Internship credit is an excellent way to tie a professional experience with your academic career here at CU Boulder. Internships for credit can help you reflect, gain skills and work toward your degree while gaining professional experience.
Before pursuing internship credit, consider the following:
As a result of COVID-19, guidelines for in-person internships have changed:
In-person internships sponsored by CU Boulder departments and programs were suspended in March 2020 when in-person instruction was suspended.
In-person internships may resume for fall 2020 if:
If CU Boulder moves to remote-only instruction at any point during the semester, then in-person internships must also be suspended, whether or not they are attached to course credit. It is also permissible for employers to conduct an internship entirely remotely or move an internship from in-person to remote participation at any time.
Alternative credit opportunities
If you are unable to get credit through your major and your employer requires credit, you can sign up for an extra credit internship class through Career Services, CSVC 1000. This is a one-credit, pass/fail class that does not under any circumstances count toward your graduation requirements. The only requirement for this course is that you must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours during the semester that you participate in the internship (or for summer internships, you must be enrolled in 12 credits during the following fall semester).
For information on CSVC 1000, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Center for the American West
The Center for the American West offers internship opportunities for CU Boulder undergraduate juniors and seniors to work for public and private organizations on projects that deal with Western topics and issues and offer professional training for the student. These three-credit hour internships foster students’ development as community leaders working for a sustainable West.
CU in D.C.
The CU in D.C. program gives CU Boulder undergraduate students the opportunity to put classroom learning into real world action. Participants spend time living, studying, and interning in the nation’s capital. They gain practical work experience by doing a professional internship in the daytime, and they continue their coursework by taking CU Boulder classes in the evening. Students grow personally, professionally, and intellectually and say that CU in D.C. is a formative and rich college experience.
Education Abroad provides students with the opportunity to combine experiential learning and academic theory as a means to gain professional experience and to develop a new perspective on a career field. You will experience what it's like to navigate work culture in your host country and have the chance to expand your international network all while earning academic credit.
Students who participate in the two-year INVST Program are able to access a Community Leadership Internship for credit. This skills-training course develops students' competencies as community leaders working for a just and sustainable world. Under the supervision of the instructor and a community partner, students learn organizational and leadership skills by serving as volunteer staff at community-based organizations. First-hand experience provides students with a deepened understanding of the complex issues facing humanity. Learners are exposed to solution-based strategies for positive change.
President’s Leadership Class
President’s Leadership Class students are required to complete one Applied Learning Experience and the accompanying course during their undergraduate career.