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Searching for Jobs and Internships

What is an Internship?

An internship is a work-based learning experience related to your career goals, and can be an important and impactful part of your career journey. 


Type of Internships:

  • Can be done for elective or required credit (depending upon your major).
  • Can be paid or unpaid.
  • Can be paid and possibly eligible for credit.
  • Can be done full-time or part-time.
  • Can be done at public, private, non-profit or government organizations.
  • Are great for clarifying your career goals, enhancing classroom learning with on-the-job experience, building your resume and creating your professional network.

Searching for Jobs and Internships

There are multiple approaches to learning about job and internship opportunities.  We suggest that you incorporate multiple strategies to find the job or internship that most appeals to you and supports your career goals.

When developing a job or internship search strategy, consider including: career fairs, industry open houses, informational sessions, company websites, networking events, professional associations and organizations, staffing agencies, social media and MSU Denver faculty and staff.  For more tips and tools on search strategies, visit our Resume and Job Search Tips page.


Applying for Academic Credit

There are requirements for getting credit for your internship. These requirements will vary depending upon your major, but most departments require that you are at least a sophomore, have been at MSU Denver for one full semester, and have a 2.5 MSU Denver GPA. Check with your department or review your departmental credit policy sheet available in Career Link > Resources > Resource Library. 

To start your application for credit, click HERE for step-by-step instructions.


Unpaid Internships

Unpaid internships are done for academic credit and can provide robust experiences and resume-building skills, and sometimes, lead to paid employment upon graduation! Some students are required to do an internship, others can use it for elective credit.

Some unpaid internship sites may qualify to use work-study funds to help to pay you.  If you qualify for work-study and have an internship with a non-political, non-profit organization, you and your employer should review the following: Work-Study Information for Employers 

Earn & Learn Fall 2021 

Earn and Learn Banner and Application

Get paid for an unpaid Fall 2021 internship by applying to the Earn and Learn program. Click the banner above to apply!

  • Open to all undergraduate students interested in an off-campus internship for credit.
  • Initial application deadline is June 4th; second and final deadline is July 30th
  • $15/hr up to 150 hours; must be eligible to for student employment
  • Contact if there are any questions!

ATTENTION: Updates due to COVID-19

The University recommends the following guidelines regarding internships for credit:

  • If an internship is remote, the student can move forward with receiving credit as usual through the application for credit process in Career Link.
  • If an internship is on-site, the student will move through the application for credit process and will be approved on a case-by-case basis. If the internship is 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.

If you have specific questions, please contact your academic department.

Looking for a Job on Campus?

Follow these three simple steps to find current work-study and hourly student positions:

  1. Go to, the official MSU Denver Career Site.
  2. Select the ‘Student Employment’ button.
  3. Click on the ‘View Details’ button of the posting to review the position details, qualifications and application process.

Some positions will require that you have been awarded work-study as part of your financial aid package.  To learn more about obtaining work-study, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 303-556-8593 or

You may have many more questions about student employment, and the Student Employment Program at MSU Denver can assist you with getting started.  Visit the Student Employment Portal for more detailed information on types of positions, student resources and employment forms.

MSU Denver Career Link

Career Link is more than just a job board…it’s a career management system designed to help you connect with employers interested in hiring MSU Denver students and alumni.  Get started by signing in and setting up your preferences so that you get the latest on events and postings right to your email account.  Here are some other tips to help you leverage Career Link in your job or internship search:

  • Apply for jobs and internships.
  • Upload and manage your resume and other career documents in your profile.
  • Sign up for workshops, career fairs and other campus recruiting events.
  • Research employers and set up automatic position notifications.
  • Find career resources and resume building tools.
  • Start your application for internship credit.
  • Download the Career Link (Symplicity) App for quick access.

How Do I Access Career Link?

Click the ‘Career Link’ button below and login using your MSU Denver NetID and password. Current students can also access Career Link through the MSU Denver Student Hub.

Click the ‘Instructions’ button for more information on how to set up your profile, add documents, sign up for events and more. 

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