Cohort – Specific Programming

Since public service represents a broad field of engagement at local, state, and national levels, programming should be intentional and speak to our constant, fluctuating, and critical needs of society. Programming will be focused on specific sectors and pursued as opportunities, funding, and sustainable strategies for growth are identified.

While students will engage and participate in The Institute in various ways, cohort-based programming models are a goal. This will involve recruitment and an application process, along with expectations for student as they enter the cohort experience. Our first cohort program will be the Public Service Leadership Academy: Government Affairs.

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Public Service Leadership Academy: Government Affairs

The Public Service Leadership Academy (PSLA) is the inaugural program for The Institute, and consists of a cohort-based group of students in a year-long program involving coursework; experiential learning opportunities; interaction with national and regional public servants; professional skills training; and a paid internship working with government leaders and officials in Washington D.C., the State of Colorado, and/or local and county governments. Public and community events, panels, symposia, and special guest lecturers will supplement the student’s coursework and internship pursuits.

Ideally, each year’s cohort of students will run from January to January to allow for foundational work at MSU Denver, a summer internship, and then returning to campus to complete the program and share their experiences with the campus community. As the program grows, the aim is to have representation at the local, state, and national levels. The advisory board established by the Director for “The Institute” will assist in these efforts and build pipelines of opportunity for our students.

Students will be required to participate in specific events of the program and, upon successful completion, will earn a micro-credential in Public Service Leadership from MSU Denver. They will also have an opportunity to build upon this work to complete requirements to earn a Certificate in Public Service Leadership from MSU Denver.

While it may be a goal to have every student in The Institute formally involved with a cohort in a focused program, individuals may participate in portions of the curriculum, programming, events, and The Institute at large without the need for participation in the cohorts tied to specific programs.

Institute for Public Service

Contact Us

For questions or more information


Shaun LaBarre, Director, Institute for Public Service


[email protected]

Campus Location:

Central Classroom 314

Mailing Address:

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Campus Box 37
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362