Employer Internships

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A successful internship program provides your company with an experienced pool of candidates; full of fresh ideas and excitement; who are familiar with your organizations’ products, services and culture. One of the most popular reasons why employers initiate an internship program is to use the process to “test-drive” job candidates before offering permanent employment.

Employers can benefit from student internships as much as students themselves. By coordinating efforts with the Mines Career Center and the student, employers can find technically skilled employees to benefit their organization. Internships normally last 8 – 12 weeks, are hands-on, related to the field of study, and are of course always paid. Internships do not have associated college credit.

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Cooperative Education

The Cooperative Education experience differs from an internship in that it is more in-depth, requires a minimum of six months of full-time work, and paid students can submit an extensive report for academic credit. This longer term of employment allows the employer many benefits including the assignment of extended projects with greater responsibility, and the ability to observe the student’s abilities and fit with the team.

For more information, email Rebecca Martinez at rebeccamartinez@mines.edu

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Job Shadowing

Job shadowing provides for a win-win situation for many employers and students. Job shadowing can last anywhere from a half day up to two weeks. Job shadowing is a valuable opportunity for students with limited availability, allowing them to shadow a designated engineer, manager, or scientist in their field of study that allows them to learn about individual companies, positions, and work-flows. Organizations can use these opportunities to brand their company, preview students, and determine if there might be a future fit.


The Colorado School of Mines Career Center is committed to embracing the inclusion and diversity of our campus community, thereby creating equal opportunity for everyone.  We feel that acknowledging, respecting, and promoting each student and graduate, with their distinctive combination of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or military service, and socioeconomic background, brings a creative, innovative and valued new workforce to our family of employers.

Those with accessibility accommodations or support needs are encouraged to contact L. Jane Cain at 303-273-3233, lcain@mines.edu.