- Last Updated on Friday September 20, 2013
There are many opportunities for Scholars to develop valuable, practical learning experiences by securing internships. These provide a way to explore different career fields related to academic majors or interests, including learning as part of a community organization. Below, you'll find resources to enhance the search for meaningful internships.
Starting On Campus and in Scholars
Among the advantages of being a part of a large university is the great selection of programs to facilitate valuable career, internship, and engagement experiences. Read about the value of internships and identify opportunities at www.internships.umd.edu. The University Career Center’s Web site is a smart place to begin a search, and the Career Center provides students with on-campus interviewing, resume referral, and various job listings by way of Careers4Terps, the Career Center’s online database of jobs and internships. Students should visit the Career Center sooner rather than later.
The student FYI listserv is sent out daily over the University’s e-mail system and frequently conveys updates on internships and other opportunities from various internal and external outlets. The College Park Scholars weekly email to all Scholars also contains university-wide updates on career and internship-related activities.
Networking with College Park Scholars alumni can provide a foundation for many students who wish to pursue particular fields but are not sure where to begin. The College Park Scholars Alumni Club (CPSAC) maintains a Web site that includes a networking feature to put alumni in touch with one another.
Most colleges maintain internship information, including lists of known internships, ways to earn credit toward your major with an internship, and guidance for interns:
Agriculture and Natural Resources: http://agnr.umd.edu/careers/internships
Architecture, Planning, and Preservation: http://arch.umd.edu/students/career_resources/job_searching.cfm
Arts and Humanities: http://www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/getinvolved/internships
Behavioral and Social Sciences: http://www.bsos.umd.edu/students/internships
Robert H. Smith School of Business: http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/programs/undergraduate-programs/academics/internship-credit-information
Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences: http://cmns.umd.edu/undergraduate/research-internships
A. James Clark School of Engineering: http://coop.eng.umd.edu/
Philip Merrill College of Journalism: http://merrill.umd.edu/career/career-home
School of Public Health: http://sph.umd.edu/studentservices/current_students/internships/index.cfm
Off Campus Experiences and Resources
We are surrounded by valuable internships down the road in our nation's capital. The federal government offers experiences in a wide range of fields, providing valuable skills and networks for the future. Even if career plans don't include public service, the benefits of working in local, state, or federal government should never be overlooked. Also, our proximity to Annapolis makes is easier to see state governance in action.
Many of the links above direct to internship listings with government sectors including federal, foreign service, intelligence, local, military, overseas, public policy, and state governments.
The Federal Semester
This program provides students with a close look at the formation of federal policy in Washington. Beginning with a seminar, students learn about the creation and application of federal policy in a topical area. Using this seminar as the cornerstone for the program, along with two additional courses, students take knowledge gained in the classroom and apply it through a policy internship in the federal government or a related organization. To learn more and apply, please visit The Federal Semester.
Internships in the State Department
Learning experiences in the State Department provide students valuable knowledge for a potential career in foreign affairs. Interns work in a professional capacity on a wide variety of issues managed by the U.S. Department of State and its overseas missions. To learn more and apply, please visit the State Department Web site.
Internships in the U.S. Congress
Interning in Congressional Offices is a great way to begin a career in the public sector or simply to gain meaningful insight into the democratic process by viewing and analyzing the Senate and the House of Representatives as these bodies function on a daily basis. Most Member of Congress offer internships in both their local offices and in D.C. To learn more or apply for internships online, you can visit one of the selected internships below:
In addition to the large number of government agencies, nonprofits, and NGOs in our region, we are close to embassies from almost every nation in the world. Consider browsing consular Web sites of nations of interest to you and look for internship opportunities. There are many, and this as a very good way to simultaneously build global competencies and international professional experience.
Additional Resources for Internships
For more information about navigating internship opportunities in College Park Scholars, please contact: