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Due to COVID-19, if an internship is still to be on-site, it is the expectation that the organization/company is observing COVID-19 guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when necessary, along with any federal, state or local restrictions.

Internships – Information for Employers

Employers provide a valuable extension to the learning experience of a college student. MSU Denver is committed to partnering with for-profit and non-profit organizations to benefit students and the community. You are important to us. Let us know how we can serve you better.

What is an Internship?

Characteristics include:

  • An intentional “learning agenda” is structured into the position. This is what distinguishes an internship from a part-time job or volunteer work.
  • An effort is made to establish a reasonable balance between the intern’s learning goals and the specific work an organization needs to have done.
  • The work aligns with an educational program or academic learning experience and may include monitoring and evaluation by a faculty supervisor.
  • The work should be supervised by a person with appropriate credentials to mentor the student’s learning experience.
  • The position may be part‐time or full‐time.
  • The position may be paid or unpaid. Unpaid internships must be taken for academic credit.

Please read the Employer Expectations to determine if having a MSU Denver intern is a good fit for your organization.

Procedures for Intern Recruitment

  1. Start with a good internship position description that clearly explains the duties of the intern, the qualifications, the schedule and/or hours expected and the pay (if applicable).

    While your organization may not be in a position to pay much, carefully consider whether you can offer a paid opportunity. Remember that students have expenses, including tuition for credit-bearing internships, and even a small wage can make a big difference in recruitment and retention.

  2. Once you have a position description, post your internship for free on Career Link, our career management system, which is accessible to all MSU Denver students and alumni.  When possible, we recommend posting positions 1-3 months before the semester begins.  You can also post job and volunteer opportunities.

  3. Once posted, students will review your position and apply based on the instructions you provide in the posting.

  4. Like any job, you make the determination as to the candidate's suitability for the position. Due to privacy laws, our office is limited in the information that we can provide about the student. Therefore, we encourage you to interview the student and to conduct such background and reference checks as necessary. Please phone or e-mail the student directly to arrange an interview or participate in our scheduled recruiting activity.

  5. You have access to manage your position through the system and can extend or close the posting at any time. If you have selected an MSU Denver student, we would love to know. Please submit the information through Career Link under Hiring Outcomes.

    Our office will work with the student for academic credit, if applicable.

  6. If you have any questions about setting up an internship, please feel free to contact us at

Help to Pay for Your Intern

Certain non-profit organizations may qualify to use student work-study financial aid award money to pay their interns.  See Work-Study Information for Employers for information.  

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