2015 Joseph & Colleen Ronan Summer Fellowship Information

The 2015 Fellowship Program application process CLOSED on Feb. 11, 2015. Thank you for your interest.

Overview and Selection Criteria

Two Denver Law JD students will be selected, through a competitive process, to work in the legal departments of two corporations. The Ronan Fellows will be expected to work for an eight week period (30 hours per week maximum) during summer 2015. The Fellows will 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. No academic credit will be offered for the Fellowships.

There are two opportunities available this year for current 2L/3LE students. 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.

The 2015 host sites are Newmont Mining Corporation and WPX Energy, Inc.

Fellowship Job Descriptions

Generally, both Fellowships are intended to expose students to the culture of an in-house legal department and to enable the Fellows to better understand the unique needs and circumstances of corporate clients. As part of the Fellowships, the corporation will, as best it can, integrate the Fellows into all aspects of the legal department. This will include an appropriate cross section of work assignments and, where appropriate, participation in departmental meetings and activities. Each corporation will appoint a supervisory attorney to the Fellow, who will be responsible for coordinating assignments and ensuring adequate feedback.

Newmont Mining Corporation
Founded in 1921 and publicly traded since 1925, Newmont Mining Corporation (“Newmont”) is a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest gold mining companies in the world. Headquartered near Denver, Colorado, Newmont has around 29,000 employees and contractors worldwide, with the majority working at Newmont’s core operations in Nevada, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Indonesia and Ghana. Newmont is the only gold company listed in the S&P 500 index and in 2007 became the first gold company selected to be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. The position with Newmont will provide an opportunity to work with various members of the Legal department and the Environmental and Social Responsibility groups and gain exposure to issues relating to environmental regulation and other global mining related activities. In addition, the Fellow will work with Newmont’s Ethics and Compliance function, interact with various members of Newmont’s management, and be regularly included in meetings of the Legal department at which current issues relating to ongoing matters are presented and discussed.

WPX Energy, Inc.
At WPX Energy, Inc. (“WPX”), the Fellow will work with various members of WPX’s Legal department to assist them on a variety of different projects related to oil and gas exploration, production and environmental matters. In addition, the Fellow may interact with WPX’s regulatory, governmental and external affairs departments. As part of this position, the Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in department meetings and activities, and meet with internal clients, management and outside counsel.

Application Process

DOWNLOAD THE 2015 RONAN FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION FORM: 2015FellowshipApplication_Ronan.pdf

Application packets are due by/on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

They must be 100% complete and e-mailed to Molly Ryan at Hard copy, incomplete, partial and/or late applications will not be accepted. The Fellowship opportunities are only open to JD students. Application packets must be received electronically in one (1) PDF document. All applicants will automatically be in the running for both opportunities, unless specified differently in your cover letter. The final PDF file name must be titled: Your Last Name_Your First Name_Ronan_Fellowship_2015

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 “Professor Don C. Smith”; please use this letter to tell the faculty selection committee why you should be chosen for a Fellowship interview with the host site(s)—please tailor your letter if you only want to be considered for a particular host site.)
2.) Completed Application Form (see above form to download)
3.) CV/Resume
4.) Unofficial Law School Transcript

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 each individual corporation for in-person interview selection. In-person interviews with host companies will happen in late February/early March and all applicants will be notified by mid-March of their status.


Please contact Molly Ryan at, 303-871-6299 or in room 465C with any questions regarding the application process. Note that Ms. Ryan is not involved in the actual selection or interview process. The Career Development Office is an excellent resource for assistance in drafting cover letters and resumes.

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