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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.

Internships:

  • Can be done for electives or required credit (depending on your major)
  • Can be paid or unpaid
  • Unpaid internships should be done for academic credit to provide you with worker’s compensation coverage
  • 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, acquiring skills, and creating your professional network

Interested in learning more about getting paid for an unpaid internship? Find out more information on the Earn & Learn webpage.

Where can I find an internship?

At the C2 Hub, we work with various platforms to post the most up-to-date internships and jobs. Some of those resources can be found below!

Career Link

One of the first places where you should look for internships or jobs is Career Link. And remember: 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.

You can find more about Career Link here>

Firsthand

Let’s find your next best career step together! Log onto MSU Denver Career Research (formerly Vault)–provided to you FREE from MSU Denver–and get access to:

  • COMPANY RANKINGS & PROFILES, including insider information on where people really love to work
  • JOBS & INTERNSHIPS, including ones you won’t find anywhere else
  • CAREER GUIDES & ADVICE, like interviewing and networking tips
  • EXCLUSIVE EVENTS, like career fairs, where you can meet and interview with employers you want to work with & more

Job Search Resources

Visit our Job Search Tips website for answers to quick questions, updates on the Job Search Meetup, hot topics blog, and more.

For information on the best LinkedIn practices visit the LinkedIn Youtube Channel.

How Can I Prepare Internship or Job Materials?

Career Lab Hours (Sept. 7 - Dec. 1)

  • At Career Lab, students can get resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile help, as well as tips on search strategies and how to use the resources of the C2 Hub, without an appointment during Career Lab hours.
  • Career Lab offers in-person and virtual services:
    • Mondays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Zoom)
    • Tuesdays, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. (Zoom)
    • Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (JSSB)
    • Thursdays, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. (Admin 270AA)
    • Fridays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. (Zoom)

Resume & Portfolio Reviews

A C2 Hub career advisor can review your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile. Schedule your appointment through Career Link or by sending an email to [email protected].

 

VMock

VMock provides instant and personalized feedback on uploaded resumes and provides access to resume templates.

Mock Interviews

If you need to brush up on your interview skills consider scheduling a mock interview through the C2 Hub. Meet with a career advisor to practice your interview and get feedback to confirm that your interviewing skills are amazing or to help you improve before the real thing! Schedule your mock interview through Career Link.

Internships for Credit

The C2 Hub has a resource for any type of internship you would like to do during your time at MSU Denver, including one for class credit! Here, you can learn more about the benefits of completing an internship for credit, where to fill out an application, and how your next steps to prepare for this type of internship.

 

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How Do I Make the Most out of my Internship Experience?

You might now be wondering, “what will it be like to have an internship?” and “how can I make the most out of my internship experience?”

As part of the C2 Hub, the Industry Partnerships team is here to give you advice and tips on how you can make the most out of your internship experience. Hear from them directly in the video below!

Advice from Industry Navigators

How do I make the most out of my internship experience?

“Keep an ongoing log of your accomplishments/completed projects to assist with class Express gratitude. While interning is a lot of work for you, it’s often a significant time commitment for the supervising staff as well. Thanking people for their time and expertise throughout your experience will go a long way, as will sending a thank you email or handwritten note at the end of your internship.”

“Get connected with the local professional associations’ leadership in the organization are connected to.”

“Do not wait until the end of the internship to give feedback, ask questions, or raise concerns to the C2 Hub! We are here to support you. We don’t know if something isn’t quite right unless you tell us.”

Student Conflict Resolution Services

While we anticipate your internship being an excellent experience, conflict is often unavoidable. Rather than let this disrupt your internship, use it as an opportunity to work on your conflict resolution skills. Below is an overview of a helpful resource provided to students who are experiencing such conflict.