Setting up your internship is your responsibility; the Department of Sociology does not arrange or facilitate placement. These organizations have contacted us and we are happy to pass the opportunities along to you. Please check this page often for new listings. Good luck!

For additional listings, try this resource: https://career.colostate.edu/resources/liberal-arts-job-board-guide/

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Larimer County Department of Human Services

The Larimer County Department of Human Services is seeking empathetic and self-motivated students for non-paid, temporary internship opportunities in our Aging and Adult Division and in our Children, Youth, and Families Division!

Students will have the opportunity to shadow caseworkers, assist with follow-up tasks and responsibilities, observe case staffing, and engage in supervised client interactions. Interns may have the opportunity to observe while caseworkers: assess the functioning of clients in the context of their chosen environments, identify strengths and needs, develop case plans, determine their capacity to make life choice decisions, coordinate the delivery of services from community agencies, document cases, prepare reports, and more.

For more information, go to the job posting at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colarimerco/jobs/newprint/4428370

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Community Literacy Center at Colorado State University

The Community Literacy Center is recruiting interns who will gain experience with:

  • Planning and facilitating weekly writing workshops at correctional facilities, recovery centers, and unhoused shelters
  • Hosting pop-up engagement events all over FoCo!
  • Year-long internship with 3 credits per semester.

For more information, go to the website at https://literacy.colostate.edu/get-involved/work-with-us/

Apply by May 5th!

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FBI Summer Honors Internship: Denver Division

Our programs are designed to give students and recent graduates at every post-secondary education level a professional experience like no other. You will be given challenging and rewarding assignments to enhance your résumé and grow your professional network.

Interns work on a variety of projects, including (but not limited to): analyzing crime data, development of portals to facilitate the exchange of information between law enforcement agencies and the FBI, supporting operations, and aiding with divisions audits to ensure compliance with FBI regulations.

Requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Attend a U.S.-accredited college or university full-time as an undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral student. You are not eligible if you will graduate before the program start date; exceptions are permitted if you are continuing your education in the semester immediately following.
  • Have and maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or better at the time of application, throughout the application process, and for the duration of the internship program.
  • Pass all of the FBI employment background investigation requirements and be able to receive a Top Secret Clearance.

Applications are being accepted starting Feb. 12 through Mar. 1. Please use this link for more information: https://fbijobs.gov/students-and-graduates

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SAVA

The Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA) Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides crisis intervention, advocacy and counseling for all those affected by sexual violence in Northern Colorado while also providing prevention programs through community outreach and education. We envision a culture change that results in the end of sexual violence.

Interviews for Summer and Fall internships are starting in early April. We offer three types of internships.

The first is Direct Service: Direct Service Interns will be provided with in-depth and ongoing training in the dynamics of victimization and will gain direct experience in supporting survivors and their loved ones. Assist with community outreach and fundraising projects/events; provide direct services to drop-in clients as needed; staff SAVA’s 24-hour Crisis Hotline while providing general, medical, and legal advocacy; co-facilitate workshops/groups, and assist direct service supervisor with additional projects. (Summer and Fall 2024 openings)

The second is a Super World Intern: Super World is an active outdoor program that empowers youth to develop necessary life skills for healthy bodies, relationships, and self-esteem. Super World is offered through community organizations at their summer day programs for 6–12-year-old youth. Interns would help support/facilitate lesson. This internship is great for students specifically interested in Sexual Violence prevention and working with children. (Summer 2024 openings)

The third internship position is SART Peers. The SART Peers intern will assist with ongoing development, implementation, and evaluation of sexual violence prevention programming for youth; help with Peer Educator training and ongoing classroom presentations; provide direct service and advocacy to students as needed; organize and facilitate additional programming opportunities, provide assistance with administrative tasks; maintain data on mentor feedback and program participation. (Fall 2024 openings: 1 in Poudre School District, Fort Collins and 1 in Thompson/Weld Districts in Loveland/Greeley)

If you are interested in applying to be an intern with SAVA, please contact Cathryn Bousquet at cathryn@savacenter.org.

