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There’s more to college than what you can learn in a textbook. This summer, broaden your social, civic, and global views about community, country, and the world.

Summer special programs feature courses focusing on real issues that impact communities and societies. Civic engagement, service learning, internships and research opportunities are available to complement coursework. Start in the classroom – then make a meaningful contribution beyond it.

Learning Beyond the Classroom:

Undergraduate Research

Project-based summer courses will provide humanities and social science research opportunities based on relevant course topics. Students will learn effective research and documentation strategies and have an opportunity to present their findings. View the list of courses utilizing experiential learning.

Summer Service Learning

Make a meaningful contribution through service learning. Education, environmental, food and housing support, healthcare and mental health placements are available.

Community-Based Internship Scholarship

The Office of Summer, Winter and Special Programs will offer summer scholarships to UMBC students enrolled in a Special Programs summer course who also participate in a summer internship with a community-based agency or organization. The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and fees for up to three (3) summer internship credits.

This is a unique program for undergraduate students who want to earn summer credits, have a passion for civic and community engagement, and would like to make a difference in the community.

Internship Scholarship eligibility requirements
You must:

  • Be a UMBC degree-seeking undergraduate student
  • Register in at least one Special Programs course in Summer Session 2018
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50
  • Identify a summer internship placement, then contact the UMBC Career Center ( for assistance with registering for internship credit. (Your eligibility for internship credit will depend on your major and the department's requirements.)
  • Submit an application, including a personal statement of interest (200-400 words)

Internship placements must meet the following requirements:

  • Non-profit or city/county/state/federally affiliated
  • Organization that address the needs and/or issues that affect local communities

Since internship scholarships are awarded through a selection process and based on the number of students who apply, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee a scholarship.

The deadline to apply for the community-based internship scholarship was May 15. Selection results will be sent to each applicant via email no later than May 25.