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.
Your primary career resource is CAP’s Director of Professional Development & Internships, Jen Skidmore, M.A. (they/them).
Jen Skidmore (they/them) joined CAP with eight years of experience leading career services & internships in higher education. Jen's career has focused primarily on career coaching, professional development curriculum, fairs, and building programs that advance equity for marginalized students. Jen is driven by a passion for equity, access, and student success.
Jen's professional background includes working as the Career Services Coordinator and later as the Director of Student Development at the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s College of Engineering, supporting over 3,000 engineering students across three campuses. They also worked in the financial literacy realm promoting financial wellness coaching, trainings, programs, and best practices to students. They have additional experience in recruiting students to retention programs, building strong relationships and partnerships with employers, and leading DEI trainings.
The Ohio State University, 2012
Masters in Higher Education & Student Affairs
The University of Texas at Austin, 2010
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Minor in Biology
Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, 2016
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.
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
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.
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.