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Victim Advocate Intern

Overview 

Responsible for assisting victims and their families by serving as a resource for immediate crisis intervention, referrals, and follow-up support. Works alongside Larimer County Sheriff’s deputies, investigators and other law enforcement agencies in Larimer and Weld County to meet the needs of victims in the field as well as in an office environment. This internship is one year long.

Responsibilities

The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job anytime.

  • Receives general supervision from the Victim Response Team
  • Provides advocacy, support and assistance to victims and witness(es)  of  victim right  crimes.
  • Provide awareness and education to victims of crime, which can include culturally sensitive services and financialcompensation.
  • Assesses immediate victim needs and provides referral and available services.
  • Acts as a liaison between victims and the criminal justice system.
  • Provides victims with information and support on bond hearings.
  • Ensures that victims are aware of their rights as provided by the Constitution of the State Colorado (C.R. 24-4 .1-302).
  • Exercises considerable independent judgment in giving out information and referring inquiries or information to the proper staff, agency, and others as
  • Assists with writing, administering and ensuring grant guidelines are
  • Compiles, summarizes, and maintains a variety of statistical report s.
  • Attends various monthly meetings. Attends Patrol briefings and area meetings as required or needed.
  • Part of a rotation of being on-call to provide 24-hour coverage, 365 days a year.
  • Exercises good organizational skills while demonstrating the ability to be detail-oriented in carrying out assigned t asks.
  • Work with the team to perform fund raising
  • Trains new advocates and maintains supplie
  • Provides training to outside agencies about the responsibilities of the Victim Response Team.
  • Networking with other agencies.
  • When a local declaration of emergency or disaster is declared by the Board of Commissioners, all Larimer County employees may be required to work as a Disaster Service Worker.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Perform duties independently without close supervision.
  • Exercise considerable tact and diplomacy in order to deal effectively with members of the public and other agency staff in a professional and helpful
  • Maintain sensitive and confidential information, beyond the normal scope of
  • Follow written and verbal
  • Communicate effectively verbally, in writing and via various forms of electronic media.
  • Organize material and present information clearly and concisely in verbal and written form.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with other County employees and
  • Routine software and business applications including, but not limited to word processing, spreadsheets and presentation
  • English language, proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling – current business writing techniques.
  • Accounting calculations including interest, percentage, decimals, and
  • Read and comprehend department, County, State and Law rules, regulations, policies and standard operating
  • Accomplish the assigned workload in a timely manner and meet established performance standards and
  • Type a minimum of 40 words per minute.

Victim Response Team Coordinator, Sue Johnston: johnstsu@co.larimer.co.us, (970) 498-5149

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Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRISS)

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523
iriss.colostate.edu

The Institute for Research in the Social Sciences is hiring hourly undergraduate research assistants. Our student assistants support a variety of projects that require social science research methods and analytics. Students should have some experience with social science research methods (e.g. interviews, focus groups, surveys) and/or analytics (e.g. thematic coding of qualitative responses, quantitative summary statistics, network analysis). Applications are available in Handshake, please see links below.

Undergraduate student link in Handshake: https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/4764961

IRISS will continue to hire on a rolling basis throughout the summer and school year. Please contact IRISS with questions: cla_iriss@colostate.edu

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Prison Agriculture Lab

Colorado State University
https://prisonagriculture.com

The Prison Agriculture Lab is a collaborative space for inquiry and action that links innovative research, science translation and storytelling, and public engagement committed to challenging inequities in the criminal punishment system. Research interns support a variety of projects that require social scientific and geospatial research methods and graphic design and art skill sets. Internship opportunities will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Expectations:
1. Commit to 150 hours over the course of the semester (~10 hours a week)
2. Attend regular meetings
3. Provide weekly updates on previous work completed and upcoming tasks
4. Complete agreed upon project by the end of the internship

