Career Connections for Students

CAP offers dedicated career support for students across our undergraduate and graduate programs. From tailored support on preparing application materials, building a job or internship search strategy, and facilitating connections to our amazing professional community, you have no shortage of support to achieve your career goals as a CAP student.

Career Resources Contact

Your primary career resource is CAP’s Director of Professional Development & Internships, Jen Skidmore, M.A. (they/them).

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Jen Skidmore

Director Of Professional Development and Internships

Handshake Job Board

CU Denver and CAP use Handshake as the hub that connects you to jobs, internships, and employers both locally and across the country. Start your job or internship search by registering for Handshake and setting up your profile.

To access Handshake, click the button below to access the platform and sign in using your university credentials.

Internships and Jobs

Meaningful student work provides experiential learning that integrates academic experience with practical application and skills development in a professional setting before graduation. Internships and ongoing employment afford CAP students valuable applied experience and settings in which to make professional connections, setting you up for greater career outcomes whatever you choose to do with your degree.

Find an Internship or Job

  • Begin your search with Handshake. This is where employers recruiting from CAP post their openings.
  • Check professional organization websites, LinkedIn, and other industry-related career sites.
  • Attend the CAP Career Fair, held each year in February.
  • Utilize LynxConnect, CU Denver’s Career Center, for assistance with your resume, cover letter, networking, and other job search services.

When should I plan to get an internship?

The answer is different for everyone, but in general, your coursework progress especially around design is a good indicator of your preparedness. For CAP undergraduates, you might want to consider having 2-3 studios nearing completion. For CAP graduate students, this depends on your prior degree, past internships (and whether they were inside or outside of the industry), and completion of 1-2 studios.

Internships For Credit

Students can choose to use their internship for academic credit for 3-6 credit hours, depending on the academic program. Internships count toward elective credit at the regular tuition rates. To receive 3 credit hours, you must complete 135 work hours. These hours must be documented by your employer. The Master of Urban Design (MUD) degree does not have an internship for credit option.

Graduate Students 

  • If you’ve secured an internship and would like to receive academic credit for that experience, please complete the Internship Application at least two weeks prior to the term you wish to receive credit. If your internship proposal is approved, your Academic Advisor will notify you to register for the course. 
  • MURP Students: Contact Jennifer Steffel Johnson to receive credit for an internship.
  • NOTE: MURP and MUD do not currently offer academic credit for internships. Please contact your department for questions.

Undergraduate Students 

Internships are valuable experiences that help you explore your field of interest, strengthen your skills, and greatly increase your employability before you even graduate – all while being paid! All CAP students are strongly encouraged to seek internships even if they are not utilizing them for academic credit. 

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