Bright Futures Initiative: 'Unpaid Internship' Scholarship Fund

Apply for the Bright Futures 'Unpaid Internship' Scholarship here.
Deadline to Apply: Monday, April 26, 2021

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 2021 internship with a non-profit organization or government office, you are eligible to apply. Additional eligibility details are provided below.

Eligible Candidates
All registered University of Maryland, College Park undergraduate students returning to campus for the fall 2021 semester, who have an unpaid internship for summer 2021, are eligible to apply. Graduating seniors are not eligible. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors graduating in December. Preference will also be given to those who have not previously received this scholarship. 

In order for your internship to qualify for funding support, it must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Unpaid on-campus or off-campus internship with a non-profit organization or government agency.
  • Offered during summer 2021 and completed by the start of the fall 2021 semester.
  • Supervised by a professional in the field.
  • Our Supervisor Agreement form completed and submitted by your internship supervisor.  Download & save this document onto your computer - do not fill out in the web browser or it will not save properly.

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 have questions about the Bright Futures application process, contact:

Erin Callahan
University Career Center & The President's Promise 

At this time, Bright Futures scholarships are only available for unpaid summer internships.

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