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Career Services works closely with the Center for Inclusion and Social Change to address first-generation students’ career development needs. Career development advisors can assist with specialized resumes, cover letters, preparing for interviews, and internship/job search strategies, as well as the graduate school application process.

Career Development Advisors are here to support you in all things career-related. Individual counseling sessions can be arranged to discuss career exploration and decision making, resume writing, cover letters, experiential learning, work and study abroad programs, job hunting, mock interviews, and considering graduate school. You can always meet with a Career Development Advisor for anything, even general career questions.

An internship is a position that allows you to gain experience in the field of work you are interested in. Typically the position allows you to develop new skills and offers both training and supervision.

Check out the Find a Job or Internship section of our website or visit Handshake, the job posting site for CU Boulder students and alumni, to view internship listings. In addition to using online job search tools, try networking at any of our upcoming events and career fairs. Create an account on LinkedIn to start connecting with CU Boulder Alumni and others you've met while networking.

Networking is not about asking everyone you know for a job but instead, asking for general job search advice, information, tips, and referrals. To start building your professional network during your first couple of years at the CU Boulder, brainstorm a list of previous teachers, current professors, career advisors, academic advisors, family, friends, and co-workers – often, your network is larger than you initially imagined! Setting up an informational interview with local businesses could help expand your network too.

Job Search and Workplace Resources for First Generation Students

First Gen Nonprofits: Provides a list (by state) of nonprofit organizations that primarily support low income and/or first-generation students.

I'm First: An online community celebrating, guiding, and inspiring first-generation students through college and onto their careers.

On Campus Resources for First Generation Students

CU Education Abroad Program: Resources for first-generation students interested in studying abroad.

Cultural Unity & Engagement Center:  Provides support and resources with special focus given to underrepresented populations on the University of Colorado Boulder campus.

Center for First-Year StudentsAll first-year students, irrespective of declared major, will spend their first semesters on campus working with a first-year academic advisor.

Student Academic Success Center: Multi-cultural academic learning community, serving low income and first-generation college students with academic skills development, math and writing courses, supplementary instruction in gateway courses, tutoring, pre-collegiate opportunities and graduate research opportunities.