Bright Futures Initiative: 'Unpaid Internship' Scholarship Fund

Summer 2019 Application Now Available
Deadline to Apply: Monday, April 22, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

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 2019 internship with a non-profit organization or government agency, 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 2019 semester, who have an unpaid internship for summer 2019, are eligible to apply. Graduating seniors (May 2019 & August 2019) are not eligible. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors graduating in December 2019. 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 the summer and completed by Friday, August 23, 2019.
  • Supervised by a professional in the field.

To Apply (Deadline: Monday, April 22, 2019)

If you have immediate questions about the Bright Futures application process, contact:

Natalie Sullivan
Experiential Learning Advisor

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


students have been awarded Bright Futures scholarships since it was created in 2009