An internship is a paid or unpaid work position for a company, full or part-time during the school year or summer, that is not administered by the college and results in no academic credit. Internships may be arranged with the help of CU-Boulder’s Career Services or independently. International internships are also an option for students who pursue an International Engineering Certificate.
Having a solid resume and knowing how to search for job postings are important first steps in landing an internship. Also, preparing for an interview and knowing what to expect can place you in the front of the pack. Visit the following links for more information on how to write a resume, internship and job search strategies, and preparing for an interview.
You can begin your internship search by logging on to Career Buffs, which provides access to current nationwide internship and post-graduate career opportunities. To sign up for your free Career Buffs account, please visit the Career Services website and follow the links to Career Buffs login and registration.
If you would like some personal assistance with your job search, you can set up an appointment with a Career Services counselor to discuss your internship options and explore different career paths. Employers tell us that they can tell which students have utilized Career Services, and that they typically do better in the interview process. You can also attend a Career Services Employer Presentation on campus where you can learn more about organizations and develop contacts. You also may wish to attend any of the three Career and Internship Fairs hosted by Career Services throughout the year. Students of all class levels are welcome to attend for free! Gather information about fields of interest and specific organizations, build your network of contacts, explore internship possibilities, and learn about post-graduate career opportunities.
Finally, make sure to talk to your professors to see if they are aware of opportunities. They are a great resource, too!
International internships are available to students who participate in the International Engineering Certificate Program. Certificates are currently available in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese. Students must take a minimum of three courses in language and two courses in culture or literature. For more information, please visit the International Engineering Certificate page on the CU Engineering International site.
We have a good deal of information from our students about how they found their internships, when they started, and how much they were paid. You can learn more by viewing our Internship Fast Facts page. Additionally, don't forget to learn more about other students' internship experiences by clicking the links in the "Meet Our Students" sidebar near the top of this page.
Career Buffs is the main job posting site for internships and part-time and full-time professional opportunities. Career Buffs is also the main source for on-campus interview information. In the Career Buffs system you can:
Once you're in the Career Buffs system, you will receive weekly e-mail updates on internship and career fair dates, application deadlines for on-campus interviews, special presentations and other career-related events. Plus, once you are signed up with Career Buffs, you'll receive a nifty printed nametag when you attend career and internship fairs!
Signing up is easy:
Do you want internship opportunities e-mailed to you? When you search for an internship on Career Buffs, you can choose "Create Job Agent" after your search to receive an email every time an internship is posted that matches your search criteria.
Engineering Career Counselor
Rachel Killam, Career Services
Internship Program Coordinator
International Engineering Internships
Academic Programs Coordinator
Keep up with the latest news about the college by reading the 2013 issue of CUEngineering magazine online.