Work U | Education + Experience

Work U brings education and experience together to give you a pathway to career success.

Build professional experience, skills and networking into your university experience. Work U matches you with an employer, mentor and project that fits your goals and gives you an idea of what path your career can take. You’ll gain the skills and confidence necessary for initial success in any industry.

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Open to students in all majors

Students in majors that do not lead to specific careers are strongly encouraged to consider Work U. It is a great opportunity to apply what you are learning to a professional environment and explore different industries and jobs.

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Time Commitment

10 hours per week on site at partner employer (arranged between your mentor and you) plus class time focused on coaching and professional development. Classes meet Friday, 10:30-11:45 a.m.

3 credit hours

Receive academic credit during your Work U experience.

“Being a part of the Work U team is one of the best experiences I have had during my time at Boise State, and I would encourage everyone to be a part of this great program.”
– Kirsten Crow, Health Science and Leadership


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Relevant resume material

You’ll be given a specific, measurable project with direct impact to the organization you are working for. And when it’s all said and done, you’ll have great material to include on your resume.

Valuable professional skills

Weekly classroom time gives you the chance to “unpack” your workplace experience while receiving coaching and professional development from Boise State instructors. You’ll gain communication, critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and leadership skills

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A professional network

Work side by side with a professional mentor. Your mentor will look for and create opportunities for you to network across their organization and will connect you with people that can tell you more about professional pursuits that interest you.

A foundation for a successful career

Experience workforce demands, learn and live key success principles and adopt a professional mindset. With the skills and confidence you gain through Work U, you’ll be ready to dive into your career.

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