Partner with us

CU Denver School of Public Affairs is committed to developing partnerships with local leaders and area businesses dedicated to supporting our mission of preparing the next generation of leaders in public service and criminal justice to solve society’s most pressing problems. Our partners help us keep a pulse on the vibrant and complex economy by hosting students for capstones and internships, hiring and training our alumni, sponsoring events and creating connections throughout the community.

Engage our students, help your organization

Capstone consulting

Does your organization need to evaluate a new program, survey innovations in your field, develop a new system or explore the feasibility of an untested idea?

The School of Public Affairs' capstone course pairs students in our Master of Public Administration and Master of Criminal Justice programs with government agencies and community organizations to solve real-world issues. Our students apply the skills they have learned in our programs, supervised by our faculty members, and organizations benefit from free professional consulting. Over the years, our students have helped hundreds of organizations find evidence-based solutions to a wide variety of challenges. 

Examples of past projects include:

  • Conducting needs assessments to inform program and policy development
  • Leading organizational strategic planning and process improvement initiatives
  • Evaluating program implementation and outcomes
  • Researching best practices and latest developments across the country
  • Developing survey instruments and methodologies
  • Providing recommendations on communications, advocacy, and fundraising strategies
  • Analyzing data trends and patterns
  • Designing community engagement initiatives

Student internships

Internships provide opportunities for School of Public Affairs students to gain valuable experience in a public or nonprofit service environment, and organizations benefit from free or low-cost assistance in their work. If you are interested in having our students work in your organization for a semester, consider becoming an internship sponsor.

Recruit our students and alumni

Students come to the School of Public Affairs because they are passionate about public service. There are many ways for employers to connect with our talented students and alumni. 

  • Post a job opening
  • Speak on a careers panel or other SPA event
  • Provide scholarship support for students interested in your field or organization
  • Serve as a capstone client or internship sponsor
  • Host a site visit for students to learn about your organization

Request a speaker for your organization or event

Want to learn more about the important issues of our day? Or how our government works? Or how to take action on the issues you care about? Our faculty and staff have expertise in topic areas ranging from environmental policy to criminal justice to the health of our democracy.

Work with our faculty

School of Public Affairs faculty members often conduct community-based research or serve as consultants on topics that require substantial content and methodology expertise. 

Teach a class for us

If you love teaching, have an advanced degree and have substantial professional experience in a relevant field, consider teaching for the School of Public Affairs. Apply to become a lecturer in Public Administration and in Criminal Justice.