The Center for Experience and Opportunity helps connect McDaniel College students with a wide variety of community engagement, with both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. If you are a community partner looking to advertise an opportunity to students, please check out our page on businesses and nonprofit partnerships.
With so many diverse organizations, many within walking distance or short drive away, students find they can contribute to a cause they are passionate about, while also gaining valuable professional experience.
We also offer organized community engagement events throughout the year, both on campus and off-campus.
Internship and Shadowing Opportunities
What is an internship?
An internship is an on-site work experience that is directly related to either your major field of study or your career interest. Internships are more than part time jobs, they specifically apply what you have learned in the classroom to the working world and are focused on learning and growth. They make take place on or off campus in an office or department. It can be paid or unpaid, and held during the summer or throughout the academic year. For many students, an internship is your first experience in a professional setting.
What are the benefits of an internship?
An internship gives you the opportunity to:
- Gain valuable work experience before you graduate
- Develop new skills and refine others
- Apply knowledge gained from coursework to on-the-job situations
- Reality-test tentative career choices
- Meet and work with professionals, establishing contacts for letters of reference and networking
- Experience new work environments
How to apply for a for-credit internshipIn order to recognize the learning on your transcript that occurs in internships, academic departments may award credit for an internship. A student must first gain approval from a faculty internship sponsor within the department they wish to receive credit from and the internship is related to a student's major or career goals. To qualify as an internship and to receive academic credit, the focus of the proposed activity must be predominantly job-related, though it must have an academic dimension as well. Stop by the Registrar’s Office to pick up Internship Registration Form. The form has specific guidelines for completion.
Job shadow experiences allow you to see what it would really be like to work in a career and to meet professionals working in your field of interest. You can ask questions, experience the day to day work and network with professionals. These connections can be valuable in exploring your career path. These opportunities involve spending a few hours to an entire day alongside a professional and visiting the actual work site.
The CEO Office offers these experiences twice yearly and can also customize an experience that meets your needs. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to explore the possibilities.
Examples of local partnerships:
- Chamber of Commerce
- Jeannie Bird Baking Company
- Carroll Hospital Center
- Crawford Yingling Insurance
- Target Community and Educational Services
Volunteer and Nonprofits
Westminster is home to many nonprofit organizations, whose missions range from health education, to improving literacy, to environmental activism, to child care. Whether students want to gain extensive behind-scenes experience of working for a nonprofit, or just want to get out into the community to volunteer for a day, we connect students to community organizations or campus clubs with which they can find meaningful experiences.
Examples of partnerships:
- Boys & Girls Club
- Human Services Programs, Inc
- Rape Crisis Intervention Services
- Carroll County Farm Museum
- Habitat for Humanity
- Carroll County Health Department
- Wild Forest and Fauna
Innovation Challenge: Click here to learn more about how you can propose your own business and win up to $10,000 and the best start-up mentorship!
Griswold-Zepp in Student Volunteerism Award: A grant supporting student-developed community service projects. In past years, students who won the Griswold-Zepp Award have taught social media workshops to nonprofits, or sponsored a trip to West Virginia to study the water quality and engage in community clean-ups. Click here to learn more.
Scholarships & Fellowships: McDaniel has a proven track record of helping students win competitive scholarship and fellowship opportunities! Click here to learn more.
McDaniel College Summer Intern Fellowship: The CEO sponsors a limited number of competitive need-based summer intern fellowship awards designed to help defray the cost of summer internships. Click here to learn more!
2018 Griswold-Zepp winners Jason Swartz,Tabitha Schade, and Samantha Wilson organized a Tree Campus USA event.