The University Career Center's popular Intern for a Day program has historically connected UMD students with alumni, parents, and employers for in-person job shadowing experiences to explore potential career fields.

For the fall 2020 semester, we are offering Intern for a Day Lite which will match UMD students with professionals working in a field of interest to conduct virtual informational interviews.  "Hosts" can live and work anywhere nationally and internationally.  This reimagined program takes the “cold calling” out of informational interviews and networking for students! 


How it Works:

  • Host registration is currently open until Friday, September 25, 2020.  We will post the host list on this website by Friday, October 2, 2020.
  • Students will complete a mandatory 20-minute online orientation to prepare them for the informational interview. Students can complete this orientation any time between Monday, October 5 through Sunday, October 11 and a direct link to the orientation will be provided on this website when it becomes available.
  • Students who completed the mandatory orientation will receive a link to the Intern for a Day Lite application on Monday, October 12, 2020.  In that application, students will be able to rank order their top "hosts" of interest.  Applications will be due by Sunday, October 18, 2020.
  • Staff from the University Career Center will conduct the matching process and hope to have matches out to students and hosts by the end of October!

Most questions about how the program works will be addressed in the mandatory online orientation.  Any other questions can be directed to


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