Benefits of Participating

Your college experience does not have to be confined to campus. Through the Shriver Center at UMBC and its internship, co-op, and research programs, you have the opportunity to step outside the boundaries of the classroom and experience the real world.

What is an internship?
As an Intern, you have the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom within a professional environment. Internships can be part-time or full-time positions where you work at least 120 hours over the course of the semester (8-10 hours per week). While interning, you will gain valuable experience, can choose to obtain academic credit, and can even get paid!

What is a co-op?
With a Co-op, you will gain more than just experience. While alternating semesters between full-time work and full-time study, you’ll make money, build your network and oftentimes obtain a non-competitive job offer in advance of graduation.

What is research?
Student- or faculty-generated inquiry structured to address questions pertinent to your academic field of interest.  Students must dedicate at least 120 hours over the course of a semester to the topic.  Experiences may also (but are not required to) earn academic credit, may be paid or unpaid, and may occur at UMBC or another institution.  Research experiences are always mentored and students are encouraged to sharing their findings in a public forum (e.g., URCAD, UMBC Review, etc.).

Benefits of Participating

  • Gain work experience in your major that will make you stand-out from your peers
  • Strengthen your resume
  • Obtain upper level academic credit or specialized transcript notations
  • Develop a professional network
  • Reflect on your professional strengths & your future career
  • Earn money for internships, co-ops, or research
  • Enhance your social consciousness & civic literacy