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Internship Experiences

Internships enable you to gain experience in careers that you may be considering for your post-graduate plans. Your internship experience may present new career interests and pathways or may direct you in the completely opposite direction from which you originally planned.

Find out some companies and organizations where past and current ARHU students have interned, as well as additional information about internships. Although this listing is not comprehensive, it will give you some ideas for possible internship locations.

Where have ARHU students interned?

ARHU students have interned in a wide range of organizations including:

CNNBaltimore SymphonyLockheed MartinEdelman
NBC News WashingtonJohn F. Kennedy CenterHuman Rights CampaignSirius XM
DiscoveryRowman & LittlefieldNickelodeonNASA
Fleishman HillardJohnson & JohnsonU.S. Department of State9:30 Club
World Wildlife FundWalt Disney StudiosWolf Trap FoundationE!

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Internship FAQ

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How do I find an internship?

You may search organizations from the list above, discuss options with a departmental advisor or the University Career Center @ ARHU, search in Careers4Terps on the Career Center website or check out the ARHU listserv each Friday when internship announcements are posted. The Career Center also holds "How to Find an Internship" workshops several times a semester as well as panels related to internships in certain fields (i.e., internships in the Federal government, internships abroad, etc.). Please visit the Career Center's full calendar of events to find the latest information about upcoming internship workshops and panels.

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When should I do an internship?

You are eligible to earn [internship credits] after you complete at least 12 credits at UMD (as long as your campus GPA is at least a 2.5). If you are not seeking credit, you may pursue an internship at any time.

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How many internships can I do?

You may earn up to 12 [internship credits] toward graduation. Additional internships may be pursued without credit, or you can enroll in UNIV 099 for a formal transcript notation of your internship experience.

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Is this a “work for credit” experience?

No, the University of Maryland does not offer “work for credit” experiences. Students who are enrolled in [internship courses] for academic credit are expected to complete all academic assignments and meet established deadlines for the duration of the semester.

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Can I get paid and earn credit?

Yes; it is okay to get paid and earn [academic credit]. ARHU encourages all students interning with for-profit companies to seek payment.

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Can I get credit for an unpaid internship?

Yes; as long as you meet the minimum academic requirements and your internship meets the eligibility requirements (minimum 135 hours on site, non-clerical in nature, etc) you are eligible for [academic credit].

Please be aware of the Fair Labor Standards Act with regard to unpaid internships at for-profit companies.

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Do I have to earn credit for my internship?

No, students are not required to earn academic credit for internship experiences. However, some students find it helpful to [sign up for credit] so they have both professional and academic guidance to support their internship experience. Additionally, please note that some employers do require that students be registered for academic credit in order to participate in the internship.

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How long can my internship last?

Internship durations can vary with your personal and professional goals—they can be as short as one week and as long as a year (or more). To earn [academic credit], however, students must earn a minimum of 135 hours on site, and are usually limited to a summer or single semester.

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