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After You’re Hired

Michelle DeBello, Victim Advocacy Program
Michelle DeBello, Victim Advocacy Program

Congratulations on getting an offer! Before you begin, there are a few more steps to take. All students must complete a Learning Agreement and register their internship with the Experiential Learning Center (ELC). You may also choose to join the online discussion group to converse with other interns and deepen your learning throughout the semester. Finally, read about the support and resources available to you during your experience.

Learning Agreement
ELC's Professional Development Discussion Forum
Support and Resources
Roles and Responsibilities

The Intern Will:

  • Register their internship with the ELC by submitting a Learning Agreement prior to the start date of the internship
  • Serve as a representative of the CU 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 and email it 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

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