Bright Futures Initiative: 'Unpaid Internship' Scholarship Fund

Summer 2021 Application is Now Closed.
Information about Summer 2022 will be provided at a later date.

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 are an undergraduate student who has secured an unpaid summer internship with a non-profit organization or government office, you are eligible to apply. Additional eligibility details for summer 2022 internships will be provided at a later date.

Should a student participate in-person at an internship site, then adherence to current state and local COVID-19 directives, and CDC guidelines is required.  Also, should such a student elect to continue in-person at the internship, it is done at the student's own risk.

Please review this webpage dedicated to internship guidance during COVID-19.


If you are interested in financially contributing to the Bright Futures Initiative, please visit

Bright Futures student testimonial

Bright Futures student testimonial

Other Scholarships Available for Unpaid Internships

Through University of Maryland:

Check with your academic advisor or college office to see if there is any special funding available.

External to University of Maryland:

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