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E XPERIENTIAL L EARNING C ENTER U n i v e r s i t y o f C o l o r a d o D e n v e r … Serving as a Trusted Resource Bridging Academic Learning with Professional.

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1 E XPERIENTIAL L EARNING C ENTER U n i v e r s i t y o f C o l o r a d o D e n v e r … Serving as a Trusted Resource Bridging Academic Learning with Professional Experience Turn Speakers On ** Speaker notes can be viewed on the left-hand side ** E XPERIENTIAL L EARNING C ENTER

2 U n i v e r s i t y o f C o l o r a d o D e n v e r B Y T HE E ND O F T HIS P RESENTATION... You will better understand: Whether you want an Internship or a Co-op Eligibility requirements Available resources Next steps …

3 E XPERIENTIAL L EARNING C ENTER U n i v e r s i t y o f C o l o r a d o D e n v e r B ENEFITS O F I NTERNSHIPS & C O-OPS Improve your marketability upon graduation Develop new professional skills and abilities Improve your knowledge of career choices and working environments Build valuable connections for networking Prepare for transition to the working world or graduate school

4 E XPERIENTIAL L EARNING C ENTER U n i v e r s i t y o f C o l o r a d o D e n v e r I NTERNSHIPS A ND C OOPERATIVE E DUCATION (C O-OP ) EXPERIENCES An Internship is an academic experience Takes place in a professional setting Student ALWAYS earns academic credit May be paid or unpaid Minimum GPA of 2.75 Minimum of 10 weeks A Co-op is a UCD sponsored education-related work experience Takes place in a professional setting Student NEVER earns academic credit Is always PAID Minimum GPA of 2.0 BOTH Internships and Co-ops are: Coordinated through the Experiential Learning Center (The ELC) Must have a UCD approved Learning Agreement in place before you begin working

5 E XPERIENTIAL L EARNING C ENTER U n i v e r s i t y o f C o l o r a d o D e n v e r I NTERNSHIPS Carefully designed and monitored – 1 semester (10 week minimum) work & learning experience – Either paid or unpaid (determined by employer) – Documented learning objectives – Site Supervisor & Faculty Sponsor – Performance evaluation and grade Educational experience – Related to your field of study Integrate classroom knowledge with practical work experience – Hands-on, real-life work experiences – Exposure to professional environment

6 E XPERIENTIAL L EARNING C ENTER U n i v e r s i t y o f C o l o r a d o D e n v e r R EGISTERING Y OUR I NTERNSHIP Once you secure an internship, contact your Internship and Co-op Advisor to go over the Learning Agreement. ** Internships must be added before the semester Drop/Add deadline **

7 E XPERIENTIAL L EARNING C ENTER U n i v e r s i t y o f C o l o r a d o D e n v e r C O-OPS Education-related, work experience program where students integrate academic coursework with relevant work experience in a professional environment Requires a UCD approved Learning Agreement before you begin working Not listed on transcripts and do NOT earn academic credit Always PAID work experience and can last multiple semesters Require a performance evaluation at the end of each semester Available in all fields, especially Engineering & Business

8 E XPERIENTIAL L EARNING C ENTER U n i v e r s i t y o f C o l o r a d o D e n v e r R EGISTERING Y OUR C O-OP Once you secure an co-op, contact your Internship and Co-op Advisor to go over the Learning Agreement.

9 E XPERIENTIAL L EARNING C ENTER U n i v e r s i t y o f C o l o r a d o D e n v e r S EARCHING F OR A N I NTERNSHIP /C O-OP Experiential Learning Center Resources – InternLink – Over 600 registered employers – Your Internship and Co-op Advisor – Your Personal Network – Professional Associations/Student Chapters – Attend Job Fairs – Create A Targeted Employer List – Conduct Informational Interviews

10 E XPERIENTIAL L EARNING C ENTER U n i v e r s i t y o f C o l o r a d o D e n v e r S ITE V ISITS: A N O PPORTUNITY F OR U S T O S EE Y OU I N A CTION ! Arapahoe County Coroner Health and Safety Live Nation Bentley Lab - Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Department of Environmental Bessie’s HopeUCD Virology LabThe Integer Group

11 E XPERIENTIAL L EARNING C ENTER U n i v e r s i t y o f C o l o r a d o D e n v e r R EADY, S ET, G O! … Register on InternLink Schedule an appointment with your Internship and Co- op Advisor: define your goals Update & Review your resume Upload resume and other documents to InternLink Apply for internships/co-ops

12 E XPERIENTIAL L EARNING C ENTER U n i v e r s i t y o f C o l o r a d o D e n v e r Q UESTIONS ? International students must view another presentation to see their additional responsibilities. Register for InternLink International Students The Experiential Learning Center Tivoli 260


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