What is an internship?

An internship is a paid or unpaid work position for a company, full or part-time during the school year or summer. For most internships the university is not involved and no credit is received. If a student wishes to apply for an internship for credit they can receive up to 3 credits of free elective for a paid or unpaid full-time internship experience. Please see this page for information about this program:  https://www.colorado.edu/activelearningprogram/professional-learning/internshipco-op-credit 

Internships may be arranged with the help of CU Boulder’s career services or independently. International internships are an option for students pursuing an International Engineering Certificate.

How do I get one?

Having a solid resume and knowing how to search for positions 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 information on 

Begin your search by logging on to Handshake, which provides access to internship and post-graduate career opportunities. To sign up for your free Handshake account, visit the career services website.

How do I get an international internship?

International internships are available to students who participate in the International Engineering Certificate Program. Visit the International Engineering Certificate page for information.

What is Handshake?

Handshake is the main posting site for internships, professional opportunities, and on-campus interview information. In Handshake you can:

  • Search for internships and jobs that have been posted for CU Boulder students and alumni
  • Sign up for on-campus interviews with companies from across the nation
  • Set up job agents to automatically email you about openings that meet your criteria
  • Search a database of 12,000+ companies to research employers interested in hiring you
  • Keep up to date on all Career Services events, including employer presentations, employer panels, and career fairs

Once you're in the Handshake system, you’ll receive weekly e-mails about internships, career fairs, application deadlines for on-campus interviews, and special presentations.