Internships at CU Denver
Participating in a college internship is one of the most beneficial things a student can do. Not only can you add it to your resume, but it gives you real world experience in the field before you’ve earned the degree. Here are five of the greatest benefits to interning:
- Experience – The first thing that comes to mind and the reason most people take an internship is the experience. A valuable internship offers insights into a field that you just can’t get by sitting in a classroom, and being able to use your classroom knowledge on the job means you’re more likely to retain it.
- Networking – When you intern, you are coming in contact with people who will probably still be in the field when you graduate, meaning that if you make a good impression during your internship, you’re more likely to be offered a job or weighty recommendation later.
- Your Resume – Sure, you can type up that you’ve been an intern, but what’s even better is being able to use your experience as a talking point in job interviews. Why just say you’re a hard worker when you can tell the story of how you rose against all odds to complete a project before the deadline and impressed your manager.
- Confirmation – You won’t know until you try; an internship will give you the best idea of what your future career will be like. Whether you love your internship experience or not so much, it will get you one step closer to finding your ideal job.
- Course Credit – At CU Denver, you can earn course credit for your internship because the learning you do there is just as valuable as the learning you do on campus
Whatever your major is, an internship can be a great learning experience and help you on your way to success. Curious? Click here to learn more about internships at CU Denver.
What is the Experiential Learning Center?
CU Denver is not your average university. If you’re looking for a unique college experience, this is the place for you. Sure we have a variety of degree options, a state-of-the-art campus and leading instructors, but one major thing that sets us apart from other major universities is our Experiential Learning Center.
What is the Experiential Learning Center? Well, according to our website, “The Experiential Learning Center at CU Denver works closely with students, faculty, employers and community partners to provide quality experiential learning opportunities that enhance academic learning, integrate theory and practice, and promote professional development and activate citizenship.”
That’s a pretty good definition, but the ELC is so much more than that. To put it in simpler terms, the ELC is where you go to gain hands-on experience and connect with top businesses in the city. How do we do this? One way is through internships.
All college students need to complete a few internships during their academic journey. By getting an internship, you will learn about a career field from the inside, which helps you decide if it’s the right field for you. Internships are not only a great way to meet future employers, but also a great way to develop new skills, gain knowledge and build confidence in your own abilities.
The Experiential Learning Center includes a variety of activities with one common goal – to immerse students in hands-on learning outside the classroom where your experience is at the heart of the learning process. Learn more about the ELC here.
Geek Out Over Chemistry
At CU Denver, our Department of Chemistry offers a minor in chemistry, Bachelor of Science degrees, and Master’s degrees in chemistry. It’s safe to say that here at CU Denver, we love science.
Often called the “central science”, a chemistry background is a powerful tool to launch you into your career. A degree in chemistry provides a solid foundation for further study in other related fields such as biochemistry, pharmacology, environmental science, geology and chemical engineering, all of which require a substantial chemistry background. Chemistry also provides a solid background for medicine and related fields such as dentistry and pharmacy.
Earning your chemistry degree is anything but boring. Our faculty members in the Chemistry Department are committed to bringing both professional experience and academic know-how to the classroom. Professors and instructors often work to stay relevant and groundbreaking by continuing to advance their fields through research and outcome-driven projects. Many are nationally and internationally recognized for their work. Learn more about our faculty here.
If you’re looking for a hands-on experience, consider CU Denver for your chemistry degree. For more information about our Department of Chemistry, click here.
Internships and Research = Resume and Application Builder
A lot of students come to college and expect to breeze through, grab their degree and have a job waiting for them. I hate to break it to you but that’s not how is works. If a student wants a job waiting for them, they have to do so much more with their collegiate career. To go along with a student’s academic career, many take internships, volunteer work, undergraduate research, and community involvement. Imagine how much better your resume will look with those on it!
CU Denver offers all of those opportunities. These positions can either boost your name and resume in a job market or put you above and beyond others in the brutal application process known as Medical School Admission. It is obvious that these can help you, but how do you obtain these positions?
Let me tell you how I got my internship. I am going to start with one word: Networking. It all started when I injured my knee playing basketball, which forced me to see my doctor. I was able to talk to my doctor at the physical therapy clinic and he suggested I start shadowing and working with him to see the other end of the doctor-patient relationship. I took his advice and ended up gaining an internship with the clinic. My internship involves doing a lot of simple therapy techniques on willing patients such as ultrasound therapy and learning the business of running a small clinic. My story is a great example of how networking can help in obtaining an internship or undergraduate research position.
If you think you need help in the networking category, then we actually have an entire office dedicated in helping students find those internships, undergraduate research positions and community involvement. How convenient is that? This office is called the Experiential Learning Center. The ELC offers orientations to help guide you through picking a position and even has a whole database of positions for you to apply to! You will have your own advisor as you go through the process of applying, resume writing, cover letter help and even interview help if the position calls for it. They are there to make sure that your resume or application for jobs or graduate school look amazing!
The days of just taking classes, grabbing your degree from the chancellor on a nice, spring day and having a job waiting for you are over. But CU Denver has the resources and the tools you need to have a successful college experience that will lead to a career.
Mel – Senior Biology Student at CU Denver