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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.


  • 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>

What is Career Link?

Career Link is an online system hosted by MSU Denver Classroom to Career (C2) Hub where students can manage their career planning and search for employment opportunities. You can:

  • 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
  • Apply for internship credit



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?

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].


Virtual Drop-ins: Zoom

Note: drop-in hours for Spring 2022 have been suspended,


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.


Why Should I Do an Internship for Credit?

If you are already planning on doing an internship, you should consider doing it for academic credit. Depending on your major and degree plan, you may be able to enroll in internship credit in place of a different required course. Internship courses are all upper-division credits, so some students are able to meet that requirement using an internship class. Consult with your academic and faculty advisors about how internship credit could fit into your degree plan.

If you are doing an unpaid internship, we highly recommend that you take your internship for credit. Registering for internship credit provides students doing unpaid internships with the University’s worker’s compensation coverage, which provides insurance coverage the event that you become ill or injured as a result of performing your internship duties. Many health insurance plans don’t cover workplace accidents, so worker’s compensation coverage is important. Some employers also require that students have worker’s compensation coverage through their college.

How do you get credit for your internship? The Application for Academic Credit, housed in Career Link and coordinated by the C2 Hub, is used for students seeking credit for their internship. This process is designed to ensure that the student, employer, and academic department are all on the same page regarding the internship: duties, learning objectives, hours, pay, academic assignments, etc. Students can register for internship credit after applying and being fully approved by the C2 Hub, employer/site supervisor, and faculty supervisor.



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Starting the Application Process for Internship Credit

In Career Link, select ‘Internship Credit’ in the left menu.

If this is the first time you have applied for credit, you will be taken to a page of application instructions where you will complete some acknowledgments.

After submitting the instructions page, you can begin your Application for Credit by clicking ‘Add New’.

You will be asked for information about the internship including:

  • Your Supervisor’s Contact Information
  • Date of the Internship
  • Compensation (if applicable)
  • Credit Information
  • Internship Duties
  • Learning Objectives

Please be sure that you have specific learning objectives related to your academic program. You can always save it as a draft and come back to finish if you do not have all the information. See the Department’s Credit Policy Sheet for details.

Once you have completed all the required fields, you will need to sign off and click the ‘Submit’ button.

After you submit, the form will go to the C2 Hub, the employer, and then the academic department for their approval. Please keep an eye on your MSU Denver email, as the C2 Hub or your faculty member may have questions about your application.

After everyone has approved the application, you will be notified about how to register for the credit. You can view the completed document in Career Link at any time throughout the semester.

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.