Whether you are entering the workforce for the first time, transitioning to a new career field, or looking to move up in your current career, you need relevant experience to be competitive in the job market. However, a typical internship opportunity may not fit the schedule and/or lifestyle of many UMGC students.  To assist you, University of Maryland Global Campus has created InternPLUS, a resource to help you identify flexible and creative ways to gain experience to reach your next professional goal.  

Through InternPLUS, UMGC's Career Services team is collaborating with numerous employers to develop unique work and experiential learning opportunities. InternPLUS features a wide array of resources for finding these resume-enhancing experiences. Examples of InternPLUS opportunities include:  

  • Project-based experiences  
  • Virtual experiences  
  • Volunteer positions  
  • Part-time and full-time internships  
  • Temporary positions 
  • Recent graduate positions 

InternPLUS contains both paid and unpaid work experiences with government agencies, for-profit companies, and nonprofit organizations. This resource is available to all UMGC students and alumni. Take the InternPLUS Navigator Quiz to learn which InternPLUS opportunity may be best for you. 

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About Internships

There are several different types of internships including paid, unpaid/volunteer, and cooperative education (also known as co-op or for-credit). Employers determine whether or not they are able to pay their interns; however, they must abide by the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act.  More information about these standards can be on the U.S. Department of Labor website.

For-Credit Internships

Undergraduate UMGC students may be eligible to obtain credit for internships. These opportunities are often called cooperative education, or co-ops, and can also be referred to as internships, externships, and temporary or part-time jobs.   

Career Services does not oversee for-credit internships or co-ops. These are coordinated by the Workplace Learning Program. To determine if you are eligible for a co-op, review the application process and deadlines in Workplace Learning. Although many co-op or Workplace Learning internships are unpaid, students are eligible to receive compensation when completing these experiences.