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.
This process does NOT apply to practicum students in College of Health Professions or College of Urban Education. Master's in Mental Health Counselling will follow this same process for their 100-hour practicum and both required 300-hour internships.
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. You remain on the waitlist (at ZERO credits) until the position you are selected for makes it through the approval process - see STEP 3 below.
TASK 2: Meet with your Career Coach & 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.
TASK 3: Complete the required Online Internship Workshop PREP101 in Blackboard. You will only be able to access the Online Internship Workshop course (PREP101) after you have been waitlisted by your advisor. This is visible one semester before you start your internship. Contact your Career Coach if you would like earlier access.
TASK 4: Respond to the Post Internship Workshop Survey – You only gain access to this required survey after completing the Online Internship Workshop. You 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. Use all methods available to connect to employers locally, remotely across the country, and internationally. There are several options to help:
OPTION 1: Career coaches 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 the highlighted key words in your Internship Guide, linked below, then by course - to search for opportunities related to your degree and industry. Keywords and location settings will help you to filter the 2000+ listings, down to a honed list for you to work through.
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.
OPTION 3: Search specific Employer websites, use additional resources below & search engines like LinkedIn, Google for "Jobs" and Indeed.com:
OPTION 4: Study Abroad class, SABR381, is an option to substitute for multiple internship courses. Click here for up to date Study Abroad information. *Different deadlines, fees 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:
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- Submit your internship position EARLY to ensure it gets approved in time for course registration
- Students only gain access to this reporting feature in Handshake after the Post Internship Workshop (PREP101) Survey as required in STEP 1 above
- In Handshake, navigate to the Career Center tab and click "Experiences" to "Submit an Experience"
- You can message your Career Coach in the comments section of your submitted experience