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Internships, Service-Learning, or Research - Is It Possible?

Yes! Learn How First-Gen + Adult Learners Can Do It Too!

March 26, 2021 2:50 PM

As a student, you’ve probably heard how important engaging in internships, research, or service- learning is during your time at UMBC. If you’re a first-gen college student or adult learner who may be navigating employment and/or family responsibilities, you might be wondering “how can I do it?” or “is it even possible for someone like me?” 

Internships, research, and service-learning are referred to as High-Impact Practices, which means that they often lead to success for students while in school and after graduation. Though these experiences can require significant time and effort on the part of the student, this doesn’t mean they have to be off-limits to busy students who are navigating multiple other roles in their lives. Explore the resources below to discover ways you can get creative and get involved to gain experience as a UMBC student. 


The UMBC Career Center works with students on a number of topics, including preparing to gain work experience. Internships are the opportunity to gain real world experience within a given industry or field as a student. Many times, these positions lead to full-time job opportunities, whether it be at the same company or by building onto your resume and opening the door for employment with another company. Additionally, these experiences help you explore the career possibilities that exist for your major and help you determine the best job fit for you. Below you’ll find a few suggestions for adult learners and first gen students to explore. Learn more about internships more generally here. Questions? Contact 

Opportunities Include:

  • Virtual Internships offer the opportunity to work remotely from your own home. Check out VaultInsideSherpa, and Chegg to get started on the search.  

  • Micro Internships are short term positions that give exposure to a specific field, typically through project work.

  • Earning academic credit and/or a transcript notation through the Intern Success Practicum course for a current internship or industry relevant work experience is a great way to tie your experience directly to your academic program.

  • Already employed? Try approaching your manager at your current job about doing a special project that relates to your major or career goals!

Community Engagement 

Community engagement is the collaboration between higher education institutions and their larger communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. Community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good. You can become involved in Community Engagement with The Shriver Center in numerous ways. Questions? Contact Kasey Venn at 

Opportunities Include:


Undergraduate research can help you clarify your choice of degree program, career interests, and post-graduation plans. Learn about how to get started in research and UMBC resources for funding, presenting, and publishing your research or creative work hereQuestions? Contact April Householder at

Opportunities Include:

  • Undergraduate Research Awards (up to $1500)

  • Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD)

  • UMBC Review: Journal of Undergraduate Research

  • Off-campus research opportunities (REUs)

  • Presentation Grants (formerly Travel Awards)

  • Prestigious Scholarships


INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE? Attend this event onThursday, April 15th from 4-5:30 pm to learn more from professionals representing the above areas, as well as first gen students and adult learners who have experienced it all!
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