The Career Center Internship Guide

An academic internship is a form of experiential education that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting.

Internship for Credit

  • Internships are not required for most academic programs, but are encouraged by CSU and the Career Center.
  • Internship requirements and employer responsibilities are established by academic departments for credit-bearing internships.
  • Credit is awarded to the student by the department rather than the employer upon successful completion of the internship.
  • Internships last an average of 10-12 weeks and can range from 1-3 credit hours. Students pay tuition for credits earned.
  • Employers may be contacted or encounter a site visit from the internship coordinator.
  • When considering unpaid internships, confirm that they qualify under Department of Labor guidelines.
  • International students may be eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) internships or Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Career Center Resources

  • The Career Center Employer Connections Team is available for employer consultations to help employers navigate CSU in the creation of internship programs.
    • Lucinda Van Inwagen, Senior Employer Connections Manager | lucinda.vaninwagen@colostate.edu| 970-491-5707
    • Matt Leland, Employer Connections Manager| matt.leland@colostate.edu | 970-491-0617

Services We Offer

Market Your Internship Opportunity

  • Access the Career Center’s Handshake job posting system to post your internship opportunity
  • Participate in CSU career fairs and other Career Center sponsored events and activities

Set Up On-Campus Interviews

  •  Work with the On-Campus Interview Coordinator to communicate with the students regarding interview logistics
  • Utilize interview rooms available in the Career Center

Guidance

  • Clearly outline your selection process and timeframe with each student you interview
  • Contact every student that you interview regarding his/her status in a timely fashion
  • Clearly communicate the next steps to the intern–official offer letter, orientation logistics, start date, etc.
  • Respond to students not selected within timeframe; keep in contact for potential future opportunities