Partner with us to build a sustainable diverse talent pipeline for your organization. Participate in recruiting events and post opportunities for jobs, internships, service learning and volunteering.
The Industry Partnerships team serves as your comprehensive connection to the robust talent pipeline MSU Denver has cultivated. While each partnership varies, our priority is to expand career opportunities for MSU Denver students and alumni through relevant career development programs and experiential learning while supporting workforce development for organizations such as yours.
Through our work together, we will guide you through engagement opportunities to build brand awareness among Roadrunners, and support you and your team’s recruiting goals. With that, welcome to the Industry Partnerships Team at MSU Denver! Read on to learn more.
Ready to explore resources specific for your industry? Click the link below that most closely matches your company’s industry area to connect to an Industry Navigator and learn more about what you can do on campus and in the community with MSU Denver!
Partner with us to build a sustainable diverse talent pipeline for your organization with recruiting events and post opportunities for jobs, internships, service learning and volunteering. With top talent retention rates, MSU Denver is your source for a skilled and motivated workforce who want to grow their careers right here in Colorado. Roadrunners are studying among 100+ majors, eight master’s programs and several internship opportunities that prepare them for career success with organizations like yours.
Recruiting at MSU Denver opens business development possibilities that are unmatched across the state, and shows your commitment to driving economic mobility and community development that will benefit the entire region. Here are some of the ways you can be at the leading edge of recruiting with MSU Denver:
Are you actively recruiting to fill open positions? Post job and internship opportunities and collect resumes through our career management self-service portal, Career Link. Posting is free, but employers must meet our eligibility requirements and policies. Post a Position here!
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 with one of our team members and we will help promote it. Request an On-Campus Interview here!
Virtual or In-Person, these 60-minute employer-sponsored sessions have an open agenda (that you set) and are a great opportunity to connect with interested students, share information about your organization or collect resumes! Employers must be actively recruiting for entry-level career-focused jobs or internships. Request an Info Session here!
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 may be added throughout the semester. Find information on Registering for Career Fairs here! Please note that the cost to participate in these events does vary. Log into CareerLink for details.
Host students at your office for a “day in the life” experience so they can start to visualize themselves in their careers.
Find your Industry Focused Resources to connect with your Industry Navigator who can walk you through Recruitment engagement options that align with your goals.
Build a more diverse and inclusive work environment by investing in top talent and accessing equity resources that support diversity recruitment. Below are some ways the Industry Partnerships team can assist with your diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
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.
The Community of Mentorship Professionals and Student Scholars (COMPASS) Program connects industry professionals in an area of study.
Are you an employer interested in becoming a mentor? Please designate your interest by emailing [email protected]!
Step directly into your individual identity through, ‘To Affinity & Beyond’ workshops and events! As a collective, MSU Denver learners, staff/faculty and external partners are invited to share space centering the unique identities of our community. Through workshops, intentional dialogue, and our Narrative Networking Night, individuals have the opportunity to navigate shared experiences and connect in a casual, but comfortable setting. We welcome all identities and stories to join us! A community for one is a community for all!
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: DEI Investment 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.
The Diversity Networking Event is an annual program for students to meet diverse professionals and understand the value and asset of their cultural background and unique identities in the global workforce.
Increase your visibility on campus with promotional and branding options through the C2 Hub and affiliated groups on campus. Advertise and engage students through mentoring, guest lecturing, scholarships and student services. Collaborate with faculty experts on research and assessment projects.
Share your knowledge and expertise with students in the classroom. Join our Roadrunner Roster directory and get connected with faculty.
Join our Roadrunner Advisor Network to provide career conversations, mock interviews, resume reviews, and networking skill development to assist our students in honing their professional brand.
Connect with departments on new and emerging technologies or business opportunities in your field or industry.
Partners can contribute to these final semester courses by providing content or real-world problems, and feedback to students through these courses.
Create name recognition by hosting our students at construction sites and benefit our students while highlighting your company
Find your Industry Focused Resources to connect with your Industry Navigator who can walk you through Branding & Partnership engagement options that align with your goals.
Develop your employees with certificates, undergraduate degrees, master’s programs and continuing education.
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.
Upskill employees by taking advantage of our certificate programs such as a Personal Financial Planning certificate.
Support student retention and graduation via scholarships and stipends tailored to support the interests of your organizations.
Employer hosted events designed to introduce students to an organization’s employment opportunities and work culture. Employer plans and organizes the entire event, MSU Denver advertises and gets students to participate.
MSU Denver offers three different graduate certificates in cybersecurity for people to gain digital investigation and defense expertise as well as cybersecurity leadership skills.
Provide affordable pathways to high-demand careers and multiple academic credentials. Take a noncredit course in a high-demand field that can lead to a job or convert the course to credit and get an MSU Denver certificate or degree.
Find your Industry Focused Resources to connect with your Industry Navigator who can walk you through Professional Learning & Development engagement options that align with your goals.
Let us help you develop an internship program that moves the needle for you while also preparing students for real world projects. Employers provide a valuable extension to the learning experience of a college student. Check out the information below for frequently asked questions about our internship program development and recruiting.
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.
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 Professional Practice. and are expected to be followed by those engaging with MSU Denver and its affiliated activities.
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 Executive Director of Industry Partnerships.
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.
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.
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.
In compliance with Auraria Campus policies and procedures, employers must abide by the following during their time on campus:
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.
updated April 2016
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 abide 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.
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, including 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 they are taking some risk and should give some thought to assessing that risk. Your work history will follow you forever.
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), along with any federal, state or local restrictions, including those established by MSU Denver for the health and safety of the participating student(s).
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