Bright Futures Initiative: 'Unpaid Internship' Scholarship Funds
Summer 2018 Application Will Be Available on Monday, April 2, 2018
Deadline to Apply: Monday, April 23, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

The Bright Futures Initiative awards students with need-based scholarships ranging from $250-$1,250 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 2018 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 2018 semester, who have an unpaid internship for summer 2018, are eligible to apply. Graduating seniors (May 2018 & August 2018) are not eligible. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors graduating in December 2018. 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 24, 2018.
  • Supervised by a professional in the field.

To Apply (Deadline: Monday, April 23, 2018)

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

Hawi Bekele Bengessa
Experiential Learning Advisor

At this time, Bright Futures scholarships are only available for unpaid summer internships.  If you have an unpaid fall or spring internship and your internship is required for your major, talk to your department’s internship coordinator about the TRAIN scholarship through the Student Government Association (SGA).