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Government Affairs and Global Public Policy Internship – Denver International Airport

Denver International Airport (DEN) is the third-busiest airport in the United States and fifth busiest airport in the world, connecting our community globally through flight and business. DEN is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado, generating more than $36.4 billion for the region annually and employing more than 39,000 people. At DEN, we are committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace. We celebrate individuality and uplift all races, ethnicities, gender identities, national origins, ages, abilities, religion, and LGBTQIA+ communities. We know that our diversity makes us stronger, and we strive to keep diversity, equity, and inclusion at the center of all that we do.


At DEN, the Government Affairs & Global Public Policy Division (GAGPP) serves as a trusted leadership partner and provides enterprise-wide guidance, coordination and collaboration focused on multi-sector stakeholders and government officials to advance global strategy and innovation priorities. This includes formulating and communicating on policy matters at all levels (international, federal, state, regional, and local), leading DEN’s City Council approval process, and managing its memberships & sponsorships and state and federal lobbying contracts. In addition, GAGPP advises the Chief Executive Officer and Executive/Senior Leadership on trends, risks, and opportunities related to DEN’s future growth and strategy.


Our ideal candidate has some or all the following experience, skills, and characteristics:

An interest in public service and enhancing the customer experience

Proficiency with a wide range of technological, policy, and political resources

Strong listening, communication, writing, organizational, and interpersonal skills

Ability to anticipate questions and prepare accordingly for conversations and meetings

Attention to detail and seeks further guidance on assignments prior to deadlines

Takes initiative and is adaptable within a dynamic organization and evolving industry


To be most successful, our ideal candidate will also:

Maintains respect for self and others

Presents a high degree of professionalism and prioritizes integrity and team values

Exhibits a commitment to learning and is not afraid to seek constructive feedback

Is intentional about being kind, considerate, and flexible with teammates and superiors

Has a positive attitude and sense of purpose

Enjoys a sense of humor


Required Minimum Qualifications

Education: Current enrollment in an accredited college program leading to a certificate, licensure, associates, bachelor’s, or higher degree in political science, public administration, aviation management, law, public affairs, business administration, government, social sciences, or another related field or a recent graduate (completed specified program within 1 year of completion)

Experience: None 

Education and Experience Equivalency: No substitution of experience for education is permitted


Mandatory Documentation Required to be Considered for this Position

1–2-page Resume (with most current information)

Transcripts – either official or unofficial; dated within your current academic term

Preferred Additional Document

Statement of Interest on why you are interested in the GAGPP Division at DEN



The City and County of Denver supports a hybrid workplace model with a required minimum of three days in office. Employees work where needed to support business, at the Denver International Airport. We do not offer housing or relocation assistance for this position.

Internship Duration and Hours

This is a 6-month college internship with a completion date of December 27th, 2024, with a maximum of 35 hours per week.


FBI Background Check

FBI criminal background check is required for all positions at Denver International Airport (DEN). Employees are also required to report any felony convictions and/or moving violations to maintain this clearance and be eligible for continued employment. By position, a pre-employment physical/drug test may be required.

Application Deadline

This position is expected to stay open until March 11, 2024. Please submit your application as soon as possible and no later than March 11, 2024, at midnight to ensure consideration.


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Job Profile

TA3181 Professional Administration Intern

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Position Type



Position Salary Range

$19.28 - $21.79 based on level of education


Starting Pay

$19.28 – $21.79



Denver International Airport


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. 


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