Opportunities

Opportunities

Opportunities

Opportunities for Current Students

Find Opportunities
  • There are lots of ways to connect with employers!
    • The UCCS Student Employment Assistance Network (SEAN) has on- and off-campus hourly or work study positions for enrolled students.
    • Visit Handshake and sign in with your UCCS email and password to connect with career openings in your field and discover internships, employers, sign up for events and more.  Alumni, please click the link and request access to Handshake.
    • See time-sensitive opportunities just for SPA students here.
    • Access a variety of external job boards of interest here.  
  • Study Abroad

    UCCS students have the opportunity of signing up for a faculty-led experience abroad.

  • Professional Development

    The School of Public Affairs is invested in your professional development.  This includes skill developments, networking opportunities, special events, and more.

  • Criminal Justice Engagement Series

    The BACJ program includes campus and community engagement as part of the program's student learning mission.  Our commitment to student development and success is demonstrated in the classroom and in authentic experiential learning contexts. 

  • Student Groups and Organizations

    Become involved on campus and with SPA by joining our student groups

  • Become involved on campus and SPA by engaging in mentorship opportunities;

  • Scholarships

    Undergraduate students:

    50th Anniversary School of Public Affairs Scholarship ($1000)

    The 50th Anniversary School of Public Affairs Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship that provides support to undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Public Affairs who demonstrate a high level of motivation and high potential for academic success.

    John Suthers Scholarship Fund (varies, typical awards range from $500 to $1,000)

    The John Suthers Scholarship was established to provide meritorious scholarships to junior and senior level undergraduate students majoring in Criminal Justice enrolled in the School of Public Affairs. Students must demonstrate financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than March 1st. The recipient must be a citizen of the United States. The minimum required cumulative GPA is 3.0.

    Officer Garrett Swasey Memorial Scholarship ($1000)

    The Officer Garrett Swasey Memorial Scholarship is offered to undergraduate students in their junior or senior year who have declared majors in the fields of music and/or criminal justice or to graduate students pursuing a Master of Criminal Justice degree. To qualify, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and demonstrate financial need by submitting the FAFSA by March 1. Three awards will be offered for the academic year.

    Graduate students:

    50th Anniversary School of Public Affairs Scholarship ($1000)

    The 50th Anniversary School of Public Affairs Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship that provides support to undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Public Affairs who demonstrate a high level of motivation and high potential for academic success.

    Excellence in Public Service Endowed Scholarship ($750)

    The Excellence in Public Service Scholarship recognizes both academic and public service excellence in a graduate student pursuing a degree in the fields of Public Affairs and Public Administration (as defined by the NASPAA Accrediting Body). To qualify, students must be enrolled full-time in any public administration program in the School of Public Affairs.

    Murphy Scholarship ($750)

    The Arthur B. Murphy Scholarship is offered to graduate students in the School of Public Affairs to encourage highly qualified students to consider careers in public service or public-related activities. To qualify, students must be enrolled in three hours of SPA coursework both fall and spring semesters. Eligible students must demonstrate financial need by submitting the FAFSA by March 1.

    School of Public Affairs Scholarship (awards range between $500 to $1,000)

    The School of Public Affairs Scholarship is offered to graduate students in the School of Public Affairs and is awarded based on academic merit and financial need. To qualify, students must be enrolled in three hours of SPA coursework both fall and spring semesters to be eligible for the award both terms. Eligible students must demonstrate financial need by submitting the FAFSA by March 1.

  • 2022 McConkie Leadership Conference

    The world has changed! Work and Life are blurred and blended yet distanced and virtual. We are all in search of new ways to stay courageous, engaged, connected and productive in a changed world. Learning how to lead and navigate in the midst of ongoing disruption and uncertainty is critical to the survival and success of your organization. Now is the time to double down on driving leadership and high performance.

    The Public Safety Initiative (PSI) - School of Public Affairs, at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, is pleased to welcome Dr. Jackie Freiberg to the 2022 McConkie Leadership Conference. The annual one-day conference brings together mid-level and senior managers from local government, industry, not-for-profit organizations, and anyone wanting to develop leadership skills.

    Dr. Freiberg is dedicated to helping leaders create BEST places where the BEST people can do their BEST work to make the world BETTER. Dr. Freiberg is recognized as one of the “Top 30 Best Minds on Leadership” and is one of the most sought-after female business speakers in the nation. For over 30 years, Dr. Freiberg has been helping people become more courageous leaders who accelerate performance and innovation, embrace uncertainty, and drive change.

    Where: Boot Barn Hall | 13071 Bass Pro Drive Colorado Springs, Colorado 80921

    When: Friday, May 6, 2022 from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm (Continental breakfast and lunch will be served)

    The registration fee for this event is $175. Please register by 5/1/2022.