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Internships for Nonprofits and Government Agencies

What is an Internship? 

There are varying definitions of internships.  In most cases, an internship is a pre-professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work experience related to a student’s career interest and centered on clearly defined learning objectives/goals.  An internship offers a student the opportunity for career exploration and development, and the learning of new skills; but also offers the employer/organization the opportunity to bring new ideas and energy into their workplace, develop talent and potentially build a pipeline for future employees/volunteers.  Interns can be students at various levels in the education spectrum, ranging from upper level high school students to college undergraduates and graduate students. 

Post Internships as Opportunities

 In addition to all the high school students using our website, college students are also looking for ways to serve. Use our website to post unpaid internships as well as traditional volunteer opportunities. You can post a very defined internship following the steps below, or use a more general description saying that you could work with a student and/or professor to customize an internship with your organization. 

What to Include in Internship Opportunity Postings? 

  • Include the word “Intern” or “Internship” in the opportunity title
  • Be as specific as possible about required qualifications / requirements:
  • Include age and education level (high school, college)
  • Previous experience or training needed 
  • Provide detail on required responsibilities of the internship
  • Hours and timeframe – ongoing commitment, duration of internship, time of year (i.e. summer internship)
  • Detailed application process with your organization contacts 

Local Academic Resources 

In addition to recruiting through our website, contact our local colleges. You can also try calling the high schools nearest to you. Each high school should have an internship coordinator. 

The Universities at Shady Grove’s Career and Internship Services Center (CISC) is a career center for students and alumni of 80 undergraduate and graduate programs from nine University System of Maryland institutions.  CISC can help you find candidates for full-time and part-time positions, internships, co-ops and job shadowing programs. 
https://www.shadygrove.umd.edu/student-services/career-and-internship-center

Montgomery College 
- Connect with The Cooperative Education & Internship Program (Co-op) at Montgomery College 
- Post opportunities on the MC Student Employment and eJobs site
- Contact the Service Learning Coordinators at each campus:
Dr. Lucy Vitaliti, TPSS Campus, lucy.vitaliti@montgomerycollege.edu - 240-567-1527
Nik Sushka, Rockville Campus, nik.sushka@montgomerycollege.edu - 240-567-5261 
Joan Lefever, Germantown Campus, joan.lefever@montgomerycollege.edu - 240-567-7701

Future Link, Inc., Rockville, MD 
http://www.futurelinkmd.org/

Questions?

If you want help with entering your organization and volunteer opportunities on our website or have other questions
call 240-777-2600 or email  volunteer@montgomerycountymd.gov.