Qualifications:
1. Experience with social scientific or geospatial research methods and/or graphic design and art skills
2. Working knowledge of the criminal punishment system
3. Ability to work independently and collaboratively
4. Strong organizational skills with high attention to detail

The Prison Agriculture Lab offers Fall or Spring semester internships. Please contact Dr. Joshua Sbicca with inquiries: j.sbicca@colostate.edu

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Public Defender Investigative Internship: Public Defender’s Office

Office of the State Public Defender’s Office
Fort Collins, CO

The Public Defender’s office in Fort Collins offers an investigative internship program for undergraduate students. This unpaid position requires a 150 hour per semester commitment and features accommodating hours and hybrid work environment. Investigative interns get hands-on experience in the legal field and support lawyers and investigators in a variety of ways. They interact with clients, spend time in jail, take notes on evidentiary media, participate in witness interviews, conduct field work, and will hone their writing skills on interview reports. We particularly appreciate candidates who are tech savvy and have strong people skills, but overall, we are seeking defense-minded students who are eager to support our clients and will treat them with respect and empathy.

To Apply:  Please contact Kyt Burton to start the application process or if you have any questions: kyt.burton@coloradodefenders.us

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City of Wheat Ridge Police Department

City Council Chambers at City Hall
7500 W. 29th Ave.

https://www.facebook.com/events/664242640749357/

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Deputy Probation Officer: 8th Judicial District Probation Department

Consider an internship as a Deputy Probation Officer with the 8th Judicial District Probation Department.  Our staff work hard to promote collaboration to foster probationer success and accountability.  We empower those affected by crime while supporting community well-being.

Our offices provide supervision for adult and juvenile clients placed on supervised probation and or Deferred sentences in Larimer and Jackson counties.  Our Department supervises the following programs: Pre-Sentence Investigations (PSIs), Alcohol Evaluations, Victim Assistance Coordination, Transfers Out of County and Out of State, Adult Regular Supervision, Juvenile Supervision, Adult and Juvenile Recovery Courts (Drug and DUI) and Specialized Supervision programs (LSIP/CCINT, Sex Offenders and Wellness/AIIM).  In addition to providing supervision our office provides in-house cognitive behavioral therapy groups such as MRT/Trauma MRT, Impact of Crime, Thinking for Change and a variety of life-skills programming.

Requirements:

  1. Students must attend an informational meeting and complete an application.
  2. Minimum age of 21 at the start of the placement
  3. Must not work over 40 hours a week if they are an employee (paid or unpaid) in any capacity of the State of Colorado, including state institutions of higher education
  4. Students must submit to and pass a criminal background check; individual interviews may be required prior to placement offer upon submission of application and background check
  5. Students must complete 3-day training provided by agency (details on training dates will be provided during informational meetings)

Duties:

The Deputy Probation Officers (DPO) Program allows interns and volunteers to work one-on-one with adult and juvenile offenders in a variety of probation services. These volunteer positions offer an excellent opportunity for citizens that are interested in exploring a career in the Criminal Justice System and/or those wanting to make a difference in their community.

DPO’s may supervise an adult or juvenile caseload of individuals who have been granted probation supervision to ensure court ordered compliance. Specific duties may include but are not limited to meet with adult defendants and juveniles, learn a variety of case management practices, staff cases, assist Probation Officers in writing Pre-Sentencing Investigations (PSI’s), alcohol evaluations, warrants, summons, terminations, extensions and special reports to the court.  Volunteers and interns receive assessment training, so they can complete Level of Service Inventories (LSI’s), case plans, and make referrals to treatment agencies.  Additional duties may include data entry, filing, case documentation, participation in unit meetings and trainings, and any other duties as assigned.  Probation Officers receive training relating to the application of Evidenced–Based Principles.  Deputy Probation Officers are expected to apply these principles when supervising clients, just as a Probation Officer would.

