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UMGC's Virtual InternPLUS Fair Information Sessions

Shuruq M. Alfawair
By Shuruq M. Alfawair

We are excited to announce the Information Session schedule for UMGC’s inaugural Virtual InternPLUS Fair on September 29, 2023. If you are seeking an entry-level role, internship, or flexible ways to gain experience around a busy schedule to build your resume, this event is for you! Please note, registration is required to attend.

Register to learn about pathways for obtaining workforce-relevant experience that enable you to be competitive in the job market, from virtual job simulations, paid micro-internships, federal opportunities for students and recent graduates with disabilities, and more. These sessions will be held concurrently in a video roundtable format from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET.

Below is the list of organizational representatives who will be live to discuss these unique programs and pathways with you.

Gain Experience with Leading Companies via Virtual Job Simulations 

Forage is on a mission to provide students from diverse backgrounds with the opportunity to upskill and secure promising careers. They pioneered the concept of virtual work experiences, offering students worldwide an exclusive look into the inner workings of top global companies, all completely free and self-paced. With a student-centric approach, Forage places a strong emphasis on breaking down barriers to career opportunities. Their innovative approach has made students up to five times more employable, making Forage a catalyst for change in the world of education and employment.

Connect with Companies Seeking Candidates with Diverse Backgrounds & Experiences

hellohive is a virtual recruiting platform that connects companies to one community of committed next-generation talent that represents an ever-evolving range of self-identified diverse backgrounds and experiences. Hive’s community includes current college students, recent graduates seeking entry-level positions, and early career applicants.

Build Your Resume with Paid Micro-Internships

Parker Dewey is a platform that connects college students and recent graduates with short-term, freelance, or micro-internship opportunities at various companies. These opportunities allow students to gain real-world work experience, develop skills, and build their resumes while providing businesses with ways to access talented young professionals. Parker Dewey aims to bridge the gap between education and employment by offering flexible, project-based work that benefits both students and employers.

Grow Your Network and Professional Development with Student Organizations

UMGC’s student organizations aim to provide members with professional growth, leadership development, and a sense of community. They include academic-focused groups where students can engage with career-related topics and opportunities and interest-based groups that provide students with ways to support and connect with each other through a shared purpose. Students can find a majority of the student organizations’ virtual communities along with some informal groups within CareerQuest Groups (UMGC’s platform for career resources) and on Facebook Groups.

Earn Course Credit for New Work Experiences

If you are an undergraduate student pursuing your first bachelor’s degree, you may be eligible to earn credit for upper-level courses by demonstrating new skills obtained on the job while studying at UMGC via Workplace Learning. During this session, you’ll learn how to enter a learning agreement with your employer/supervisor and a faculty mentor to apply classroom theory to a real-world professional project.

Connect with Companies Embracing Neurodiversity

Specialisterne is an internationally recognized leader in harnessing the talents of people on the autism spectrum and other neurodivergent people by providing them with the opportunity to sustain meaningful employment. For over a decade, Specialisterne has developed hiring and management practices to help increase the neurodiversity of the global workforce. We are working to prove the business value of hiring people who think and communicate differently and initiate meaningful careers.

Explore Federal Jobs & Internships for Student and Recent Graduates with Disabilities 

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private-sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to demonstrate their abilities in the workplace through seasonal or permanent jobs.

Explore the Federal Sector through Student Virtual Internships 

The Virtual Student Federal Service connects the talents of U.S. citizen college students with the needs of federal agencies. Since 2009, more than 10,000 remote interns have advanced the work of the federal government. The time commitment is about 10 hours per week from Fall to late Spring. There are opportunities for all majors, from data visualization to political analysis. Internships are unpaid but may be eligible for course credit.

In addition to these information sessions, Virtual InternPLUS Fair attendees can visit employer booths, where company representatives will be available to chat live regarding current internship and entry-level opportunities from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET on September 29. Learn more about participating employers here. If you are seeking an entry-level role, internship, or flexible ways to gain experience around a busy schedule to build your resume, register today!

Interested in exploring additional InternPLUS opportunities to build your resume? Simply head over to CareerQuest today and select the InternPLUS tab to learn more.

Shuruq Alfawair is a member of UMGC's Career Services team, serving as the Employer Relations Coordinator. Her role involves fostering employer partnerships for Career Services events. Over the last two years, Shuruq has cultivated relationships with employers in both the public and private.