Milestone 3: Gain Experiences

Securing a high quality internship or professional experience that helps you develop the skills necessary for your future is a key step to preparing for your post-graduation goals.

We recommend that you target a position within a professional setting under the supervision of a practicing professional. This may include internships, research experiences, practicum roles, in-depth service learning or part-time professional experiences. Most importantly, choose an experience where you will truly push yourself and grow your skills!

Why Are Internships & Professional Experiences Important?

DU students that have completed an internship or professional experience are more likely to have secured post-graduation plans within 6-months of graduation and make, on average, $5,000 more in their first job after graduation! Additionally, 50% of employers report that they expect students to have 2 or more relevant experiences by graduation. Quality internships make you more marketable to both employers and graduate programs!

Events and Activities to Support this Milestone

Secure an internship or professional experience and let us know about the experience by entering it into your Pioneer Careers profile at

Sample resources to help you secure your internship or professional experience include:

Pioneer Careers – Job & Internship Posting System |

UCAN Intern – National Internship Database |
Select OCI and Job Listings, then UCAN Internships from the top listing.

Career Advisor Appointments | Schedule at or by calling 303.871.2150.

Undergraduate Job & Internship Search Preparation Class (LDRS 2911) | Begins Winter 2018

Sample events to help you secure your internship or professional experience include:

Career & Inernship Fairs | 1-2 dates each quarter
Meet employers actively seeking undergraduate and graduate students for positions within their organizaiton.

Internshipalooza | Winter Quarter
Attend this event to get tips on uncovering openings while also getting tips on effective application materials and interviewing effectively.

To learn more about the above events and to see additional major and college specific programs, visit

By Heidi Perman
Heidi Perman Executive Director, Career & Professional Development Heidi Perman