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Emerging Technologies: Innovation and Digital Transformation Internship & Lead Innovation

Jefferson County, Colorado

Jefferson County, Colorado

Golden, CO, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 1, 2024
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Business Innovation & Technology Division

Management Level:

Individual Contributor

Scheduled Weekly Hours:


Benefit Eligibility:

This position is non-benefit eligible and must work no more than 130 hours per calendar month.


About the Innovation Team:

The Innovation and Digital Transformation Division (Innovation Team) is housed within Jefferson County’s Business Innovation and Technology Department. Our vision is to foster innovation to transform government services for the better.

We operate a series of projects and programs such as process improvement training, innovation programs and internships, technology evaluations, and project management of select service improvements.

About Our Innovation Internship Program:

We are hiring positions for our Innovation and Digital Transformation Internship & our Lead Innovation Internship ! During the application process, please let us know which internship opportunity you are interested in.

Jefferson County’s Innovation Team hosts a cohort of motivated interns each fall, spring, and summer semester. Our Innovation Interns research, evaluate, design, and implementnewtechnologies processes, and programs for use across the county.The interns work to develop businesscases andprototype solutions to transform government services. We strive to build a strong community, even within a hybrid environment, and provide opportunities for mentoring, networking, professional development, and getting to know your fellow interns.

Contact: Katie Gathright, Innovation Program Manager, kgathrig@jeffco.us

You must reside in Colorado during your internship assignment.

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Compensation will be determined based on position applying for, education, experience, and skills.

Innovation and Digital Transformation Intern: Semester Length Terms | Pay Pay Rate: $19-20/hour

10-15 hours/week in Fall/Spring | 25-30 hours/week in Summer | Responsible for leading in a single project/program area

Lead Innovation Intern: 6-9-month Term | Pay Rate: $22-25/hour

25-30 Hours/week | Responsible for leading multiple project and program areas

About The Project Areas:

Our Innovation Team is seeking interns to explore new ways of delivering services through the deployment of emerging technologies and new initiatives. These interns will research new technologies and initiatives, create business cases, and potentially prototype solutions that improve services at Jefferson County.

Each school year our interns tackle a unique challenge in one or several of the following categories listed below. We have provided some past project examples to give prospective candidates an idea of the types of projects we support.

Business Research And Analysis :

Emerging Technology: Research and Evaluate an emerging technology and it’s use cases and propose recommendations for how Jeffco might leverage that technology. Past projects in this area include:

  • Generative AI
  • Fleet Electrification
  • Intelligent Traffic Management Systems
  • Innovative Programs: Research and develop implementation proposals for new initiatives at Jeffco that transform our services. Past Projects in this area include:
  • Business Outreach Strategy for the Climate Action Plan
  • County-Wide Internship Models Proposal
  • Jeffco Innovation Lab

Project Management

Lead An Emerging Technology Project Or Initiative As It Goes From ‘idea’ To a Reality At Jeffco Through The Project Management Lifecycle. Past Projects Include:

  • Biometric Authentication for Employees
  • Unified Cellular Devices Rollout
  • Jeffco Tech Showcase

Technical Projects

  • Projects in this area vary widely, but typically require familiarity with software engineering/computer science. Past Projects include
  • Robotic Process Automation

Business Intelligence

Research, recommend and pilot solutions around data-driven decision-making at Jeffco. Past projects include:

  • Financial Transparency Solution Analysis and PowerBI Prototype
  • Innovation Team Recruitment Dashboard

Essential Duties:

Specifically, the Innovation Intern working on our challenges should expect to:

  • Conduct exploratory research on project area to learn about best practices, potential applications, and industry trends.
  • Prepare a complete business case outlining potential benefits and drawbacks, use-cases, implementation plans, and value proposition for project area.
  • Prototype solutions, which may entail low fidelity models and proposals, and for technical and BI projects, UX/UI design, some coding, etc.
  • Deliver three milestone presentations to leadership and project stakeholders covering project objectives, accomplishments, and next steps for Jeffco.

Essential Duties:

Specifically, the Lead Innovation Intern working on our challenges should expect to engage in the above activities as well as:

  • Lead multiple project/initiative areas, while managing time effectively
  • Coordinate larger, multi-stakeholder projects, and promote accountability across the project team-members
  • Support other innovation interns by providing feedback and suggestions for improvement on their project areas

About You:

We’re looking for an ambitious problem-solver to jump in and contribute to our Innovation team initiatives.

Generally, we’re looking for candidates with the following experiences, skills, and/or interests:

  • Currently enrolled and pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree, a recent graduate, or a career changer interested in pursuing opportunities in government innovation.
  • Interest in the intersection of technology and how companies/organizations deliver high quality services.
  • Interest in and experience preparing and delivering presentations.
  • Growth Mindset
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Adaptable as both a supportive team player and leader
  • Experience taking initiative and showing leadership on a project’s direction
  • Experience managing open-ended tasks or objectives

How To Apply:

Applications will be accepted electronically at Jefferson County Colorado Career Opportunities .

Applicants complete an online form and have the option to provide a resume and detailed cover letter that describes why you are the best candidate for the position. Applications are reviewed for minimum qualifications listed in the qualifications section of the job bulletin, and applicants are contacted directly by the hiring team regarding next steps. To view the status of your application or direct communication from the hiring team, please log into your candidate portal .

For more details on the recruitment process, please visit https://www.jeffco.us/1860/FAQs


  • County Recruitment Team: 303-271-8400 or careertalent@jeffco.us
  • Library Recruitment Team: 303.275.6168 or talent@jeffcolibrary.org
  • Sheriff Recruitment Team: 303.271.5332 or sheriff.recruiting@co.jefferson.co.us







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