UMD: A Globally Connected University

Global Fellows in DC

Global Semester student Christina Neidlinger (left) with Isabel Artime, Counselor of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Photo courtesy of Christina Neidlinger.

Global Fellows in Washington, DC is an innovative internship program designed to equip University of Maryland undergraduate students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experience necessary to become leaders in our increasingly globalized society. The program combines a fall academic seminar on global leadership and policy related to a specific theme, supported by additional coursework, and a spring semester internship placement with international organizations, federal agencies, foreign embassies, and non-governmental organizations in the Washington, DC area.

Gain international experience without leaving the country. The program consists of four primary components:

  • Take a fall academic seminar on global leadership and policy taught by expert practitioners in the field.
  • Intern for credit in the spring at an embassy, international organization, federal agency, or multinational corporation.
  • Increase your learning experience through University of Maryland supplementary courses.
  • Attend workshops, roundtable discussions, and off-campus lectures to learn more about real-world applications.

This internship program is a collaborative academic initiative between the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Office of International Affairs and is open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors from all majors. 

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Featured Students from the Inaugural Cohort in 2014:

  • Jenny Lindvall is pursuing her M.S. in Applied Biotechnology at Uppsala University. (Global Semester internship at the National Institutes of Health)
  • Tyler Crowe has accepted a position at the Motion Picture Association of America as a Global Policy Assistant, which encompasses research on international trade and intellectual property law as well as coordinating their Embassy Outreach Program. (Global Semester internship at the Embassy of Brazil)
  • Alexandra Walsh has accepted FTE position at U.S. Department of State in Office of Children’s Issues after she completed her internship in Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Maghreb Affairs in 2014.  (Global Semester internship at the Department of State)
  • Jonathan Lee is a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho. (Global Semester internship at DHHS in International Health)
  • Cristina Neidlinger has accepted job as research assistant for PAHO. (Global Semester internship at the Embassy of Spain)