Success Stories

Written by: Zachary Sener

Last summer, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to intern with the Human Rights Campaign at their national headquarters in Washington, DC. HRC is the nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights group, that consistently leads the way in the fight for full LGBTQ equality both in the U.S. and abroad.

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!).