Workforce development

The CEDC offers several workforce development programs. Companies who offer traditional internships can recruit directly through the College to access students in advance of hiring timelines across industry. Partners can also build intentional pipelines of future employees through co-operative educational programming and on-campus apprenticeships. The co-op program is a year-long experience where students work on-site for their employer, typically but not exclusively in their senior year. CEDC staff can help recruit and train students to enter co-op positions and offer opportunities to train new hires and their supervisors in Design Innovation. On-campus apprenticeships are similar to co-op, but students do sponsored work on the UC Denver campus and are paid through the university, rather than through the sponsoring organization’s payroll. Students are then covered by the University’s workers compensation and supervised jointly between the organization and a CEDC staff or faculty member. The College hosts up to 20 apprenticeships per year, employing students across many disciplines. The students work on industry sponsored projects with supervision from high level design experts and build professional level portfolios to help them launch vibrant careers.

Our Experiential Learning Center and our Career Center (together called LynxConnect) also support partners in their on-campus recruitment, including customized recruiting packages, job fairs, and on-campus interviewing. Partners can post positions on-campus for free through these offices, as well as through the CEDC. More on LynxConnect.