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!

  • 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
  • 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

How do I get started?

It’s easy to get started finding yourself an internship through The Career Center Website: Internships, Co-ops and Research

Website:  Phone: 410-455-2216 for an appointment

Email: General questions: / Student intern questions:

Schedule An 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.

Applying To Positions

Once your Handshake account is set-up, you can view the internship, co-op, and research postings.


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.

Placement/Econ credit

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.