Graduate Student Employment Opportunities

Butler Institute staff bring diverse backgrounds, varied skills and deep expertise to address the complex issues facing the systems that serve children, youth and families. Whether they’re working in research assistantships, internships or work study positions, Graduate School of Social Work MSW and PhD students are a vital part of our team.

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MSW Internships

Available to first-year, second-year and advanced-standing students in the Graduate School of Social Work Denver Campus MSW Program, Butler Institute field internships can be tailored to meet your specific learning goals for macro/community practice within child welfare and related fields. Internships are 20 hours per week.

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  • Project Areas

     You’ll have the opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of project areas, including:

    • Child welfare workforce development
    • Research and program evaluation
    • Ongoing technical assistance to agencies
    • Program implementation and assessment with a variety of child- and family-serving entities and organizations
  • Skill Development

    You’ll develop a wide variety of social work skills, including:

    • Report writing
    • Information gathering
    • Social media coordination
    • Stakeholder engagement
    • Literature reviews
    • Database and survey development
    • Curriculum development
    • Focus group support
    • Coordination of research logistics
    • Instrument design and project evaluation
    • General project coordination
    • Knowledge of state, county and tribal child welfare programs
    • Organizational capacity building
    • Implementation science
    • Leadership development

 “I loved learning about the background work that goes into grants, such as how to extract data for grant evaluation. The team was super helpful when it came to navigating the data programs we use.”

Melanie Hane, MSW ’20
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Research Assistantships

Available to first- and second-year students in the Graduate School of Social Work doctoral program, graduate research assistantships are tailored to meet your specific learning goals. Research assistantships are 20 hours per week. Contact your academic advisor for more information about graduate research assistantships.

  • Research Opportunities

    Research opportunities may include:

    • Child welfare training
    • Professional development
    • Child abuse and neglect prevention program development
    • Research and program evaluation
    • Ongoing technical assistance to agencies
    • Program implementation and assessment with a variety of child- and family-serving agencies and organizations
    • Project-related tasks in the unique field of tribal child welfare
    • Project-related tasks assisting state child welfare agencies
  • Job Responsibilities

    Typical duties may include:

    • Literature reviews
    • Instrument design and testing
    • Research planning/conceptualization
    • Data collection (via interviews, focus groups or surveys)
    • Statistical analysis
    • Writing evaluation reports
    • Conference submissions
    • Coordination of research logistics
    • Project management
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Work Study Positions

A variety of work study positions are available for eligible MSW students. Our collaborative environment will allow you to cross-train in research-to-practice techniques while you get your degree.

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Child Welfare Stipend

Through the Butler Institute for Families, MSW students in the Child Welfare concentration can apply for a Child Welfare Stipend.

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