Career Services defines an internship as a hands-on, career-related experience that supplements classroom academic experience to enhance the student’s education. Internships can be paid or unpaid, and students may or may not receive credit for the experience.
Interns should participate in activities that mirror the professional activities of their supervisors rather than performing clerical tasks that would otherwise be performed by assistants. Internships must include orientation, training, ongoing supervision and evaluation. See sidebar for more information on posting your internship in Handshake.
We do not recommend that you require credit for internships because many students are not able to receive credit through their department. It is the intern’s responsibility to consult their academic department for guidance on receiving credit. If credit is required by you and a student is unable to receive it through their department, an alternative course has been set up through Career Services called CSVC 1000.
Disadvantages of requiring credit for unpaid internships
The PIIE program is designed to connect top students interested in civic engagement to internships with nonprofits and government agencies in the Denver/Boulder area. PIIE is the first of its kind among public universities in the nation and has become increasingly competitive every year.
Interested? Here are the requirements:
For more information on how to apply, please contact CU PIIE.
The CU PIIE advisory board reserves the right to refuse any internship based on the consensus of the committee.