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Family Advocacy Support Internship - Office of Medical Examiner

About Our Job

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible because this posting may close without advanced notice. This position is a hybrid position and requires the selected candidate to live in Colorado and able to commute to the Denver Downtown area. 
Denver's Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) is dedicated to advancing Denver's environmental and public health goals. DDPHE works collaboratively with city, state and community partners to conduct education, community engagement, and enforcement to promote healthy people, healthy pets, and a sustainable environment. DDPHE oversees a number of services related to public health and the environment and is comprised of seven divisions: the Executive Director’s Office; Community Health; Public Health Inspections; Denver Animal Protection; the Office of Medical Examiner; Environmental Quality, and the Office of Sustainability. For more information on DDPHE’s programs and services, visit the DDPHE website at:

The Family Advocacy Support Team (FAST) is a groundbreaking program in the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner (OME) that provides support services to people who have experienced an unexplained, violent, or suspicious death of a loved one, including those who died by suicide or overdose. The program also supports those dealing with the death of a child. While tragic and equally impactful to families, these types of deaths don’t often garner the same support that crime or abuse victims and their families receive from victim advocates. This gap in assistance led to the creation of the FAST program, the first in Colorado. FAST is seeking several Family Advocacy Support to begin in Spring, Summer or Fall of 2023 and spend a year on the team. This position will remain open, with most interns beginning training in either June or January.

As part of the efforts to develop the program further, FAST is looking for several interns to support this program. FAST interns offer emotional support and practical assistance to those who have experienced an unexplained, violent, or suspicious death of a loved one. Interns also work with investigators, administrative staff, and medical examiners to collect and enter data into a case management system. 

As an intern you will have the opportunity to: 

  • Identify resources and make referrals to community agencies.
  • Assist in the design and implementation of a grief support program within OME.
  • Review cases and identify high/at-risk individuals who are candidates for support or outreach services.
  • Develop key performance indicators (KPIs) to evaluate success of programming.
  • Release decedent’s personal effects.
  • Reach out to loved ones on anniversary of deaths.
  • Develop and send out outreach letters.
  • Collaborate with other community agencies to develop materials for program.

About You

Our ideal candidate will have/be: 

  • Currently enrolled in curriculum working towards a degree in criminal justice, social work, gender studies, human development, family studies, human services, psychology, sociology, public health or similar field
  • At least 3 years of post-high school work experience (part or full time in any field)
  • Must be available to work 15 hours a week for one year
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to be resourceful
  • Interest in supporting and contributing to the community
  • Empathetic with the ability to handle difficult situations
  • Interest in working with diverse populations
  • Proven to take responsibility for assigned tasks and prioritize workload in a fast-paced environment
  • Tech skills: general knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, email, databases, etc.
This is a unpaid internship. 

We realize your time is valuable, so please do not apply if you do not meet the required minimum qualifications, as follows:

  • Education Requirement: Current enrollment in an accredited college program leading to a certificate, licensure, associates, bachelor’s, or higher degree in, or a recent graduate (completed specified program within 1 year of completion)
  • Experience Requirement: None
  • Education and Experience Equivalency: No substitution of experience for education is permitted
Other mandatory documentation required to be considered for this position:

  • Current college transcripts
  • Cover letter detailing why you are interested in this position

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Denver Department of Public Health & Environment The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.