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The mission of the Service Learning Program is to assist MSU Denver faculty in the design and implementation of service learning, a high-impact instructional practice, and to integrate it into the curriculum across disciplines at all levels. To fulfill this mission, the Service Learning Program staff provides course design assistance, training, and administrative and other program support to faculty; develops and sustains community partner connections; and collects data on all dimensions of service learning.
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For more information, contact the C2Hub at 303.615.1333 or email [email protected]
Classroom to Career Hub is committed to working in the best interest of our students. Our policies are in accordance with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Principles for Prof
Third-party recruiters are agencies, organizations, or individuals recruiting candidates for employment opportunities other than their own needs. On-campus recruiting services that third party recruiters are eligible for include career fairs and posting full- or part-time positions on MSU Denver Career Link. This does not include internships.
In addition, third-party recruiters are expected to adhere to several specific practices to ensure open and accurate communication with MSU Denver candidates:
We reserve the right to deem any organization ineligible whose policies or goals are determined to be in conflict with the mission of MSU Denver. The final approval for employers to utilize campus facilities and services rests with the Employer Relations Manager.
Ineligible employers include multi-level or network marketing organizations and franchise/business opportunities that engage in one of more of the following practices:
All payment is required prior to an event. Cancellations must be requested before the cancellation deadline in order to receive a refund. Employers who fail to provide all requested information to confirm their recruiting activity limit our ability to promote the opportunity to students and will be subject to cancellation. If your event is cancelled, we will try to find another time to coordinate your visit within the same semester, but we do not guarantee that a new date will be available. No refunds are given to employers who No-Show. Employers who fail to pay for an event are ineligible for future on-campus recruiting services.
In compliance with Auraria Campus policies and procedures, employers must abide by the following during their time on campus:
Employers are expected to maintain the confidentiality of all student and alumni information. Sharing information about a candidate with another organization is not acceptable unless the employer receives prior written consent from the candidate.
FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) Regulations
For complete information on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, please visit the U.S. Department of Education.
Employers are expected to avoid discrimination in their recruitment process and follow equal employment opportunity and affirmative action principles established under NACE.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) connects more than 7,300 college career services professionals at nearly 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide and nearly 3,000 university relations and recruiting professionals representing more than 900 corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations that serve this community. NACE is the leading source of information on the employment of the college educated, and forecasts hiring and trends in the job market; tracks starting salaries, recruiting and hiring practices, and student attitudes and outcomes; and identifies best practices and benchmarks.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has a long-standing tradition of promoting diversity and inclusiveness as part of its core mission—facilitating the employment of the college educated. It is our steadfast belief that organizations of all types, whether institutions of higher learning or employers operating in the private or public sectors, benefit by reaching out to welcome individuals of different genders, ethnicities, religious beliefs, and/or sexual orientations/identifications into their communities. The organizations benefit by opening themselves up to a broader range of ideas and a deeper understanding of their clients/customers resulting in more effective problem management and enhanced productivity. In turn, the economy as a whole will produce greater levels of growth.
The benefits of promoting diversity and inclusiveness in individual organizations can only be achieved if the environments in which these organizations exist are also welcoming, accessible, inclusive, equitable, free from harassment, and protective of the rights of individuals. Government through their legislative powers are vehicles by which a community expresses its openness to diversity and establishes its protections for individuals from any and all backgrounds and beliefs.
Recent legislative actions in several states reminds us that a vital population in our nation is expressly being denied the full rights, benefits, and protections that other members of our society enjoy.
NACE holds firmly that governments at all levels (federal, state, and local) should enact legislation that is supportive of individual rights and protects individuals whatever their gender, ethnicity, religious belief, or sexual orientation/identification. By contrast, NACE stands in opposition to legislation that stigmatizes one group of citizens by denying them the same protections as are afforded to the rest of the population.
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The Metropolitan State University of Denver reserves the right to refuse service to employers for reasons including, but not limited to:
NACE (Nat’l Assoc. of Colleges & Employers) PRINCIPLES FOR PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
Career services and employment professionals are involved in an important process: helping students choose and attain personally rewarding careers, and helping employers develop effective college relations programs which contribute to optimum candidate selections for their organizations. The impact of this process upon individuals and organizations requires commitment by practitioners to principles for professional conduct.
Metropolitan State University of Denver is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that is free of alcohol abuse. As a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), we abides by the Principles for Professional Conduct, a document that serves as the framework and foundation for ethical practices within the career planning and employment recruiting processes. The Principles document explains why serving alcohol to job candidates is inappropriate and inadvisable.
