The CEM program highly encourages all students to gain work experience in the industry. Work experience affords you the opportunity to apply concepts studied in the classroom, explore other aspects of the industry, and gain profession experience. The CEM program provides the CEM career fairs, information on networking, preparing resumes, finding opportunities, and interview prep.
Work experience. Work experience is defined as working in the construction related industry. That can include working for a general contractor, specialty contractor, a design firm, a related supply or technology company, a company providing CM services, or the project management/ construction management part of a government or municipal agency. The work can be during breaks or part time during the school semesters.
Internship. Students working towards a BS degree in CM or CEM are required to complete an internship within the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. The internship must be at least 3 months (12 weeks, 480 hours of work) of fulltime internship with an AEC industry or government agency. Typically, the internships would occur during the summer months of the junior to senior year.
This internship is worth 1 credit hour and will be listed as CEMT 4939 on your transcript. Internships are to be completed within the last 2 years (or 4 semesters) before graduation.
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International Graduate Student Internship. The CEM program can accommodate internships for international graduate students on some types of visas to allow them to gain work experience.
How to find a job
This webpage is designed to help you land a job, work experience opportunity, internship, and/or career in construction management and related areas. Employers could potentially be general contractors, specialty contractors, design firms, government agencies, and others.
Please start by working with the CU Denver Career Center. https://www.ucdenver.edu/lynxconnect/career-center
The information available on this webpage includes 3 videos, some example resumes, and other information. Start by watching video 1 and the resume review video. Then look at the example resumes and write, revise, update, etc. your resume. Video 2 focuses on networking, finding opportunities and interview prep. Note also the files on LinkedIn and Federal Resumes.
After you have written, revised, updated etc. your resume you may send it to me for additional help. I will also help you with interview preparation. Heidi Brothers - Heidi.email@example.com
Couple of clarifications for the “How to find a job video 1”. In this video, I had issues with screen sharing of the resume examples. So, there is another video that goes over the resume examples. In the video, I talk about internships from the perspective of the required CEMT 4939 for the BS in CEM and CM. Internships is a broad term that the design/construction industry uses for short, focused introductions to the work and the company. Typically, they are about 3 months in the summer and some companies have a very structured program. For example, GE Johnson brings all new interns in about the last week in May for a week or orientation and networking among the interns before being sent to their respective work locations. In general, all internships are paid.