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Impact Interns is a professional development and leadership program that connects Do Good students to paid social impact-based internship opportunities with alumni organizations and partners of the Do Good Institute.

The program exists to support both our students and partners who want to make a difference, now.

Meet the Summer 2022 Impact Interns

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The program is designed to provide emerging social sector leaders with meaningful opportunities to gain professional experience, develop skills, build a professional network, and learn more about working in the nonprofit and social impact sphere. All while providing impactful host organizations with impressive and skilled interns.

Interns will join a cohort of like-minded peers and participate in additional professional development coaching and workshops throughout their internship. 

Interns have successfully led and contributed to projects related, but not limited, to:

  • Communications and marketing
  • Evaluation and impact measurement
  • Fundraising and development
  • Grants administration
  • Grant reviews and due diligence
  • Portfolio analysis
  • Research and report writing
  • Special events

We are dedicated to providing paid internship opportunities to passionate students looking for meaningful professional experiences.

This program is a great fit for you if you:

  • Are a current undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park
  • Are a motivated student looking to gain experience in the nonprofit or social impact sector
  • Are looking for a paid internship
  • Can work remotely 20-40 hours a week from the first week of June to mid-August
  • Can prioritize their work as an intern over the summer
  • Would like to grow important skills including issue expertise, fundraising, grant making, operations, communications, and more
  • Are eager to expand your professional networks
  • Are interested in joining a cohort and participating in professional development workshops and sessions with Do Good staff

This professional development and leadership pipeline links passionate students like yourself to project- and social impact-based internship opportunities with alumni and partners of the Do Good Institute. The Do Good Institute also offers additional professional development coaching and support to Impact Interns throughout their experience. 

Information Sessions

Learn more about the program, get tips on your application, and ask your questions at one of our information sessions. Sessions take place in February/March each year. 

More questions? Check out our FAQ.

With the evolving social distancing orders, we anticipate the internships will be offered both virtually and in-person. It is expected that the nature of the internship (in-person vs. remote) will be determined by each host by the time placements are made. 

This program is a great fit for your organization if you: 

  • Have a significant project, campaign, or idea that an intern could support
  • Can take on an intern for approximately 10-12 weeks from June to mid-August 
  • Are interested in connecting to talented and passionate students 
  • Are able to manage an intern and provide a robust learning experience
  • Are able to provide either partial or full salary support to an intern 

The Do Good Institute can offer your organization custom support packages (dependent on organizational need) including: 

  • Financial support for student salary
  • Initial resume review and pairing of students to partner organizations
  • Additional professional development support to students
  • Operational Guidance

With the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we anticipate Summer 2022 opportunities will be conducted both in-person and virtually. It is expected that the nature of the internship (in-person vs. remote) will be determined by each host by the time position descriptions are drafted.

Does your organization have a project or internship opportunity that may be a good fit for a graduate or undergraduate student? Our application period has closed, but you can be added to our outreach list for summer 2023 by emailing impactinterns@umd.edu. 

Process

Step 1: Organizations interested in hiring an intern should attend an information session hosted by the Do Good Institute to learn more about the program. Info sessions will be hosted throughout December and January each year. If you are unable to make an info session, you must set up a phone call with a program staff member before submitting an application to host an intern. To coordinate, please email impactinterns@umd.edu.

Step 2: Fill out the application form and grant request (if applying for funds). Decisions will be made by mid February and position descriptions finalized in March. 

Step 3: Students will apply to be a part of the program during March. Job descriptions will be available on the Do Good Institute website.

Step 4: By mid-April, the Do Good Institute will conduct an initial review of applicant resumes and provide around three to five possible candidate matches to the organizations to interview. Organizations should interview candidates once they receive pairings. 

Step 5: Organizations review candidate materials and work directly with students to schedule interviews. Members make an offer directly to the student and arrange hours and pay. It is required that all students are paid at least $15 an hour. Organizations should also take into account minimum wage laws, where applicable. The hiring process should be complete by early May.

For more information on organization expectations see our 2021 example here

Since 2011, Impact Interns - previously Philanthropy Fellows - has provided over 130 students with paid and robust internship experiences with more than 50 organizations over the last 10 years.

Previous Philanthropy Fellows have worked at the following organizations: 

  • AARP Foundation
  • Arabella Advisors
  • Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE)
  • Capital One
  • CareFirst
  • DC Mayor’s Office of Partnerships and Grant Services
  • Deloitte
  • Grantmakers in Health 
  • Greater Washington Community Foundation
  • Healthcare Initiative Foundation
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Meyer Foundation
  • Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth & Families
  • Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation
  • National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
  • The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
  • Washington Area Women's Foundation

Since it's inception, Impact Interns have worked with the following nonprofit organizations: 

  • A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
  • Aumazo
  • Bee Informed Partnership
  • BETHESDA GREEN
  • Bright Beginnings Incorporated
  • Calvert Impact Capital
  • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Prince George’s County
  • Community Advocates For Family (CAFY)
  • COMMUNITY ADVOCATES FOR FAMILY AND YOUTH
  • Community Youth Advance
  • Congressional Hunger Center
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George's County, Inc.
  • D.C. Policy Center
  • District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH)
  • Empowerment Center
  • Fair Chance
  • Friends of White Oak, Inc.
  • Game Genius, Inc
  • Giving Square
  • Heart of America
  • Joe's Movement Emporium
  • Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
  • Network for Victims Recovery DC
  • Next Gen Giving Circle
  • Noble Uprising Inc.
  • Nonprofit Village
  • Population Services International (PSI)
  • ROOTS Africa
  • Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
  • TCP Academy
  • The Civic Circle
  • The Giving Square
  • The Young Black & Giving Back Institute
  • Urban Teachers
  • Vietnam Veterans of America
  • Vikara Village

Are You a Student Interested in Applying? 

Our Summer 2022 application period is now closed. Interested in what positions we offer? Explore the 2022 positions here.

Are You a Partner Interested in Getting Paired with an Intern? 

Our application period has closed for the Summer Cohort. Email impactinterns@umd.edu with any additional inquiries. 

Still Need More Information About Impact Interns? 

Download a program flier here.

A special thank you to the Neilom Foundation and the Center for Engineering Concepts Development for their partnership on this program.

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For any additional information pertaining to this program, please email impactinterns@umd.edu.