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Students attend the Fall Career Fair hosted by Career ServicesCU-Boulder Career Services offers students across all disciplines assistance in building career skills, searching for jobs and internships, and learning resume and interview presentation skills in order to prepare for success after graduation. In addition, the College of Engineering and Applied Science features a dedicated Career Services liaison to help students with industry-specific career questions, and hosts career events and workshops specifically for engineering students.

Engineering Contact
Crystal Ligon, Program Manager for Engineering Career Services, and Rae Brendecke, Career Counselor for Engineering Career Services, are available to help you understand who you are as a professional, helping you discover your interests, values, and strengths. They also work with you to gain confidence in communicating with employers, helping you develop:

  • Application materials, i.e. resumes, coverletters, and LinkedIn profiles
  • Interviewing skills and techniques
  • Skills to decide among multiple offers 
  • Salary negotiation skills
  • And much more

Presentations on these and other topics also are offered by Career Services. Drop-ins are 1-4 p.m. Monday throught Thursday at Engineering Career Services, Room ECST 128, Engineering Center; and 1:30-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the centralized Career Services , located at the Center for Community, Suite N352. You also can schedule an appointment by calling (303) 492-6541 or through CareerBuffs on

Career and Internship Fairs
Career Services organizes a Fall Career Fair in September. Approximately 180 local and national companies attend the fair to conduct preliminary screenings, accept student resumes, and arrange industry-based internships. In addition to the fall fair in September, Career Services coordinates the following other career fairs on campus throughout the academic year: Non-Profit Career Fair (November), Spring Career Fair (January), and Just-in-Time Hiring Fair (April).

Career Services organizes contacts between students and employers throughout the country, including small private enterprises, Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Employers offer three internship options: work one or more semesters full-time (called a "co-op"); work part-time with a local employer during the academic year; or work full-time during the summer. Students find their internships through career fairs, strategic networking (coaching provided by Career Services), on-campus employer events, online listings, and on-campus interviews.

Graduating students have the opportunity to interview on campus with a variety of employers in a supportive environment. Students also have access to hundreds of current position listings nationwide through Career Buffs, access to Career Services' database of over 12,000 employers, and their resumes are eligible for referrals to employers who request resumes.

Career Buffs
Career Services brings hundreds of potential employers to CU each year, both "live" and online. We coordinate six career and internship fairs, many employer presentations, 16 weeks of on-campus interviewing, and the Career Buffs system for job listings and interview schedules. Career Buffs is where you:

  • Search online listings for internships and jobs.
  • Sign up for on-campus interviews with companies from across the nation.
  • Set up job agents to alert you about openings that meet your criteria.
  • Access a database of over 12,000 employers that have recruited or hired CU-Boulder students.
  • View all Career Services events, including employer visits.
  • Never miss out on an internship or career-related opportunity again!

Once in Career Buffs, you will get weekly e-mail updates on internship and career fair dates, application deadlines for on-campus interviews, special presentations and other career-related events. To begin using Career Buffs:

  • Go to
  • Disable pop-up blockers on your computer before you register or log in.
  • "Click here to register" and fill out all required fields on that first screen. (You'll be asked to create user name and password.)
  • Click "register" and follow screen prompts to complete profile.
  • Click "continue" after all required info has been entered.
  • Click "submit profile." You will then be brought to the Career Buffs menu bar and can begin using your new account.


Call Career Services at 303-492-6541 for more information, or visit

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