management through the concepts and practices of Zero Waste. Potential Project: Eco-Cycle is helping Denver reach its recycling and composting goals through switching its waste system to a Pay As You Throw (PAYT) system. PAYT means recycling and compost are free and trash is charged at a monthly fee. This project entails data gathering from neighborhood outreach and action meetings with city officials. Contact Jasmin Barco, Outreach Coordinator, at:

National Civic League Capstone for Public Affairs or Criminal Justice
The mission of the National Civic League is to advance civic engagement to create equitable, thriving communities. Potential projects include supporting the Civic Index and Promising Practices Database (identify models of effective civic engagement from communities around the country) and working in the JUSTus for Kids program (observe civil and criminal proceedings and be a presence in the courtroom to promote transparency and hold the justice system accountable). See more information in the SPA job portal.

Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District Capstone
The District provides fire suppression, prevention, education, technical rescue, and advanced life support emergency medical transport services within its boundaries. The District also provides these services outside its boundaries pursuant to numerous mutual aid agreements. The project consists of working alongside our Community Outreach Specialist to create a marketing plan for the Fire District. The plan will correlate to the fire department’s 5-year strategic plan, ISO and the accreditation process. To inquire please email Steven Iacino, Assistant Chief of Planning at

Colorado Department of Human Services Criminal Justice Services Capstone
The Criminal Justice Services is tasked with providing program oversight, technical assistance, agency licensing and programmatic monitoring of services for individuals involved in the criminal justice system. Students have the option to choose among many projects. Details are included in the SPA job portal.

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. The position pays $12 an hour with a max of 7 hours per week. Hours are flexible. If interested, please submit your resume, cover letter, and completed SGA application to The SGA application is available for download online.

Foundation Internship
The Tomberg Family Philanthropies, a small informal family foundation, is pleased to offer their eighth annual internship to Masters level students in Philanthropic Studies, Nonprofit Management and related fields. The internship will take place from April, 2018 – April, 2019, and the application deadline is April 6, 2018. The intern responsibilities include grants administration, proposal research, social media strategy, issuing recommendations on procedures, and engaging in special projects as needed. See the full job listing in the SPA job portal.

Campaign Volunteer for Colorado Legislature Candidate
Ms. Meghan Nutting is running to represent House District 5, the district where the Auraria campus is located, in the Colorado House of Representatives. Please reach out to Meghan Nutting ( / to inquire.

Two Positions with Colorado Center on Law and Policy: Development and Policy Research
The Development Director is a newly created position to develop and implement fundraising initiatives to support CCLP’s mission and vision. The position will build on a successful track-record by the Executive Director and other staff of raising funds to support a $1.3 million budget. The Research and Policy Analyst provides research support on poverty, family economic security and access to health care issues. This position involves using a variety of data sources for quantitative analyses to better understand the challenges facing low-income Coloradans. Visit CCLP’s website for detailed information.

Front Range Field Manager for Conservation Colorado
The Front Range Field Manager is responsible for designing and implementing plans to continue growing and leveraging Conservation Colorado’s membership across the Front Range to create conservation wins and put pro-conservation candidates into office. Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive. To apply, please send a cover letter explaining why (not a form cover letter!), plus a resume, to with “Front Range Field Manager” in the subject line. Indicate in your email where you heard about this position. Apply through April 6, 2018.


Capital Punishment: Intersections Between Justice, Mercy and the Law
Tuesday March 27, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 1380 Lawrence Street, 2nd floor Terrace Room, 80204.  Recently, many political officials have expressed concerns over the death penalty and public opinion has shifted away from capital punishment support. As research has revealed, there is a problem behind executions of innocent people and the arbitrary and discriminatory administration of capital punishment. This event will address the many issues related to capital punishment while assessing whether or not to continue institutionalizing this practice. Register online.

International Spring School on Public Policy
May 21-25, 2018.  Dr. Chris Weible is very excited to announce the first International Spring School on Public Policy. The Spring School is co-sponsored by the International Public Policy Association (IPPA) and SPA. Five public policy scholars will instruct the course for a week on a range of topics related to public policy. SPA 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. Register online.

Washington, D.C. 2018 Colorado Capital Conference
June 12-14, 2018. 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. For more information about the conference and to access the application, please go to: Contact Connie Johnson in the CU Office of Government Relations with questions, or 303-831-6192.

April 11th, Korean de Tocqueville Seminar
Watch for details later this month!

Student Support Services

Study Abroad
It is not too early to start thinking about study abroad in 2019. Start planning now for funding options, applicability of a particular course to your academic program and other considerations for a trip abroad. Please contact for information.

CU Denver Student and Community Counseling Center
The Center offers free or low cost services for our community. 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 them by phone 303-315-7270 or online.

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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