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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.

At a time when there is uncertainty in our day-to-day as well as the job market, we are excited to offer programs that support both our students and partners who want to make a difference, now. 

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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, while also providing Do Good partners and local 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

With the uncertainty that has come along with job searching during COVID-19, we want to support passionate students and help to secure them 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 provide an application by March 26 and interview in between April 5 and April 16
  • 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. 

Learn more about the program, get tips on your application, and get a chance to ask questions at one of our information sessions. Sessions will be taking place February 16, 23, and 26. Register here.

More questions? Check out our FAQ.

With the evolving social distancing orders, we anticipate the majority of these opportunities will be conducted virtually. 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. 

We will not be hosting Impact Interns during the Spring 2021 semester; the next cohort will be during Summer 2021. Applications for Summer 2021 opportunities will be posted March 8. If you have questions about the program, please email impactinterns@umd.edu.

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 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
  • Pipeline of students to partner organizations
  • Pairing of students to partner organizations
  • Additional professional development support to students
  • Operational Guidance

With the evolving social distancing orders, we anticipate the majority of these opportunities will be conducted virtually. 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. 

To learn more about hosting an Impact Intern, join an information sessions by registering for one of the following: 

Process & Timeline

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 in January of 2021. If you are unable to make an info session, you must set up a phone call with Megan Masterson before submitting an application to host an intern. To coordinate, please email meganjm@umd.edu.

Step 2: By Tuesday, February 9, you should fill out the application form and grant request (if applying for funds). Decisions will be made by February 12 and job descriptions will be finalized by February 19. 

Step 3: Students will apply to be a part of the program March 8-March 26. Job descriptions will be available on the Do Good Institute website.

Step 4: By April 1, 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 between April 5-April 16. 

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 April 23 at the latest.  

For more information on organization expectations see here

Since 2011, Impact Interns - previously Philanthropy Fellows - has provided nearly 100 students with paid and robust internship experiences with more than 40 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

This past summer and fall, Impact Interns worked the following nonprofit organizations: 

  • Aumazo
  • Bright Beginnings 
  • Calvert Impact Capital
  • Congressional Hunger Center
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Prince George's County
  • Giving Square 
  • IMPACTdmv
  • Maryland League for Conservation Voters 
  • Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC)
  • Noble Uprising
  • Nonprofit Village
  • Perfect Strangers 
  • ROOTS Africa
  • Smith Center For Healing and the Arts 
  • Vikara Village

Are You a Student Interested in Applying? 

Our Summer 2021 application is now open! Visit here to apply. 

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

Unfortunately, our Summer 2021 cohort is now full. To learn more about getting involved in the future email Megan at meganjm@umd.edu. 

Still Need More Information About Impact Interns? 

Download a program flier here.

Fall 2020 Interns Summer 2020 Interns 2019-2020 Fellows 2018-2019 Fellows

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