The University of Maryland is designated by the United States Department of State to sponsor internship programs on its campus in accordance with the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (Fulbright-Hayes Act).
"The primary objectives of the programs offered under these regulations are to enhance the skills and expertise of exchange visitors in their academic or occupational fields through participation in structured and guided work-based training and internship programs and to improve participants' knowledge of American techniques, methodologies, and expertise. Such training and internship programs are also intended to increase participants' understanding of American culture and society and to enhance Americans' knowledge of foreign cultures and skills through an open interchange of ideas between participants and their American associates. A key goal of the Fulbright-Hays Act, which authorizes these programs, is that participants will return to their home countries and share their experiences with their countrymen." Code of Federal Regulations 22 C.F.R. § 62.22(b)(1)(i)