How do I find a place to volunteer?
Most often, students find work through reaching out to people working in their area of interest. Job postings on CDOnline, in the Government Honors and Internship Handbook, and on websites (e.g., Idealist or PSJD) are also rich sources of public service summer job opportunities. For help in searching for a place to volunteer, we encourage you to work with Alexia McCaskill or another member of the CDO and to talk with faculty and others who work in your chosen area of interest. Note that there are a few fellowship opportunities where the funding is available only for work done with a particular organization.
Is there a minimum or maximum number of hours of work?
For most fellowships, the student must work at least 300 hours during the course of the summer. Review the requirements of any fellowships you wish to pursue for any other requirements.
How much do fellowships pay?
Compensation varies, but most fellowships will pay the following for work during the summer of 2014 (variations noted in the summary descriptions):
- $3,000 for work outside of Colorado
- $2,500 for work in Colorado but more than 35 miles from Denver or Boulder
- $2,000 for work in Denver, Boulder, or within 35 miles of either
Compensation is higher for work outside of the Denver/Boulder metro areas because of the costs associated with relocating for the summer.
Can I get additional work to earn more money?
With many fellowships, students can get additional part-time work. If you wish to pursue additional work or if you have funding from another source, please note that in your fellowship application.
Can I get funding from more than one fellowship?
No student can receive more than one fellowship administered by the school, but applying for multiple sources of funding is encouraged. If you have or wish to pursue other funding or income, disclose that when you apply for your fellowship. If you receive additional funding after applying for or receiving a fellowship, inform the person to whom you applied for your fellowship.
If I am working outside the Denver/Boulder area, can I get both a fellowship and a Colorado Opportunities Scholarship?
Yes, we encourage students to apply to both programs. For more information about applying for a Colorado Opportunities Scholarship (students working outside the Denver/Boulder area for the summer are eligible to apply), search the jobs section of CDOnline.
Can I get academic credit for the work for which I receive a fellowship?
No, the work may not be for academic credit. However, if the student chooses to do additional hours of work for the same organization and if the work meets all requirements of the externship course, the student may receive academic credit for the hours in excess of those required for the fellowship. One consideration to keep in mind is that the student will be required to pay for any academic credit(s) sought.
Where can I get information about deadlines for specific fellowships?
We encourage you to review the relevant CDOnline postings carefully for the most current information, including application requirements.
Is there anything else I need to know?
Recipients receive fellowship funding through the law school's payroll system. Required payroll taxes will be deducted. Recipients must complete all necessary payroll paperwork in person before leaving Boulder for the summer. Fellowship recipients will receive approval notices that will include details on how to do navigate this process.
Whom should I contact if I have questions?
For questions about how to find opportunities, writing required personal statments, or pursuing a career in public service, contact Alexia McCaskill. For questions related to fellowship program specifics, contact Chris McKee, the Director of the Schaden Experiential Learning & Public Service Programs.