About Internships, Co-ops and Research

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.  Participating in co-ops does require advance planning and special handling to maintain your student status.  Visit Participating in a Co-op for full details.

What is research?
Research opportunities are available both on and off campus. These experiences offer a unique way to better understand your academic interests while possibly discerning how graduate school may play a role in your future.

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
  • Enhance your social consciousness & civic literacy