Career Launch at UMD

Three computing students working together on laptops

About Career Launch
Career Launch is a “choose-your-own-adventure” project-based program that provides résumé experience through a personal project and mentoring.
3 weeks
Applications are open now
Program Participants

Career Launch is focused on women, nonbinary individuals, and other underrepresented groups who are current first- or second-year students at the University of Maryland.

Additional Info

Because of the experience and connections gained in the program, students participating in the program experience a high rate of internship acceptance. 

Career Launch is composed of two components that are ideally completed together – industry mentorship and a project – but students may choose to only complete one part. Completing one part will earn you a $150 stipend. If you complete both parts, you will receive a $300 stipend. Participation can be entirely virtual.

To kick off projects, students are divided into groups to decide on the area they want to focus on for three weeks. They are given the liberty to choose any area of technology and any topic of their interest to pursue during the program.

School-Specific Program Information

Career Launch at UMD

Application Information

Applications are closed.

Partner Institution

  • First- or second-year degree-seeking undergraduates at UMD in fall 2024 or part of the Freshman Connection program
  • Good academic standing and/or did not receive an Early Warning notification (min: 2.5 cumulative GPA)
  • Currently or previously enrolled in a computing course or received equivalent credit:
    • CMSC 106, 122, 125,131 or higher
    • INST 123 or higher
    • IMDM 127 or higher
    • ENME202 or higher
  • Eligible to work in the United States in January 2025, including at UMD
  • Must reside in the United States in January 2025
  • Focus on women and nonbinary students and other underrepresented groups in tech, but all students are welcome to apply
  • Priority given to students who participated in Guild or other Break Through Tech programming

Career Launch has been a really great opportunity to try things that I might have been a bit scared or hesitant to do on my own. The structure helped me to set aside that time and push myself to explore machine learning.

Sophie Tsai she/her
University of Maryland computer science student, Break Through Tech DC
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of Career Launch students who applied for summer internships were offered a position.