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Image of Global Fellow Emilia Tanu with Embassy of Indonesia supervisors at Final Reception in May 2016The UMD Fellows Program is actively developing both formal and informal relationships and agreements with government offices, private companies, nongovernmental organizations, and other related agencies.

If you are interested in initiating an ongoing relationship with the program, please contact the Program Director, Dr. Joan Burton at or (301) 314-1920.

How to Recruit Our Students

Interested in recruiting bright, committed students as interns or volunteers for your organization?

Program Overview

  • Mission: To prepare talented, diverse undergraduate students to excel in professional internships and pursue careers of influence and impact, especially in the public sector.
  • Student availability: Our students are available to engage in internships of 10 to 20 hours per week from late-January through mid-May (the university’s spring semester).
  • Students receive college credit for their internships through a university-administered experiential learning course.
  • The program provides students with funding to assist with their transportation costs.

How to Recruit an Intern

  • The most effective recruitment period is mid-September through late October; students generally prefer to secure their spring internships early to mid-fall semester. We also circulate positions later in the fall semester.
  • How to advertise an opportunity: You may send your own position description as an attachment; fill out our position form instead; OR just send an informal position description in an email to In all cases, please use the following as your subject line: [name of your organization/office] Position Description.  
  • Please specify whether you prefer for students to apply directly to you or you wish us to compile resumes on your behalf.   
  • For more information, please contact our Associate Director, Jay Arasan at or (301) 314-1130. You are also welcome to contact the Director of the Global Fellows Program, Dr. Joan Burton, at or (301) 314-1920.

Additional Information

  • The University of Maryland’s Global Fellows in Washington, D.C. attracts applications from high-achieving undergraduate students from all majors (the minimum GPA is 3.0).
  • Global Fellows is an innovative internship program designed to equip University of Maryland undergraduate students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experience necessary to become leaders in our increasingly globalized society.
  • The program provides an integrated combination of classroom and professional experience designed to provide a deep understanding of global leadership and policy and the ways in which they are developed, influenced and carried out. The center of the program is a fall academic seminar on global leadership and policy related to a specific theme, for example, global development, supported by additional coursework and a spring semester internship experience.
  • Global Fellows is, in a sense, a study abroad experience right here in Washington, DC. Currently, it offers four Global Fellows tracks: Responses to Global Challenges, Science Diplomacy, Critical Regions & International Relations and U.S. Diplomacy.