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 significantly more likely to have secured post-graduation plans within 6-months of graduation and often make 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.

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

Pioneer Careers – Job & Internship Posting System
UCAN Internships – National Internship Database
Undergraduate Research Center – Build research experience for graduate schools or careers.
Center for Community Engagement to Advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL) – Community engagement experiences
Project XITE – Experiences for entrepreneurial minded learners

Career Advisor Appointments | Schedule online via Pioneer Careers or by calling 303.871.2150.

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

Career & Internship Fairs | 1-2 dates each quarter
Meet employers actively seeking undergraduate and graduate students for positions within their organization. Visit Pioneer Careers for the current listing of events.

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

By Heidi J. Perman
Heidi J. Perman Assistant Vice Chancellor, Career & Professional Development