The Spring 2022 Innovation Internship Program is coming to an end and we are proud of the achievements of this cohort! Business Innovation & Technology interns spent their spring semesters working with Jeffco employees across multiple departments to research emerging technologies, explore new uses for existing county technologies, develop prototypes, and create business cases.

About the Spring 2022 Cohort

We had four interns this spring from top universities, including the University of Colorado, University of Denver, and Colorado School of Mines. They have worked on technology projects in various areas of the organization, including transportation and engineering, cybersecurity, human resources, and finance.

Making an impact at Jeffco

Jefferson County Innovation and Digital Transformation Interns lead the improvement of technology and business processes within our local government.

  • Asher Bursnall of the Colorado School of Mines investigated how the county could improve cybersecurity practices and education. Asher partnered with the cybersecurity team and 1) conducted employee interviews to understand how current training could be improved, 2) disseminated and analyzed survey data on phishing behavior, and 3 ) identified specific areas of continued investigation to improve the program. Asher’s work has created behavioral insights that will be used to inform the continuous improvement of our cybersecurity training program.

  • Paul Gagliardi, University of Denver, assessed how the county could use smart technologies to reduce motorist congestion and improve safety at Jeffco intersections. Paul worked with the Transportation and Engineering Division to 1) research practical uses of smart technologies, 2) use prototype intersection data to alert the county to faulty pedestrian buttons, and 3) perform comprehensive analysis analytics tool providers that could be deployed to optimize traffic light schedules. Paul’s prototype demonstrated that existing data the county currently collects at intersections could be used to improve operations.

  • Rupangi Jain of the University of Colorado helped the Department of Strategy, Innovation and Finance’s efforts to publicly post progress on the county’s strategic plan. Rupangi 1) took the time to understand SIF’s needs, 2) explore technology solutions, and 3) prototype using the Microsoft Power BI analytics tool. Rupangi’s prototype laid the groundwork for how the county could communicate progress on the strategic plan.

  • Braedan Weart, University of Colorado, worked with the Human Resources Department to identify tools they could deploy to increase the quality and quantity of candidates for county vacancies. Braedan 1) conducted an analysis of the current state of county recruiting practices, 2) assessed recruiting tools on the market, and 3) used data to derive key recommendations on where the county should consider to publish job offers. Braedan’s recommendations will be provided to hiring managers and Human Resources will subscribe to an extensive government-specific recruiting tool to help reduce the time it takes to fill vacancies.

We thank our interns for their time at Jeffco this spring. We are proud of their growth and the impact they have had at Jeffco. We also appreciate our project sponsors, Jennifer Fairweather (HR), Yelena Onnen (T&E), Kelly Dunne (T&E), Zoe Jenkins (SIF) and Jill Fraser (BIT) for providing challenges to our interns. And finally, thank you Ericka Bremer and Marlin McDaniel for leading the spring program.

Future Internship Opportunities

Business Innovation & Technology offers innovation internships each fall, spring and summer and we are currently recruiting for Fall 2022! If you are interested or know someone who would like to be part of our future internship programs, please contact the innovation team.