Student Internships

Internships are temporary positions with organizations, businesses, or departments that are designed to provide on-the-job training and skill building within the student's field of study. Students can earn academic credit by completing an internship, and in some cases they are paid for the work and projects they complete. Studies have shown that internships are not only valuable to educational experiences, but they also provide a foundation of knowledge which can aid in future employment. Furthermore, participating in an internship ultimately provides an opportunity to apply what is learned in the classroom to real-world situations.

Earning Academic Credit for Internships

Students may earn academic credit by completing a paid or unpaid internship. In order to earn academic credit for an internship, students must contact the internship coordinator within their discipline to coordinate the process and enroll in the internship.

Finding Internship Opportunities

Students can learn about internship opportunities by: 

  • Contacting the internship coordinator within their discipline
  • Utilizing the CMU Career Services Center
  • Registering for and using Handshake, an online resource that helps connect CMU students with organization or business for jobs and internships
  • Approaching the organization or business with whom they want to intern directly

Information for Organizations, Businesses and Departments Seeking Interns

If you are an organization or business looking for the opportunity to shape the next generation of professionals, please contact the appropriate department internship coordinator below and/or CMU Career Services. Career Services can work to connect you with students through e-mails and through notifications on Handshake, our online platform that connects businesses with students. Once you have registered on Handshake, you can post internships and jobs on the platform to recruit CMU students.

For employer guidelines regarding internships, please see our Internship Information for Companies handout.

Colorado Mesa University Internship Contact Information

For information on how to use Handshake to post internships and review candidates, please contact Career Services at 970.248.1404.

*CMU Internship Coordinators may not be available during the summer.  If you cannot reach a faculty member, please contact the appropriate Academic Department*

CMU Internship Coordinators at CMU (in alphabetical order by discipline):

Addiction Studies

Bob Lang | 970.248.1765

Agricultural Science

Brigitte Sundermann | 970.255.2700

Art and Design

Suzie Garner | 970.248.1444

Biological Sciences

Carrie McVean Waring | 970.248.1165


Deb Parman | 970.248.1170

Chemistry and Physics

James Ayers | 970.248.1575 

Computer Science

Scott Kessler | 970.248.1673

Construction Management

Troy Miller | 970.248.1551

Culinary Arts/Baking and Pastry Arts

Wayne Smith | 970.255.2633

Criminal Justice

Katie Dreiling | 970.248.1645

Michael Delaney | 970.248.1301

John Reece | 970.248.1541


Scott Kessler | 970.248.1673


Tiffany Kinney | 970.248.1056

Environmental Sciences

Deb Kennard  | 970.248.1895

Exercise Science

Jill Cordova | 970.248.1715

Kristin Heumann | 970.248.1763

Carmine Grieco | 970.248.1635

Forensic Anthropology

Melissa Connor | 970.248.1219


Verner Johnson | 970.248.1672

Health Sciences

Kelly Coffin | 970.248.1774


Jessica Herrick | 970.248.1932


Jill Cordova | 970.248.1715

Kristin Heumann | 970.248.1763

Carmine Grieco | 970.248.1635

Mass Communication

James Perez | 970.248.1072

Mathematics and Statistics

Phil Gustafson | 970.248.1176 

Political Science

Justin Gollob | 970.248.1279


Jake Jones | 970.248.1254

Social Work

Jessica Herrick | 970.248.1932


Brenda Wilhelm | 970.248.1429


Tyler Anderson | 970.248.1067

Sport Management

Jill Cordova | 970.248.1715

Kristin Heumann | 970.248.1763

Carmine Grieco | 970.248.1635

Teacher Education

Blake Bickman | 970.248.1729 


Mo Lamee | 970.248.1242

Viticulture and Enology

Brigitte Sundermann | 970.255.2700 

Western Colorado Community College

Brigitte Sundermann | 970.255.2700 

Wildland Fire Management

 Brigitte Sundermann | 970.255.2700