Your college experience should not be confined to campus. Through the Global Studies major at UMBC, you have the opportunity to step outside the boundaries of the classroom and experience the real world through internship and service-learning opportunities. This will be an essential component of your development of global competence.
What is an internship?
As an intern, you have the opportunity to apply what you have 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 or summer (at least 8-10 hours per week). While interning, you will gain valuable experience, can obtain academic credit via Global Studies, and can even get paid!
To obtain assistance with your internship search, including resume preparation, please stop by the Shriver Center office in Public Policy.
Directions to the Shriver Center
What is service-learning?
Service-learning enages students in a weekly service with designated placement. Through a sustained partnership, students build relationships with those whom they serve. Service-learning also allows students the opportunity to enage in formal and informal reflections on their service, which allows students to truly connect their service with their learning.
Benefits of Participating in Experiential Learning
- Gain experience in your major that will make you stand out from your peers
- Experience the ramifications of globalization first-hand
- Strengthen your resume
- Obtain upper level academic credit or specialized transcript notations
- Develop a professional network
- Reflect on your professional strengths and your future career
- Potentially earn money for internships, co-ops, or research
- Enhance your social consciousness, civic literacy and global awareness
How to get started
Plan on attending the Global Studies Information Session on September 11th from 12:00 to 12:50 in PUP 206 to learn more about the major, including the coordination of internship and experiential learning opportunities through UMBCs Shriver and Career Services Centers. If you have already completed 30 hours of college credits and need more immediate input on this component, please contact Dr. Devin Hagerty or Dr. Brigid Starkey for further information.