The core of HTC is comprised of graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Denver. In addition to the professional staff the HTC is made up of Associates, Senior Associates, Faculty Fellows and Research Fellows.
At this time, we do not have volunteer or employment opportunities for those who are not students at DU. We urge you to look at our Partners’ websites to find ways to give your time to anti-trafficking efforts in Denver.
How to Become a Research Associate
HTC research associate positions are reserved for graduate students at the University of Denver.
HTC research associates are usually graduate students in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies (though we have had students from the Social Work and Disaster Psychology programs as well).
If you are an incoming student at DU, and you are interested in becoming a research associate at the HTC, you must follow the following steps:
Once you are officially enrolled as a student, email Professor d’Estree, asking for permission to enroll in INTS 4987 “Forced Labour and Human Trafficking” (firstname.lastname@example.org). In the email, explain why are you are interested in taking the course and whether you are interested in the HTC. A sample syllabus for the course can be found here. Note – this course is required for acceptance as an HTC research associate.
Over the summer, you can also apply to be a provisional research associate. Provisional research associates will attend full HTC meetings, work on HTC projects, and attend additional discussion sessions on course material. You must send a cover letter and resume to Professor d’Estree, which can be done in conjunction with your email requesting permission to enroll in his class. If you are not accepted as a provisional associate over the summer, you have one more opportunity to apply near the end of the fall quarter.
Acceptance as a provisional associate does not guarantee acceptance as a full research associate. The most important determinant of acceptance is the quality of the final paper written for INTS 4987.
Students enrolled in INTS 4987 will receive more specific details about this application process and relevant deadlines.
This process is subject to change, and may be updated based on evaluation of its appropriateness and efficacy.