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Creating Opportunities

Create a meaningful opportunity for your Work U student. It all starts with a solid foundation.

The best opportunities provide professional immersion and prepare students for the work they hope to do after graduating from college.

Students accepted into Work U are matched with an opportunity based on their interests and goals and don’t need to possess any prior experience or specific skills. They work about 10 hours per week with a mentor from your organization and participate in classroom activities where we provide coaching and professional development.

Creating Your Opportunity

What makes a good opportunity?

A successful Work U opportunity has a mix of “I know how to do this” and “I am learning new skills” that allows students to develop specific resume-building skills.

It’s important that each opportunity is open to students from a variety of academic majors. We have found that employers receive the most interest when they don’t specify a particular major and instead focus on the skills and traits they are seeking in applicants.

What students are looking for:

  • Real work assignments (not making coffee and photocopies)
  • A mentor
  • To be included
  • A work station
  • Feedback

You’ll help students gain:

  • Confidence and clarity on their professional future
  • New skills working on meaningful projects that contribute to the department
  • Real world experience to add to their resume
  • A chance to build their professional network

Writing Your Opportunity Description

Your opportunity description should include:

  • Department name and how many students are requested
  • Brief overview of the department
  • Two or three traits you are seeking in a Work U student
  • Two or three qualities the student can develop

Download the Work U Opportunity Description Guidance and Template (Word document) for additional guidance and example opportunity descriptions.

If you have questions, need assistance, or would like your description reviewed before you submit it, contact Hank Ebert at or (208) 426-5415.

Submitting Your Opportunity

Submitting a New Opportunity

  1. New Work U partners and individuals who have never prepared Work U opportunity descriptions should contact Hank Ebert at (208) 426-5415 before submitting them.
  2. You may find it helpful to look at the current Work U opportunity descriptions on our website for additional examples as of you create your opportunities.
  3. Fill out the Work U Opportunity Application (Google form) to submit your opportunity.

Resubmitting a Previous Opportunity

If you have already participated in the Work U program and wish to resubmit a previous Work U opportunity, email and tell us that you want to submit the same opportunity description. We will assume the same mentor, same mentor contact info, and same opportunity description content unless you tell us otherwise.


Fall 2022 opportunities must be submitted by February 25.

When submitting your opportunity, you also have the option to request that same opportunity be used again for spring 2023 so that you don’t have to resubmit it next semester.

Get Assistance

Hank Ebert, our Experiential Learning Employer Relations Representative, is here to help! He can assist you with determining if Work U is the right fit for you, help you create your opportunity, or answer any questions you have about the process. Contact him at or (208) 426-5415.

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