Your college experience does not have to be confined to campus. Through the Economics Department and the Career Center at UMBC and its internship program, you have the opportunity to step outside the boundaries of the classroom and experience the real world.
What is an internship?
As an Intern, you have the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom within a professional environment. Internships can be part-time or full-time positions where you work at least 120 hours over the course of the semester (8-10 hours per week). While interning, you will gain valuable experience, can choose to obtain academic credit via ECON 313, and can even get paid!
Benefits of Participating
- Gain work experience in your major that will make you stand-out from your peers
- Strengthen your resume
- Obtain upper level academic credit and specialized transcript notations
- Develop a professional network
- Reflect on your professional strengths & your future career
- Earn money for internships, co-ops, or research
- Enhance your social consciousness & civic literacy
How do I get started?
It’s easy to get started finding yourself an internship through The Career Center using UMBCworks. It is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Bring the Career Center your resume following the steps below, and they’ll bring you results. Call the front desk of The Career Center at 410-455-2216 for an appointment or log into UMBCworks and schedule one online to get started.
Meet These Requirements
- Minimum 2.5 GPA
- Completion of at least one semester at UMBC or 30 transfer credits
- Full-time degree seeking status or consecutive part-time status
- Graduate students may apply during their first UMBC semester
- International students with F-1 visas must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits
Directions to Log-In to UMBCworks
Log into your myUMBC account and go to the TOPICS menu.
Click on JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS and then click on the first link, which is UMBCworks.
If you encounter problems logging into the system, please contact The Career Center at 410-455-2216 or visit careers.umbc.edu
Complete Your Profile
Once you have accessed UMBCworks through your myUMBC account, it is important that you complete the following sections under the PROFILE tab.
1) Personal Information
2) Academic Information
Upload Your Resume
Your resume is a clear and concise presentation of you to potential employers. It will generate interviews and leverage your skills and knowledge against other candidates.
Use this procedure to upload your Resume to UMBCworks:
1) Use Microsoft WORD to create your RESUME
2) In the DOCUMENTS Tab and click ADD NEW and LABEL: RESUME
3) Click CHOOSE FILE and upload your Microsoft Word document
Schedule Your Appointment
You are now ready to meet with Christine Routzahn, Career Center Director, to assist you with your internship search. Schedule your appointment with Christine by calling The Career Center Receptionist at (410) 455-2216 or stop by The Career Center on the 2nd Floor of the Math/Pshychology Building. During your appointment, Christine will review, provide feedback on and approve your resume and profile in order for you to view and apply to internship, research and co-op opportunities listed in UMBCworks.
Arrive at your appointment with:
1) Your profile completed and your resume uploaded on UMBCworks
2) Hard copy of resume
Applying To Positions
After your resume is approved, view the online internship, co-op, and research postings in UMBCworks within JOBS and select UMBCworks. Filter jobs by POSITION TYPE i.e.: internships and by MAJOR. Use advanced search for more options. Select which organizations/companies you want to receive your resume by checking “SUBMIT” within Application Status. Make sure that your choose your “Resume” to send. The Career Center will send your resume to those you have marked accordingly.
Organizations will contact you directly for interviews. If you obtain an interview, please be sure to dress professionally, be on time, and be prepared for questions that will be posed to you. Contact The Career Center (410-455-2216) to meet with an Interview Specialist if you would like you want additional preparation, which is always recommended.
When you ACCEPT an internship/co-op/research, you should immediately notify and make an appointment with Christine Routzahn at The Career Center. At your placement appointment Christine will discuss the potential of ECON 313 (Economics Internship) and add the zero-credit pass/fail Internship Practicum transcript notation. ECON 313 and the practicum involve completion of minimal requirements such as timesheets, learning objectives and evaluations.