Experiential Learning

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!

Examples of internship opportunities include:
United States Department of State
International Rescue Committee
World Relief

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.