Below you'll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about internships, co‑ops, and the InternPLUS program at University of Maryland University College..
FAQs: Internships and Co-ops
Through InternPLUS, UMUC is collaborating with numerous employers to develop flexible and creative work experiences where students can gain experience in a competitive job market. Career changers and those new to the professional world can especially benefit from experience before graduation. Participation in InternPLUS can add real-world experience to your resume, expand your skillset, boost your confidence, and help you be more competitive in your career.
InternPLUS is available for all UMUC students and alumni. More information about InternPLUS can be found on CareerQuest.
Both internships and co-ops are opportunities for students to gain relevant experience before graduation. The terms are used differently by different organizations. If an employer is requiring credit for such an opportunity, undergraduate students may be eligible for Workplace Learning. Internships and co-ops may be paid or unpaid.
If you are changing careers or entering the professional world for the first time, it’s never too early to start gaining experience in your new field. Ideally, you should have something significant by the time you are halfway to three quarters of the way finished with your degree. You should definitely have some kind of relevant experience in your new field before you graduate.
You must be an undergraduate student and have completed at least 30 credits to participate in a co-op program (also known as the Workplace Learning program). If you have completed fewer than 30 credits, you can still take part in internships, but no credit will be awarded. Keep in mind that each employer has different requirements; some may only accept upperclassmen as interns. Graduate students are not able to receive academic credit for internships.
Career Services offers a number of resources to help you find an internship, including information about locating Federal, public, and private-sector internships, as well as co-ops and other opportunities. UMUC students and alumni are encouraged to check out CareerQuest to access the exclusive UMUC job/internship board, connect with a mentor, register for career events, and access dozens of job search articles and resources.
If you have additional questions, contact Career Services.