MSU Denver

Internship Program

MSU Denver’s Institute for Public Service hosts internship programs that help MSU Denver students build pathways to careers in all forms of public service, despite their major or degree path. These internships provide access to public servants and mentors while they build professional networks and expertise.

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MSU Presidential Internship Program Application is now LIVE!

In collaboration with MSU Denver President, Dr. Janine Davidson, the Institute for Public Service, and the Classroom to Career Hub we are pleased to offer MSU Denver students an opportunity to apply for selective spots in our Presidential Federal Internship Program. The internships offer a unique opportunity to work in multiple facets of public service in Washington, D.C.

Internship opportunities will be identified through MSU Denver supporters and partnerships, and students selected will learn more about these opportunities as they progress in the interview process. Participation in public service-based experiential learning will provide students with the skills necessary to succeed in many career pathways and offer the opportunity to support the governmental process and/or the important work of community organizations.

The summer program will ensure:

  1. Each student receives up to $6,000 in financial support during their 10-week internship, either through a combination of funds directly from the internship sponsor or MSU Denver
  2. Round-trip airfare
  3. A stipend for ground transportation (DC Metro Pass)
  4. Shared housing in Washington, D.C. for 10 weeks (double/triple occupancy rooms); including a stipend for living incidentals (bedding, towels, etc.)
  5. Academic credit for the internship (if applicable)

History 39AB Virtue and the American Republic

Students interested in participating in the MSU Denver Presidential Internship or any Public Service work should consider enrolling in the following class for Spring ’23.


History 39AB Virtue and the American Republic –

This interdisciplinary seminar offers students the unique opportunity to both study and apply concepts of civic virtue and the connection to community engagement and public service.  Empowered with knowledge from the literatures of history, philosophy, and political science, participants will develop proposals for valuable civic engagement projects to address community needs in the city and/or region.  Students will encounter distinguished speakers from Colorado’s political, nonprofit, and business communities.

This course is cross listed with Philosophy and Political Science.

Student Experience

MSU Denver carries a legacy of public service and public service-minded programming. Our students in every department, school, and college serve the public in visible and meaningful ways. The Institute is an all-encompassing structure that provides ALL MSU Denver students with:

1. Academic programming and courses focused on public service concepts, theories, and pathways.

2. Opportunities to engage with high-profile public servants participating in significant public events, guest instruction, and residencies.

3. Cohort-based programs across multiple sectors, focused on experiential learning through a paid internship component, that lead to a micro-credential or certificate.

4. A pathway from any discipline or major to meaningful opportunities in the public service sphere.

Internship Opportunities

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Intern Qualifications

  • Demonstrated interest and commitment to a public service career
  • Current MSU Denver Student
  • Eligible for Student Employment at MSU Denver
  • Ability to follow directions under general supervision and/or independently
  • A passion and commitment to helping others
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to work 15 consecutive weeks, 10-15 hours per week, during the internship

Please contact Alyssa Marks for more internship information.

Email: [email protected]

Previous Student Internships

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Contact Us

If you have questions or need more information please reach out to Dr. John Masserini, Dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Email: [email protected]