Students in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, and Technology must complete 3 steps to achieve enrollment in an internship course.   The standard internship is for 3 credits = 150 hours (50 per credit) of work with the employer, during the Academic semester dates.  Credits needed can vary and your Academic Advisor can guide you as to how many you need to graduate.

Not sure if an internship is right for you?  Click here to compare the Field Experience (489) class / group project consulting to an individual internship or other experiential learning options like Prior Learning Credit or Study Abroad to complete your Experiential Learning Requirement for graduation.  


STEP 1: GET PREPARED FOR YOUR INTERNSHIP COURSE ENROLLMENT PROCESS

TASK 1: Contact your Academic Advisor to verify the semester of Academic Eligibility for your Internship Course and get added to the waitlist for that semester. Eligibility means a 2.3 GPA or above for undergrads, 3.0 for grad students, and classes taken in the proper order.  You remain on the Wait-list (at ZERO credits) until the position you are selected for makes it through the approval process - see STEP 3 below.

TASK 2: Upload your résumé to your Handshake account - it needs to be in "Reviewed" status for you to find success in sending it to employers.  If you get a "Changes Suggested" response, use the feedback provided and / or contact your Career Coach immediately for 1:1 assistance.  Your résumé will be more competitive when updated with current industry expectations, and that could positively affect your ability to obtain interviews.

UPLOAD YOUR RÉSUMÉ TO HANDSHAKE                       SCHEDULE APPOINTMENTS W/ YOUR CAREER COACH

TASK 3: Attend an Internship Workshop with your assigned Internship Manager - "Not qualified to join" will show if you attempt to attend the workshop of a different Internship Manager.  Sport Management students only need to do this once.  Workshops are good for one calendar year.  Download this sheet to capture important details during your workshop; you will need to refer back to the information you fill in on page two throughout your process.

REGISTER FOR AN INTERNSHIP WORKSHOP                  CONTACT INTERNSHIP MANAGER or CAREER COACH

TASK 4: Respond to the Post Internship Workshop Survey – You only gain access to this required survey after attending your assigned Internship Manager's Workshop. You will receive the survey via email from Handshake and must complete it to gain access to the Report an Internship / Experience Request portion of the website in STEP 3 below. 


STEP 2: SEARCH FOR POSITIONS, APPLY, INTERVIEW & BE SELECTED! 

It is your responsibility to find an internship relating to your major. It is more important than ever to use all methods available to connect to employers locally, remotely across the country, and internationally.  There are several options to help:

OPTION 1: Internship Managers partner with Employers to increase Internship postings in Handshake. There are a wide variety of active Internships for all majors across the United States:  Use your course code from your degree plan to filter the 2000+ opportunities, using the Labled By Your School filter.

FIND POSITIONS ON HANDSHAKE

OPTION 2: Attend DU Career Fairs & other Career Services Events virtually or in-person to meet with various employers and ask them about potential Internships.  Look at the events relevant to your degree from Employers and other schools too.   

VIEW CAREER FAIRS & EVENTS

OPTION 3: Search specific Employer websites, use additional resources below & search engines like LinkedIn, Google for "Jobs" and Indeed.com: 

In Additional Resources below, the Internship Site History tells you where other DU students have interned before. Use the Internship Guide for your internship class to understand what work you should do on your internship.  You can share the Guide for your internship with prospective Employers who are interested in creating a position just for you.  Enjoy less competition by developing your own. 

VIEW THE JOB SEARCH SECTION OF THE CAREER GUIDE

Sport Management Students:  TeamWork Online is an option that has been added to support you in seeking sport opportunities in larger markets across the nation.  

OPTION 4:  Study Abroad class, SABR381, is an option to substitute for the following internship courses:  Human Resources - HRMG490, Legal - LEGL490, Marketing - MKTG490, International Business Management - MGMT490I, Sport Management - SPMG290 & SPMG390.  Click here for more Study Abroad information.  *Different deadlines and processes apply for SABR381.


STEP 3: REPORT YOUR INTERNSHIP WITHIN 3 BUSINESS DAYS OF ACCEPTING IT AND NO LATER THAN THE APPROPRIATE SEMESTER DEADLINE: 

WINTER SEMESTER: DECEMBER 15
SPRING/SUMMER SEMESTER:        APRIL 15
FALL SEMESTER:  AUGUST 15
  1. Report your internship position EARLY to ensure it gets approved in time for course registration
  2. Students only gain access to this reporting feature in Handshake after attending a workshop and completing the Post Internship Workshop Survey as required in STEP 1 above
  3. Navigate to the "Experiences" tab in Handshake and "Request an Experience"
  4. Check on the progress of your internship approval within your Handshake Experience at any time
  5. You can contact your Internship Manager by leaving messages in the comments section of your reported experience

REPORT YOUR POSITION IN HANDSHAKE                       CONTACT YOUR INTERNSHIP MANAGER