Success Stories

Last summer, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to intern with the Human Rights Campaign at their national headquarters in Washington, DC.
Written by Owen Kahn
Major: Government & Politics/History Double Major
Year: Second
Written by Nicole Marfo


Growing up, I believed the only way to save lives through healthcare was by becoming a doctor and treating patients.

I used to feel intimidated while job and internship searching because of the amount of resources I would have to sort through. As a transfer student, my first semester at UMD was full of scavenger hunts and mind games of how to navigate adulthood and the campus. I transferred as a junior and immediately thought I was behind at planning and internship searching. After what seemed like my one hundred and  fifth attempt at finding a spring internship, I walked into the University Career Center and Ms. Erica Ely saved me.

The Bright Futures 'Unpaid Internship' Scholarship awards students with need-based scholarships ranging from $250-$1,250 to help offset expenses incurred during unpaid internships. If you're an undergraduate student who has secured an unpaid summer 2017 internship with a non-profit organization or government agency, you are eligible to apply!  This semester's deadline falls on April 24 at 5 p.m. (not midnight!).