Requires Transportation: Personal transportation required

Type: Internship

Lifespan Focus: Adulthood, Adolescence

Concentrations: Prevention/ Intervention, Entrepreneur/ Leadership, General

NOW RECRUITING FOR SPRING 2024:

Informational meetings for spring internships are scheduled for the following Wednesdays:

  • 11/1/23 at 4:45pm
  • 11/15/23 at 4:45pm

These meetings will be held IN-PERSON at 1600 Prospect Park Way Suite 109 in Fort Collins.

Please RSVP directly to Jordyn Book AND Paula Gates. See contact information below.

Spring Internship Expectations:

Spring interns will be expected to contract with our Department from 1/8/24 to 5/3/24, for a minimum of 10 hours/week. Deputy Probation Officers will be sworn in by Chief Judge Susan Blanco at 8:30am on Monday, 1/8/24 in courtroom 3A.  A mandatory training is scheduled for Monday 1/8/24, Tuesday 1/9/24 and Wednesday 1/10/24 from 9am-4pm. This training is scheduled to be held at 1600 Prospect Park Way, Suite 109 in Fort Collins.

Contact Information:

Contact Name: Jordyn Book

Email: jordyn.book@judicial.state.co.us

Contact Name: Paula Gates

Email: paula.gates@judicial.state.co.us

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Deputy Probation Officer – 19th Judicial Probation Department

Weld County Probation oversees and provides supervision for adult and juvenile clients sentenced to Probation. Our department is comprised of Adult and Juvenile caseloads, Pre-Sentence Investigations (PSIs), Alcohol Evaluations, Victim Assistance Coordination, Transfers Out of County and Out of State, Treatment Courts and Specialized Supervision programs (LSIP/CCINT and Sex Offenders).

The Deputy Probation Officer program allows interns and volunteers to supervise an adult caseload to ensure court ordered compliance.   Specific duties may include but not limited to meeting with the client, case management, staffing cases, warrants, summons, extensions, terminations and collaboration with other professionals.

If you are interested in a hands on internship in order to explore your interest in the criminal justice system and/or becoming a probation officer, this is the internship for you.

Requirements:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Submit an application through the Colorado Judicial Website.
  3. Individual interviews will be conducted, if selected will submit to a criminal background check.
  4. If selected participate in a mandatory 2 day Intern Academy.
  5. Commit to 12 hours a week and semester long placement.

Contacts:

                Cori Buggeln, (970) 475-2873, cori.buggeln@judicial.state.co.us

                Nichole Tuttle, (970) 475-2818, nichole.tuttle@judicial.state.co.us

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CASA INTERN

JOB DESCRIPTION

Reports to: Program Director


Fall, spring or summer semester, 10-20 hours per week

PURPOSE:

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Interns provide case management support for dependency and neglect cases referred to CASA of Larimer County (CLC). Interns support Case Supervisors with documentation of court hearings and reports. Interns assist with building support and increasing capacity for CLC’s mission and programs. This position is a part of the CASA Program team and reports to the Program Director.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES: Case Management

  • Assists in entering and maintaining case files in Optima according to local and national program standards
  • Assists in editing and distributing court reports to all parties
  • Attends case related hearings
  • Effectively communicates with other agencies and professionals
  • Addresses concerns regarding child safety and policy compliance with urgency

Programmatic Support

    • Actively works to build and maintain positive relationships with community agencies and professionals and represents CASA of Larimer County in the community
    • Maintains confidentiality of case and volunteer information at all times
    • Participates as a team member to promote and raise awareness of CASA at fundraisers and other events
    • Assists with organizing and implementing volunteer training
    • Semester specific projects assigned as appropriate

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • University student currently working toward bachelor’s or master’s degree in related field
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to details and follow-through
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong computer and office skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as a team member
  • Availability for evening and weekend hours as needed
  • Contingent on passing required background checks
  • Valid drivers’ license and current insurance required

DESIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Strong commitment to the CASA of Larimer County mission, vision and values
  • Knowledgeable about child abuse, neglect, substance abuse, cultural diversity and the child welfare 
system
  • Projects a positive image of self and organization
  • Enjoys working with people from diverse backgrounds

TRAINING PROVIDED and INTERN BENEFITS

    • First-hand observation of how dependency and neglect cases move through the court system
    • Exposure to a variety of services and professional disciplines
    • CASA pre-service curriculum
    • Trauma, trauma-informed care and secondary traumatic stress
    • Resume enhancement

COMPENSATION: 
This is an unpaid internship.

Qualified candidates should send ONE pdf with cover letter and resume to CASA of Larimer 
County at jen@casalarimer.com. 


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Homeward Alliance – Re-Entry Program Internship

Homeward Alliance operates a continuum of programs and initiatives for families, adults and seniors, such as basic needs, housing-focused case management, behavioral health and employment services. We are not only an alliance of services, but also an alliance of volunteers, donors, agency partners and other community stakeholders. We envision a community in which homelessness is rare, short-lived and non-recurring. 

What is Re-Entry? 

Homeward Alliance’s Work and Gain Education and Employment Skills (WAGEES) Re-entry Program exists to serve individuals exiting the criminal justice system, by providing them with wrap-around support so that participants can reach a level of sustainable self-sufficiency in their community. The program focuses on helping participants work on their mindset, employment/education goals and securing stable housing.

What our interns do

  • Make community connections o Specifically work with other local non-profits, community-based agencies, and criminal justice system 
  • Experience working with marginalized communities (People experiencing homelessness, justice- involved, mental and substance use) 
  • Experience with accessing community resources 
  • Work with case managers to connect clients to employment, housing and education 

If interested please email us with your name, contact information and why you are interested in interning with us! 

Kayla King, Re-Entry Program Manager: kayla@homewardalliance.org 

Jessie Warren, Re-Entry Case Manager: jessie@homewardalliance.org 

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Boulder County Probation Department

About this Job

As a Deputy Probation Officer (DPO) volunteering in the 20th Judicial District Probation Department, you will begin by completing orientation and trainings in order to gain a skill set which allows for you be able to successfully work with probation officers and probation clients. These trainings include, but would not be limited to human resources/essential functions, motivational interviewing, criminogenic risk/need, assessments, probation and court records, criminal history, restorative justice, specialized populations and victim rights.

The function of the DPO Intake Unit is to meet with individuals in Boulder County who are sentenced to probation, conduct an interview and elicit information from the client in order to complete intake interviews which allow for Probation to appropriately pair the probationer with a probation officer. Volunteer DPO’s learn how to review police reports and criminal history, accurately assess client risk and need, conduct a client interview using motivational interviewing, navigate specific computer systems/programs, write and prepare court official documents and can observe court hearings. After a minimum of 3 months, and demonstrating proficiency within the unit, volunteers have the opportunity to work with individual probation officers for ongoing case management of probationers in an area of their choosing. Some options are: domestic violence, sex offender, mental health, treatment court, female specific programming, and juveniles. This position is hands on, both with other employees and clientele. We are a welcoming, open-minded, and innovative community.

About Boulder County Probation Department – Intake Unit

As a Deputy Probation Officer (DPO) volunteering in the 20th Judicial District Probation Department, you will begin by completing orientation and trainings in order to gain a skill set which allows for you be able to successfully work with probation officers and probation clients. These trainings include, but would not be limited to human resources/essential functions, motivational interviewing, criminogenic risk/need, assessments, probation and court records, criminal history, restorative justice, specialized populations and victim rights. The function of the DPO Intake Unit is to meet with individuals in Boulder County who are sentenced to probation, conduct an interview and elicit information from the client in order to complete intake interviews which allow for Probation to appropriately pair the probationer with a probation officer. Volunteer DPO’s learn how to review police reports and criminal history, accurately assess client risk and need, conduct a client interview using motivational interviewing, navigate specific computer systems/programs, write and prepare court official documents and can observe court hearings. After a minimum of 3 months, and demonstrating proficiency within the unit, volunteers can have the opportunity work with individual probation officers for ongoing case management of probationers in an area of their choosing. Some options are: Domestic violence, sex offender, mental health, treatment court, female specific programing, and juveniles. This position is hands on, both with other employees and clientele. We are a welcoming, open-minded, and innovative community. Requirements: A six-month minimum commitment is required, with a minimum of 8 hours a week, preferably split into 4-hour shifts throughout the week, with your ability to choose your hours between the Monday through Friday, 8 to 5 schedule.

Please Contact:

Katrina Kedzior
Volunteer Coordinator
720.664.1726- office
303.895.7807- cell
katrina.kedzior@judicial.state.co.us

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The Empowerment Program

Position: Intake Coordinator
Location: The Empowerment Program-1600 York St. Denver, CO 80206

The mission of the Empowerment Program is to provide education, employment assistance, health, housing referrals, and support services for women who are in disadvantaged positions due to incarceration, poverty, homelessness, HIV/AIDS infection, and/or involvement in the criminal justice system. Our goal is to decrease rates of recidivism by providing case management, support services, basic skills education, housing and resource coordination that can offer alternatives to habits and choices that may lead to criminal behaviors.

Position requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Meet with new participants to conduct in-person or over-the-phone intakes so the participant may begin utilizing services
  • Recommend appropriate courses and activities for new participants
  • Attend weekly staff meetings
  • Collaborate with case managers to best serve new participants
  • Edit and provide feedback on intake materials
  • Assist staff in retaining participant engagement
  • Assist staff with occasional social media postings
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, ever changing environment
  • Regular availability during the week (M-F preferred)
  • Knowledge of basic computer programs (outlook, excel, word)
  • Understanding of trauma-informed approaches to care (preferred)

If interested, please email your resume and cover letter to Alyssa Montgomery (alyssa-montgomery@EmpowermentProgram.org).

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Denver Police Officer Internship

Working with a task or field supervisor, interns will have the opportunity to learn and gain a better understanding of the Law Enforcement Field by participating and getting hands on experience assisting in these various areas: Training Scenario Role Playing, Property and Evidence, Community Relations Events, Data Analytics, Victim relations and more.  Interns will be able to work with Community Resource officers, data analysts, and detectives.

About You

Required Qualifications:

  • Interns must be receiving school credit and must have a 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Genuine interest in working with the community to foster positive relationships and experiences with the Police Department

Interns will be directly supervised by their assignment supervisor and the VIPS Program Coordinator.

If interested, please contact Laura Stickney at: Laura.Stickney@denvergov.org

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Denver Police Department Paralegal Internship

Civil Liabilities (CL) paralegals are responsible for identifying and producing relevant records in contemplation of litigation or pursuant to claims and lawsuits against the Denver Police Department and the City and County of Denver. Paralegal staff is responsible for analyzing requests for criminal justice records, identifying responsive documents, accessing various internal and external databases to fulfill those requests, and tracking case progress. Personnel work closely with the City Attorney and District Attorney offices, and appear in court with documents pursuant to subpoenas duces tecum.  The student intern will work closely with the CL paralegal staff, with duties that go beyond merely clerical, to include production of criminal justice records as well as attending court hearings with a CL paralegal.

About You

We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in a Paralegal certification program
  • Must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Completion of Introduction to Law, and Civil Litigation or Criminal Law.

Interns will be directly supervised by their assignment supervisor and the VIPS Program Coordinator.

If interested, please contact Laura Stickney at: Laura.Stickney@denvergov.org

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If you would like to list your internship on this page,
please contact Shawna Bendeck, Sociology’s Internship Coordinator, at shawna.bendeck@colostate.edu.