Joseph and Colleen Ronan Summer 2017 Fellowship Program


Overview and Selection Criteria

Two Denver Law JD students will be selected, through a competitive process, to work in the legal department of MarkWest/Marathon Petroleum. The Ronan Fellows will be expected to work for an eight week period (30 hours per week maximum) during summer 2017. The Fellows will each receive an hourly rate of $24.00 per hour with a maximum payment not to exceed $5,760 from the Environmental & Natural Resources Law Program.

In addition, in accordance with ABA standards, Denver Law will now allow students to receive pay and credit simultaneously. If Fellows are interested in applying for academic credit as well, please review these guidelines and contact for more information.

Applicants are not required to be enrolled in the Environmental & Natural Resources Law JD Certificate Program, but candidates must be JD students. Students must have a strong academic record and a demonstrated interest in environmental and/or natural resources law practice.

Fellowship Job Description

With MarkWest/Marathon Petroleum, the Fellows will have the opportunity to work with a number of lawyers in the Denver law department on a variety of matters, including environmental, contracts, litigation, real property, oil & gas, regulatory, corporate governance and transactional matters. As part of a Fortune 25 company, the legal work covers many different practice areas and the Fellows will have the flexibility to seek out projects in areas of interest to him/her. The work assigned to the Fellows will be directly related to pressing legal issues for the company and the Fellows will be included in meetings/calls with regulators, clients and counterparties.

MarkWest is part of Marathon Petroleum (NYSE: MPC), a Fortune 25 company with over 45,000 employees. Specifically, MarkWest is part of a company called MPLX LP (NYSE: MPLX) and is engaged in the gathering, processing, and transportation of natural gas; the transportation, fractionation, storage and marketing of NGLs; and the gathering and transportation of crude oil. The Fellowship will be located in Denver, CO.

Application Process

DOWNLOAD THE 2017 RONAN FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION FORM HERE (Fillable PDF): Ronan2017FellowshipApplication_FNL.pdf

Application packets are due by Monday, January 30, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. via e-mail to Stefanie Carroll at

The following items MUST be included in your electronic application packet and should be in the following order:
1.) Cover Letter (Must be addressed to “Ronan Summer 2017 Fellowship Program Selection Committee”)
2.) Completed Application Form (see above form to download)
3.) CV/Resume
4.) Unofficial Law School Transcript

Applications must be 100% complete and e-mailed to Stefanie Carroll at Hard copy, incomplete, partial and/or late applications will not be accepted. The Fellowship is only open to JD students. Application packets must be received electronically in one (1) PDF document. The final PDF file name must be titled: Your Last Name_Your First Name_Ronan Fellowship_2017

Selection, Interview and Notification Process

Completed applications will be sent to Environmental & Natural Resources Law program faculty to review; a short list of the top candidates will then be sent to the host site for in-person interview selection. In-person interviews with the host company will happen in mid to late February and all applicants will be notified by early March of their status.


Please contact Stefanie Carroll at, 303-871-6076 or in office 215H with any questions regarding the application process. In addition, the Career Development Office is an excellent resource for assistance in drafting cover letters and resumes.

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