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Innovation at Jeffco - Innovations in Action

Posted on: September 14, 2022

Innovation Interns Research and Pilot New Solutions for Jeffco (Summer 2022)

The 2022 Summer Innovation Internship Program has ended, and we are proud of the achievements of this cohort! The interns at Business Innovation & Technology (BIT) spent their summer semester working with Jeffco employees across several departments to research emerging technologies, explore new uses of existingSummer 2022 Interns county technologies, develop prototypes, and create business cases.

About the 2022 Summer Cohort

We had six interns this spring from University of Colorado and University of Denver. They worked on technology projects across various parts of the organization including Human Services, Finance, Human Resources, Safety and Compliance, and BIT.

Making an Impact at Jeffco

Jefferson County Innovation and Digital Transformation interns lead technology and business process improvements within our local government.

  • Sejal Krell, University of Denver, investigated how Jeffco might secure funding from the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act for transformational projects. Sejal partnered with Jeffco’s Federal Grants team and several departments as they researched and submitted applications for over $350 million in grants related to transportation, broadband, and other infrastructure projects.
  • Braedan Weart, University of Colorado Denver, built “Cyber Solve”, an internal cybersecurity awareness training, that will be launched in October to all 3,500 Jefferson County Employees. Braedan partnered with the Cybersecurity team and incorporated elements of gamification into cybersecurity programs to increase employee engagement.
  • Mohit Kumar, University of Colorado Boulder, successfully implemented a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution with Human Services and BIT. Mohit led the project planning and execution efforts where hundreds of county devices were migrated from AirWatch to Intune. Mohit completed the project with time to spare by facilitating process improvements that reduced implementation time by 40%.
  • Cara Lachenmayer, University of Denver, evaluated how Jeffco could use Power BI to transparently display financial information to the public. Cara worked with the Strategy, Planning and Analysis team to prototype a public dashboard and compare it against other financial transparency tools such as OpenGov. Cara is continuing her work in the fall.
  • Carly Raskin, University of Denver, engineered a Robotic Process Automation prototype to assist with the employee offboarding process. Carly worked with Human Resources and BIT to build an automation that will run over 800 times per year. Carly will continue her work in the fall. 
  • Christopher Seven, University of Denver, managed a Robotic Process Automation project and researched Low-code/No-code technologies. Chris partnered with the Enterprise Applications team to evaluate how Jeffco might leverage low-code technologies to support digital service delivery. Chris is also managing the development of a Robotic Process Automation to de-commission employee accounts when they resign from the county.  

We thank our interns for their time working at Jeffco this summer. We are proud of their growth and the impact they have made at Jeffco. We also appreciate our project sponsors, Mary O’Neil (SIF), Jill Fraser (BIT), Marysela Rueda (HS), Philip Pappas (SIF), Julie Field (BIT), Marty Hartley (BIT), and Andy Corbett (BIT) for providing challenges for our interns to tackle. And lastly, thank you Katie Gathright and Marlin McDaniel for running the summer program.

Future Intern Opportunities

Business Innovation & Technology offers Innovation Internships every fall, spring, and summer and we are currently recruiting for Spring 2022!  If you are interested or know someone that would like to be a part of our future internship programs, please contact the Innovation Team