Our active learning program allows you to enhance your knowledge, skills, and understanding through practical experience. It's your opportunity to gain experience in exciting, interesting settings - whether locally or around the globe - while kicking your personal and professional development up a notch through opportunities that can earn you credit hours or wages. Active learning experiences can include working with faculty members so you can see whether a career in academia is right for you; serving those around you via K-12 teaching or tutoring, or taking part in projects for the public good; or even getting a head start on your professional career through co-ops and internships.
Colorado Space Grant Consortium
The Colorado Space Grant Consortium, where students design and build real-world satellites, many of which have been launched by NASA or the U.S. Air Force. Students from a variety of majors help out with these projects, and many have paid positions.
Engineering Honors Program
The Engineering Honors Program brings together students and faculty who are ambitious without being competitive with each other, committed to the success of others without sacrificing their own achievements, and who enjoy engineering without being defined by it. We are a community of 300 individuals that excel at math and science, but we are also a diverse group that includes musicians, artists, gourmet cooks, ROTC cadets, writers, athletes and student leaders with various goals. Some of those goals are to become engineers, development workers, educators, entrepreneurs, medical doctors, professors, researchers and environmental policy makers. We are housed in the Andrews Hall Residential College in the Kittredge Residential Community at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Engineering Leadership Program
Engineers create things that make the world a better place and are essential in a wide range of fields. You'll need excellent communication and leadership skills to solve the complex problems of our society. Tomorrow’s leaders must understand and practice global collaboration, sustainability, innovation, ethics, integrity, judgment, and moral courage. Through the Engineering Leadership Program, students study, experience, and observe leadership to prepare them to be future leaders. You can earn an engineering leadership certificate upon graduation.
Engineering for Developing Communities
We provide paths for engineers to enter the field of development engineering or to simply understand better the key facets of global challenges that they will face in a traditional position within a multinational engineering firm. The Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities combines classroom work, research and development, and real world, on-the-ground experience to train engineers to work in partnership with organizations in developing communities worldwide. Our goal is to create sustainable and appropriate solutions to meet people's basic needs.
First-Year Engineering Projects Course
The college's First-Year Engineering Projects Course allows students to put engineering theory into practice early in their undergraduate career. Students work together on developing projects such as assistive technology for people with disabilities and interactive exhibits for museums and schools.
Herbst Program of Humanities
Since 1989, the Herbst Program has equipped engineering students with the right tools to gain intelligent and relevant access to the great ongoing conversations of human existence. Our core classes are small (12-14), highly interactive and practical. We emphasize the development of communication and thinking skills that will enhance both your life and your career. As a program of applied humanities, we wrestle with how a more skillful engagement of literature, philosophy, film, drama, music, and art can enrich, inform, transform and enliven how we choose to engage ourselves, others and our world. All Herbst classes count toward Humanities and Social Sciences requirements in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
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.
Senior Design Projects
Engineering students in their senior year can apply their engineering skills to a project. Over the course of one or two academic semesters, student teams work on a capstone project, many of which are commissioned by industry or government sponsors. You'll learn to apply the many things you've learned. Completed senior design projects are showcased each spring at the Engineering Design Expo.
CU Engineering offers numerous study abroad options all around the globe. Some programs are as short as two weeks in duration, and others can take you abroad for a full academic year. You can take courses in English or in a foreign language of your choice, and you can even study abroad more than once and in multiple locations!