Policy for Employers:
To ensure compliance with federal law, MSU Denver drug and alcohol policy and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, the Classroom to Career Hub at MSU Denver will not support recruitment activity for employers in the cannabis industry where students may come into direct contact with marijuana products. Dispensaries (i.e. retail shops), cultivators or manufacturers of THC infused edibles are examples of businesses that directly work with marijuana, a federally illicit drug.
We recognize there are many businesses that provide ancillary support to the industry. Such businesses may include, but are not limited to real estate leasing businesses, consumption device and consulting businesses, and marketing and public relations firms. We will discuss recruiting options with these employers on a case-by-case basis and may post positions or offer recruiting services if the opportunity does not put a student or recent graduate in direct contact with marijuana products. Credit for internships in these related industries will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Disclaimer language for students:
To ensure compliance with federal law, MSU Denver drug and alcohol policy and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, the Classroom to Career Hub at MSU Denver will not post positions or support internship credit that involves direct contact with any federally illicit drug, included cannabis.
We recognize that, in Colorado, there are many businesses that provide ancillary support to the cannabis industry. Such businesses may include, but are not limited to real estate leasing businesses, consumption device and consulting businesses, and marketing and public relations firms. In some cases, these organizations can offer excellent employment opportunities. Therefore, we will support campus recruitment and academic credit for these opportunities on a case-by-case basis.
A student who accepts a position in an industry that is not legal federally should be aware that he/she is taking some risk and should give some thought to assessing that risk. Your work history will follow you forever.
Metropolitan State University of Denver is a great place to find candidates! Our entrepreneurial spirit drives partnerships and programs that gives students unique opportunities.
We are among the most diverse 4-year universities in Colorado, with 46% of undergraduates identifying as students of color. MSU Denver has 100+ majors, eight master’s programs and a variety of internship opportunities that prepare its students for career success.
Career Fairs & Networking Events: Our career fairs and networking events offer employers a way to connect with students and alumni looking for employment opportunities. Check Career Link regularly, as more events maybe added throughout the semester.
Now Hiring Series: Our Now Hiring Series takes place on the 2nd Tuesday and Wednesday of February, March and April at 11 am and 2 pm. This is a great way to informally recruit candidates for open positions. Sign up for a one-hour session today as spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Post Positions: Post job and internship opportunities and collect resumes through our career management system, Career Link. Posting is free, but employers must meet our eligibility requirements.
Campus Interviewing: Coordinating your interviews through our office is a convenient and efficient way to meet with MSU Denver students. Allow us to do the work and manage the entire interview schedule through Career Link, or simply schedule a date and we will help promote.
Branding Your Organization: We encourage employers to establish their presence. This can make your organization more visible and familiar to students. To support this effort, we offer the following option:
Employer Spotlight – This package can be purchased as a stand-alone recruiting service or as an add-on to help increase your visibility. A Spotlight runs for approximately 30 days, and includes digital promotion on all social media channels, prominent display of logo/info in Career Link, and targeted message to students, faculty, and staff about positions or up-coming events. Spotlight packages are limited.
Partnering and Sponsorships: Additional opportunities for employers to brand their organization and connect with students include: facilitating a career presentation, sponsoring a program or event, or designing your own custom recruiting program. Some employers who partner with us include: Arrow Electronics, Lockheed Martin, iBotta, Mile High United Way, Charles Schwab, DaVita and Mental Health Center of Denver.
Cost to participate in these programs and events may vary. Please log into Career Link for exact pricing and registration.
For questions or more information, contact our office at (303) 615-1333 or email [email protected].
MSU Denver is a leader in educating Colorado’s workforce and committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Through the Classroom to Career Hub, we support our industry partners who share our commitment and are working to recruit and retain a diverse workforce. We hope the resources and information provided on this page facilitate your connection to our rich and unique campus community and our talented students.
Metropolitan State University of Denver’s commitment to bolstering diversity is proactive and balanced. The University supports and values diversity in all forms in a teaching and learning community marked by mutual respect, inclusion, and cooperation.
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We assert that it is important for organizations that are interested in supporting diversity, equity and inclusion begin this work with an understanding of definitions and terminology. Your organization will determine what these terms mean for you. To assist, we have offered some definitions that we apply in our work:
The work towards equity is to build a community where a person’s identities are valued and celebrated and systems of power, privilege, and oppression are disrupted and replaced with systems in which everyone belongs, participates, engages, and thrives. In action, this is achieved through the intentional shaping of beliefs, values, practices, and policies and the sharing of power. Pursuing equity means applying this knowledge and creating effective and sustainable counter measures (MSU-Denver Equity Definition Group, 2020)
Diversity refers to differences among social groups such as ethnic heritage, class, age, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, and nationality. These differences are reflected in historical experiences, language, cultural practices, and traditions that ought to be affirmed and respected (Bell, 2016).
