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Financing Your Internship

Scholarship opportunities are available through and off-campus to help fund unpaid internships!

Bright Futures Initiative: 'Unpaid Internship' Scholarship Fund

Bright Futures Promotional image featuring details about the scholarship.

The summer 2023 application is opening on April 3rd!  

The application deadline is May 8 at 5 pm.

The Bright Futures Initiative awards students with need-based scholarships ranging from $100-$1,000 to help offset expenses incurred during unpaid internships. Scholarships are generously funded by the Eisen Family, the University Career Center & The President’s Promise, and individual donors through Maryland Giving Day.  

If you want to contribute financially to the Bright Futures Initiative, please visit

2022 Bright Futures Scholarship Testimonials

Other Scholarships Available for Unpaid Internships Through University of Maryland:

A 13-page comprehensive scholarship listing available to UMD undergraduate students is available here.

External to University of Maryland:

Check professional associations in your field(s) of interest to see if they offer awards or scholarships for students

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