Applied Public
Policy Fellowship

In 2008, Spark created a fellowship program aimed at supporting a new generation of researchers who understand how to do high-quality applied research in complex settings.

Fellows are part of a team of public policy consultants who provide facilitation, mediation, policy development, and public policy research to projects that have an immediate impact on complex policy issues throughout the country.

The fellowship is a two-year position open to PhD students who can work in Denver, Colorado. The first year focuses on building advanced research skills as part of a team, including learning about participatory research and a range of data collection strategies and analysis methods. In the second year, fellows lead the research component of one or more projects, including designing and implementing research, conducting analysis, and reporting results to stakeholders. Fellows also have opportunities to co-author and author reports and articles for publication in academic journals.

Spark’s Applied Public Policy Fellowship is currently filled by Nicole Tuitt, a DrPh student in the Community and Behavioral Health program at Colorado School of Public Health. Past fellows include:

  • 2013 – 2015 Fellow: Ana DeLeon, PhD (ABD)
  • 2012 – 2014 Fellow: Leigh Alexander, PhD
  • 2011 – 2013 Fellow: Elizabeth Tomsich, MS, PhD
  • 2011 – 2013 Fellow: Keeley Stokes, PhD
  • 2010 – 2012 Fellow: JulieMarie A. Shepherd, MA, PhD
  • 2009 – 2011 Fellow: Quinn Lung, MPA
  • 2015 – 2016 Fellow: Joby Schaffer, MA
Graduate Evaluation Diversity Internship

Spark is excited to be a host site for the American Evaluation Association’s Graduate Evaluation Diversity Internship (GEDI). The GEDI provides paid internship opportunities during the academic year in support of traditionally underrepresented students in the evaluation field.  The goals of the GEDI are to:

  • Expand the pool of graduate students of color and from other under-represented groups who have extended their research capacities to evaluation.
  • Stimulate evaluation thinking concerning under-represented communities and culturally responsive evaluation.
  • Deepen the evaluation profession’s capacity to work in racially, ethnically and culturally diverse settings.

The application period for the 2016-17 GEDI is now closed. Please visit this page for more information and to see when the application period for the 2017-2018 GEDI opens.

Past GEDI’s at Spark include:

  • 2012 – 2013 Intern: Nnenia Campbell, MA, PhD (ABD)