A fair and equitable distribution of resources with the imperative to address those who are least advantaged (Bell, 2016)
“Inclusion is the act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate. An inclusive and welcoming climate embraces.” (Kapila, Hines, and Searby, 2016)
Bell, L. (2016). Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice (3rd ed., p.3). New York, NY: Routledge.
Stewart, D. L. (2017). Language of appeasement. Inside Higher Ed, 30.
Step 1: Develop DEI Recruitment Strategy
Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce is important to you as an employer and working in an organization that values diversity, equity and inclusion is equally important to our students. MSU Denver students and alumni will research and inquire about the strategies potential employers are utilizing to create inclusive environments for all employees. Those with intentional and robust strategies will be more attractive to diverse students. We encourage employers to develop a DEI recruitment strategy that includes a thorough cultural analysis of their organization prior to building campus relationships. Following are questions which may guide this analysis and prepare employers to respond to student inquiries:
How does your organization foster an inclusive culture?
Is your commitment to an inclusive workplace reflected in your benefits package?
What is your organization doing to comply with or exceed workplace laws?
What types of organizations do you do business with?
Step 2: Connect with Diversity & Equity Campus Partners
The Classroom to Career Hub partners with many campus departments that serve and support our diverse student population. Once your recruitment strategy is in place, we would love for you to connect with departments in meaningful ways – sponsor/co-host an up-coming event, volunteer as a guest speaker, hold office hours within their space, or market unique positions or DEI programs. All of our partners provide rich environments that build community, offer support and celebrate the identities of our MSU Denver students.
For a list of campus partners who are interested in connecting with employers, click HERE.
Aaron Clark, Founder and CEO of Justice Reskill, will focus on strategies organizations can take to help to attract diverse candidates by creating a welcoming and inclusive work environment. This event is free, but registration is required. Click HERE to RSVP by Friday, June 4th.
Click here for more diversity and cultural events. To filter, please select “Arts & Cultural” and “Diversity/Inclusivity”.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would love to talk further about your ideas for recruiting MSU Denver students.
Email the Industry Partnerships team at [email protected].
Eligible employers can post employment opportunities free of charge on MSU Denver Career Link, our online recruiting system.
This is one of the best places to reach students and recent graduates who are actively looking for positions, jobs and internships. Once registered, you will also receive notifications for up-coming recruiting events.
Positions must provide paid compensation in the form of an hourly wage, salary or stipend (unless it is an internship approved for academic credit). And the employee must have access to a resource, other than the direct supervisor, in the event of a workplace conflict or dispute.
Ineligible positions include:
Please review our full Employer Policies for complete information regarding eligibility and expectations.
Employers provide a valuable extension to the learning experience of a college student.
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.
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.
Please read the Employer Expectations to determine if having a MSU Denver intern is a good fit for your organization.
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.
Engage industry, campus, and community stakeholders in mutually beneficial experiences to provide students with robust, career-focused opportunities.
Participate in recruiting events and post opportunities for jobs, internships, service learning and volunteering.
Case Study: Lockheed Martin Co-op Program
Students work full-time in the summer and flexible hours during fall and spring in areas such as 3D-printing, electronics and spacecraft testing. The program gives students more responsibility than most internships by fully integrating them into the team. The outcome: 80% of participants are hired full-time when they graduate.
Build a more diverse and inclusive work environment by investing in top talent and accessing equity resources that support diversity recruitment.
Case Study: FirstBank Graduate Assistantship
Colorado-based FirstBank funded a position at MSU Denver to help provide support and career opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds. The graduate assistant oversees equity programming, mentors students, and promotes FirstBank opportunities
Advertise and engage students through mentoring, guest lecturing, scholarships and student services. Collaborate with faculty experts on research and assessment projects.
Case Study: Tivoli Brewing Co. Partnership
Frequent campus collaborator Tivoli Brewing Co. hosted a Veterans Day event with specially brewed beers and donated part of the proceeds to MSU Denver’s Veteran and Military Student Emergency Scholarship Fund.
Develop your employees with certificates, undergraduate degrees, master’s programs and continuing education.
Case Study: Skills Lab
The University launched its virtual Skills Lab to help people learn new skills in growth industries – for free. Working with industry leaders, MSU Denver curated existing technical courses with new faculty-created trainings in areas such as e-commerce, cybersecurity and health services.
Contact us at [email protected] to connect to your Industry Partnerships Team member.