MSU Denver

Fall 2023 Program Applications

Earn & Learn FA23 Cohort Applications are now closed.

Thank you so much for your interest in our FA23 Earn & Learn cohort. Our applications are now closed. Earn & Learn will not be offering a summer semester cohort. Please check back soon for more info on SP24 cohort applications, opening this fall!

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Watch our Virtual Info Session for Fall 2023!

We strongly recommend viewing the info session video, as it covers some important details surrounding the program application. It’s about 8 minutes long and includes subtitles.

FA23 Info Session

About Earn & Learn

About Earn & Learn

The Earn and Learn program was designed to address equity barriers within experiential learning.

This program provides funding support to both undergraduate and graduate students who are in need of financial assistance to participate in unpaid, off- campus internship opportunities.

Through Earn and Learn, MSU Denver has leveled the playing field of experiential learning and continued to provide critical financial support to our students so they can engage in career- shaping opportunities through this high-impact practice.

Earn and Learn serves cohorts of diverse students, with over 60% reporting first-generation status, spanning 33 different and dynamic majors, providing them with valuable hands-on learning support for both our traditional and nontraditional students.


Program Benefits

Program Benefits

  • Receive payment equal to (or greater than) Denver minimum wage for every hour worked of your unpaid internship, up to 150 hours per semester (as of FA23).
    • Undergraduate: $17.29/hr
    • Graduate: $18/hr
  • Gain invaluable experience as part of your field work that will set you apart and prepare you for your future career.
  • Grow professionally and personally through networking and on-the-job experiences.
  • Connect with exceptional career readiness resources to give yourself an edge in the professional world.
  • Relief from financial stress, providing the ability to reduce additional commitments and focus more on learning experiences.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

To qualify for the Earn and Learn Program, you must:

  • Be a degree-seeking, undergraduate OR graduate student
  • Be eligible for student employment
  • Be considering an off-campus, unpaid internship for credit for Fall 2023.
  • Be within program participation limits
    • Students that have previously participated in Earn & Learn are limited to participating in 2 semesters as an undergraduate and 1 semester as a graduate.

Steps to Apply

Steps to Apply

  • Ensure that you meet the above program requirements.
  • Watch our info session at the top of the page to learn more about the program and submitting a competitive application. *Specific program details may change each semester, please reach out for greater clarification.
  • Submit your application by one of the following deadline dates for consideration:
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Important Dates - Fall 2023

FA23 Cohort Applications will open soon! 

Application Open: March 6, 2023

Two Application Rounds:

  • Round 1 applications due: April 3, 2023
  • Round 2 applications due: May 1, 2023

Final Decisions Given: May 8, 2023


Here’s how Earn and Learn has impacted students’ professional development!

Due to the Earn and Learn program I was able to step aside from my paid job, and put more of my time, energy, and focus into my internship. Being able to do this helped me see all that goes into teaching and soon becoming a teacher of my own! – Allison

The Earn & Learn program allowed me to focus on my academic development in my classes and my professional development at my internship without having to worry about additional shifts at my part time job. At Foster Source, I was able to take on supplemental projects that expanded on my learning experience and allowed me to demonstrate additional skills that would have not been possible if I had not had the extra time. – Dan

The Earn & Learn program allowed me to pay for childcare so that I could participate and focus on student teaching. At my placement, I was able to finally see what it is like to be a teacher and teach students in person. I gained so much real-world knowledge about the day to day of being a teacher. – Kelcy

Participating in the Earn and Learn Program allowed me to choose the internship that best fit my goals and challenged me rather than just choosing an internship to get the credit. I was able to invest more time into my internship and my other classes, as well as pay for some of my tuition and books. I would not have been able to take on an unpaid internship, so this program was amazing. – Michele


Questions about Earn & Learn?

Contact: Derek Bowers, MPP

Phone: (303) 615 - 1333 | Classroom to Career Hub - Admin 270

Send Derek an email

C2 Hub Information:

  • Phone: (303) 615 – 1133
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Office Location: Administration Building (AD)
  • Office Number: 270 & 325