Internship How-To

What are employers always looking for? Experienced and qualified individuals. And, you could be one of them. Set yourself apart

from other applicants by completing an internship through the CU Denver Experiential Learning Center (ELC). It's a great way to gain experience in professional environments, further your knowledge in your major, and gain confidence in your abilities.

Find Your Internship

There are many things to consider when looking for an internship. Where to look. When to look. What's best for you. The steps to take along the way.

We recommend a variety of ways to search for your best internship opportunities. You'll find hundreds of options. 

Create Your Own Internship

If you haven’t found the right opportunity on Handshake or other job boards, consider developing your own internship using the methods below.

Once you find an internship, register it ​with the Experiential Learning Center.

Apply for Your Internship

Finding an opportunity that interests you is half the battle. Now you have to show the employer that you're the right person for the job! Most employers require a resume and cover letter.

A well-written resume and cover letter increase your chances of landing an interview. So, be sure you're prepared.

After You're Hired

Congratulations on getting an offer! Just a few more things to do before your first day.

  • Complete your Learning Agreement and register your internship with the ELC
  • Consider joining the online discussion group to connect with other interns and deepen your learning throughout the semester
  • Read about the support and resources available to you during your experience

Then, once you start your internship, remember that your internship advisor is here to help—especially if you run into challenges on the job. Contact your advisor directly or call 303-315-4000.

  • Have there been changes in your work duties, supervision, or problems at your site? 
  • Do you feel victimized by a work-related incident?