Internship Information

BTC supports engaging, relevant internship opportunities. Students can take advantage of the University of Maryland’s proximity to our nation’s capital, the state house in Annapolis, or Baltimore for their internship semester. They may even do an internship abroad.

Here are some of our students' internship stories:


Internship Requirement

All Beyond the Classroom students are required to complete an internship during their second semester in the program. The following guidlines apply to the internship:

  • Internships must be with a nonprofit, non-governmental organization (NGO), civil society organization, or governmental organization.
  • Students may do internships domestically or abroad.

Students are also required to take a one credit seminar (UNIV326) to encourage critical thinking about the internship experience. The seminar may be taken concurrently with the internship OR the semester after the internship (for example, students who complete their internships over the summer may take the internship class the following fall).

Students are given the option (it is not required) to register for internship credit with Beyond the Classroom at UNIV378 for one to three credits, based on the number of hours completed in the internship, total:

  • 45-89 hours total = 1 credit
  • 90-134 hours total = 2 credits
  • 135+ hours total = 3 credits

Internship Searching Resources

Start your search using our campus and on-line resources listed below.  We encourage you to set up a metting with our staff in 1104 South Campus Commons, Building 1 to explore possible internship opportunities. Email btcinfo@umd.edu for more information and to set up an appointment.

LinkedIn provides a page dedicated to searching for available internships via location and other filters. The site allows you to identify personal connections in each job posting, know if a company has a history of hiring people like you, and find out who you will work with if you get the internship.

Idealist.org hosts a search engine for internships, volunteer opportunities, and jobs with nonprofit and governmental agencies both in the United States and abroad. 

Careers4Terps, the University Career Center's job searching database, provides tools and resources for undergraduate students as they prepare to find internships and jobs. Career fairs, resume and cover-letter writing workshops, on-campus interviews, employer information sessions, and personal career advising appointments are available year round.

The Washington Post Jobs page offers a comprehensive digest of jobs available in the DC Metro area, and allows job seekers to filter out internships or to search for positions in specified cities.

Intern City is a guide to interning in Washington, DC. Sponsored by the Washington Post, this site offers a wealth of information and resources for undergraduate interns.

InternMatch is a comprehensive internship site that includes internship postings and career guidance tools (such as resume templates, cover letter samples, and interview tips). Many of the organizations and positions are focused on positive social change and activism.

Indeed is a search engine for job postings. Enter in an area of interest and a location, and the engine finds all the jobs posted by the keyword. Internships can be filtered from search results 

Beyond the Classroom Internship Experiences

BTC students have had engaging, relevant internships with the following organizations:

  • AARP
  • A Wider Circle
  • America Reads * America Counts
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Baltimore City Public Defenders Office
  • Camp Umoja
  • Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)
  • Center for Community Schools
  • Center for Young Children, University of Maryland
  • Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN)
  • Citizens for Global Solutions
  • Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (CSPAC)
  • Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County
  • Congressional Research Service (CRS)
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Environmental Defense
  • Green Ghana Project (Ghana, West Africa)
  • Greenpeace
  • Handicap International USA
  • The Hudson Institute
  • KaBoom
  • The Kennedy Center for the Arts
  • Maryland Association for Non-Profits
  • The Maryland State Medical Society (MedChi)
  • Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
  • Montgomery County Abused Persons Program
  • Montgomery County Crisis Hotline
  • National Center on Homelessness and Poverty
  • NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland
  • Progressive Maryland
  • The Rape, Abust, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
  • Reading Partners
  • Reporters Without Borders
  • The Samaritan Women
  • The Saylor Foundation
  • Search for Common Ground
  • Sierra Club
  • Smithsonian Institution, Museum of African Art
  • Suicide Prevention Action Network
  • Washington Adventist Hospital
  • Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)
  • Whitman-Walker Clinic