BSCV 302: CIVICUS Capstone Internship Guidelines
Revised Spring 2019
PURPOSE: The purpose of this capstone internship is to provide CIVICUS students in their final semester with a minimum of 90 hours of supervised, hands-on experience in an area related to engaging the community through non-profit work, political engagement, outreach, research, or industry.
FINDING AN INTERNSHIP: To get you started, check out the CIVICUS Internship Database at https://ter.ps/hdr. This document includes information on internships and descriptions of the experiences of previous CIVICUS students. We will continue to add internships to this document and the weekly CIVICUS newsletter, so check often. You can find additional information and internship opportunities on the Career Center's Careers For Terps webpage at https://careers.umd.edu/careers4terps. Other possible search engine are https://www.indeed.com/, https://www.internships.com/, and https://www.idealist.org/. To prepare to apply for internships, the UMD Career Center offers a number of resources. You can find more information on resumes and cover letter, including information on scheduling a one on one consultation at https://careers.umd.edu/students/resumes-cover-letters/resume-tips. A resource to practice interviews is available at https://careers.umd.edu/students/interviewing/mock-interview-opportunities. If you would like to brainstorm ideas, please make an appointment with Korey.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Students should have significant pre-professional work with on-site supervision. Clerical tasks should not exceed twenty percent of the intern's duties. Responsibilities may include:
- Attending professional meetings
- Report writing
- Data collection
- Data analysis
- Preparing correspondence
- Editing documents
- Updating websites
- Training and development
- Constituent, client, patient or student assistance
- Event and program planning and implementation
- Program evaluation
ON-SITE REQUIREMENTS: Students need to be in one of the organization’s physical locations at least 85 percent of the internship hours.
PRIOR EXPERIENCE: This must be a new internship and not a continuation of an internship or job held in the past.
HOURS: Students must work a minimum of 90-hours over the course of the semester, excluding travel and meals.
COMPLETION: Capstone internships are to be completed between January 28 and May 14. They cannot be started over winter break or completed during the summer. Students who do not complete the ninety hours by May 14 will have a grade reduction based on the percentage of hours they did not complete.
APPROVAL: You must get approval from the CIVICUS director before officially accepting the internship. Before students will be able to register for BSCV 302, their internship must be approved in writing by the CIVICUS Director. The registration block will only be lifted upon approval of the internship. Students will not be added to BSCV 302 after the end of the schedule adjustment period. Please note that successful completion of BSCV 302 is required for the CIVICUS citation.
SCHOLARSHIPS: Students with internships outside of College Park are eligible to apply for a limited number of scholarships to help offset the cost of travel. Students must have secured their internship by December 15 to be considered for a scholarship. The application and more information will be provided later in the semester.