Substantial Growth in Student Career Engagement

Students talking to alum at networking event.As part of the University of Denver strategic plan, IMPACT 2025, our Career & Professional Development team on campus is actively working to grow student engagement with career development so that students have the tools needed to be ready for internships and full-time opportunities in your organizations.

In the past two years, our student-facing team has grown undergraduate student engagement in career development activities from an estimated 35% to 58% with a long-term goal of engaging 90% of students annually. For context, about 50% of students on a national level report that the utilize career services by graduation. Our growth shows that DU students are motivated and eager to take the necessary steps to secure and succeed in jobs and internships.

To achieve this tremendous growth, the team has rolled out Career Achievement Milestones that ensure students are taking steps to be career ready throughout their undergraduate experience. Additionally, the career team is actively integrating career development into the campus culture by bringing career training directly into student employment, classrooms, and large student organizations. Last, the team is increasing student comfort with professional communication by bringing networking events to campus so students can meet alumni and employers in the comfort of their campus community.

We encourage your voice and participation as we bring new opportunities to the campus and hope you will register for the pre-scheduled events that make sense for your organization. If you would like to discuss a tailored approach that is outside of what is being offered currently, please reach out to 303.871.JOBS or email

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