Complete a Learning Agreement
Students are required to complete a Learning Agreement and register
their internship placement with the Experiential Learning Center.
- Make an appointment (Internship Solidification) with your Internship Advisor.
- Your Internship Advisor will assist you in reporting your being hired for an internship and creating the internship experience in Handshake.
- Complete your online Learning Agreement and obtain all signatures.
- Think about what you want to learn at your internship and list 3- 5 learning objectives (refer to the Learning Agreement)
- Meet with your employer site supervisor
- Review duties and learning objectives
- Determine your work schedule and your start and end dates
- Add this information to your Learning Agreement
- Obtain your supervisor’s signature on page four
- Meet with your faculty sponsor - (For-Credit Internships only)
- Discuss learning objectives and academic assignments
- Your professor will fill out your academic assignments on page three
- Obtain faculty sponsor’s signature on page four
- Note: Some departments require additional
signatures from Department Chairs or academic advisors. Ask your faculty
sponsor or internship advisor if you need additional signatures
- Complete and sign the online Learning Agreement via Handshake.
- Register Your Internship
Make a 15-minute appointment with your Internship Advisor to review
your Learning Agreement and register your internship with the ELC. If
you are doing an internship, your Internship Advisor will give you an
add slip to register your internship class for credit.
- Review our Tips for Success (pdf) to get the most out of your Internship.
- Review the Safety Guideline (pdf)
Off-campus learning activities expose students to additional risks. Be aware of potential hazards.
Join the Conversation!
Connect with other CU Denver interns and learn from each
others' experiences. Discuss your workplace, the training and
supervision you are receiving, professional interaction, questions,
issues, etc. The Forum is moderated by Internship Advisors who will post
weekly professional development questions to stimulate your thinking
and encourage healthy discussion of the many issues related to
experiential learning and professional development.
The way you approach your internship will affect the quality
of your experience. Follow these guidelines to ensure a good
- Remember that first impressions are the ones that last, and
supervisors and coworkers will establish their opinions of you and your
work very quickly
- Maintain confidentiality regarding work-related personnel and projects at your site
- Understand what constitutes a permissible work absence and who to notify if absent
- It is important to remember that the company does not function on an
academic calendar, so keep your supervisor informed of your schedule.
Let your supervisor know if you will be absent from work during any CU
Denver holidays and/or academic vacations
- Be prompt and on time to work
- Carry out assignments; give it your best effort
- Keep an open mind; avoid jumping to conclusions; become fully informed before you make judgments
- Do not conduct personal business during work hours – i.e., using
work computers for personal reasons, texting, or personal phone
- Remain drug and alcohol free at your internship
- Dress appropriately
Support and Resources During Your Internship:
The University of Colorado Denver and the Experiential Learning
Center (ELC) ensures that students who participate in internships and have a variety of support and resources:
- Your SITE SUPERVISOR oversees your work tasks and
performance, and serves as a resource. This person provides training,
guidance, and mentoring. They will also provide opportunities for you to
meet your learning objectives listed on your Learning Agreement.
- Your INTERNSHIP ADVISOR provides support
throughout your internship. They will contact you via email at
mid-semester to inquire about your experience. For any issue that arises
(i.e. workplace conflicts, problems with supervisors or co-workers, not
getting the experience you expected or the agreed onsite hours, not
being given the opportunity to complete the objectives outlined on your
learning agreement, etc) contact your Internship Advisor immediately so
they can work with all parties to address the issue.
- Your FACULTY SPONSOR (Internships only) also offers
support, addresses all academic issues, provides the list of
assignments, and is responsible for assigning your final grade at the
end of the term. You will meet or otherwise correspond with your faculty
sponsor throughout the term to address concerns, questions, or review
assignments. The ELC sends copies of your site supervisor’s evaluation
to your faculty sponsor, who uses that information as part of your final
grade for the internship course.
- Changes in your work duties, supervision, or problems at your site must be reported to the CU Denver Internship Advisor
- If you feel victimized by a work-related incident, contact your CU Denver Internship Advisor immediately at 303-556-6656
For additional support and information, print out a copy of our guide, Internship Success: Getting the Most Out of Your Experience found in the Forms and Resources section of this Website.
Roles & Responsibilities
The Intern will:
- Register his/her internship with the Experiential Learning
Center by submitting a Learning Agreement prior to the start date of the
- Serve as a representative of the University of Colorado Denver, and
as such, will have influence regarding the employer’s decision to host
students from CU Denver in the future
- Approach internships in a professional manner that is
guided by courtesy, a desire to learn, and a willingness to receive
feedback for improvement
- Act in a responsible and appropriate manner in accordance with the rules and regulations of the organization
The Site Supervisor will:
- Complete and sign the employer portion of the online Learning Agreement (pdf) prior to the intern’s start date via Handshake.
- Introduce student to the organization and employees
- Provide an orientation for new student
- Provide training, mentoring and supervision of student
- Encourage professionalism by assisting student in developing communication, interpersonal, decision-making, and other skills
- Provide opportunities for increasing responsibility; keeping student directed toward accomplishing his/her learning objectives
- Maintain an open channel of communication with regular meetings
- Complete a final evaluation. (The Internship Advisor will email the evaluation at the end of the term)
The Faculty Sponsor will (Internships Only):
- Address all academic issues related to the internship
- Assist students in creating appropriate learning objectives that must be met during the internship
- Provide students with appropriate academic assignments related to the internship placement
- Keep in contact with interns throughout the internship in order to appraise progress and address concerns and questions
- Upon request, meet with site supervisors to discuss internship placements
- Review the site supervisor’s evaluation and use as part of student’s final grade
- Award credit and a final grade based on interns’ completion of assignments
The Internship Advisor will:
- Act as primary liaison between the organization and the University of Colorado Denver
- Serve as liaison for any issues that arise during an internship – e.g. workplace conflicts or problems with supervisors or
co-workers, injuries, not getting the agreed onsite hours, ensuring the
opportunity to fulfill the requirements of the internship –
number of work hours, learning goals, etc.
- Conduct site visits with intern student and site supervisor
- Collect employer’s final evaluation and send to the faculty sponsor