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Internship Guide

DU Office of Experiential Learning

About Internships

What are Internships?

Great Opportunity Ahead

An internship is a commitment to yourself, your school, and your site:

  • On-site work experience with an organization and focused work content directly related to your degree program, career goals, and/or fields of interest.
  • Supervised work emphasizing learning beyond the classroom, inclusive of soft skills and technical skills.
  • Ongoing professional development via regular feedback and communication, culminating in reflection and evaluation of performance and growth by both student and employer.


When are Internships?


Internships Are:

  • Anytime, not for credit.
  • By the deadlines below, when you are seeking credit towards your degree.
  • Work schedule follows the Academic Calendar for each semester.

Yearly Internship Course Post-Workshop Survey / Application Deadlines

  • Fall = May 15th
  • Winter = September 15th
  • Spring / Summer = January 15th

**Note: You will need to attend an Internship Workshop in Blackboard Collaborate.  Schedule on Handshake. Then respond to the Post-Internship Workshop Survey.  Students only gain access to this required survey after they have attended an Internship Workshop.

Yearly Internship Request Experience / Selection Deadlines (if you made the first deadline on time)

  • Fall = July 15th
  • Winter = November 15th
  • Spring / Summer = March 15th

What is the Process?


The 3-Step Process / Deadlines:

  • Step 1: After your workshop, submit Post-Workshop Survey for your internship course.
  • Step 2: Search for positions, apply, interview, and be selected.
  • Step 3: After you accept and are committed to a site - report it by requesting your experience on Handshake.
    • Internship manager verifies the position and sees it through the approval process for course enrollment.

Find additional information on the Internships webpage.

Benefits of an Internship

Invest in Yourself

  • Trying out employers' environments and cultures before you commit long-term.
  • Having fun exploring the world of work!
  • Enhance your resume, references, and work experience.
  • Use specialized facilities and equipment on the job.
  • Receive on-the-job training, and experience industry first-hand.
  • Build a professional network within your field.
  • Continued internship work beyond your class semester.
  • Possibility of permanent work offers.
  • Enhanced success as a "new" employee.
  • Make informed career decisions.
  • Apply new skills and experiences to back the classroom as you complete your degree.