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Humanities Scholars’ experiences at UMBC are not confined to their classes. They step outside the boundaries of the classroom and apply what they have learned within a professional environment. Some examples of these internships include:

Mikaila Donaldson (class ’21)

  • Fall 2020 to Spring 2021, Student Teacher for Baltimore County Public Schools – Student-teacher at Catonsville High School for the 2020-2021 academic year. Part-time work during the fall semester, with full-time duties beginning in January until the end of the school year. Designed and executed lesson plans, assessed performance goals, and gained invaluable work experience in the education field.
  • Fall 2020,History Education Intern at Arlington National Cemetery – Helped to design lesson plans, walking tours, interactive activities, and further readings for the Arlington National Cemetery’s premier education program. Assisted with preliminary research and write-ups while being mindful of a variety of audiences, academic-levels, and interests.
  • Spring 2019, Co-Teacher for Baltimore City Public Schools – Worked in an after-school program at Violetville Elementary/Middle School. Collaborated with other educators to create social studies lessons to engage different ages and interests. Worked diligently to support students and creative thinking.
  • Fall 2018,Teaching Assistant for Baltimore County Public Schools – Responsible for assisting mentor teacher in a separated classroom at Maiden Choice School for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Learned to tailor content to reach all students, as well as became more familiar with MOVE, ABA, TEACCH, and IDEA programs.
  • Spring 2018,Teaching Assistant for Baltimore County Public Schools – Assisted a class of twenty sixth-graders at Arbutus Middle School in an English classroom. Helped individually and in groups as well as levitated teacher’s work by helping prepare, organize, and grade. Additionally observed and documented student behavior to keep track of and better help students.

Sophie Shippe
(class ’21)

  • Fall 2020- Winter 2021, Social Media Marketing Intern with MoreWithUs- Everyday Jobs.
    Sophie ran the LinkedIn account for the company and created infographics and other content to post. She also wrote blogs to improve the company’s SEO. Finally, she worked on a video project in which she interviewed people about their jobs and edited videos of the footage.
  • Winter 2021- Spring 2021, Writer at The Borgen Project. Wrote weekly articles for their magazine, BORGEN Magazine, threw fundraisers for the organization, and contacted congressional representatives weekly to support poverty-reduction legislation.

Anjali DasSarma
(class ’21)

  • Spring 2020, Editor-in-Chief – The Retriever Weekly. During the pandemic, Anjali adapted and organized the full transition from biweekly print to a primarily online newspaper, kicking off the social media content.
  • Summer 2020, Maryland-Delaware-DC Reese Cleghorn Editorial Intern at The Baltimore Sun, writing one to two editorials, including political columns and media criticism, per week for the Opinions page of the largest state paper.
  • Spring 2020, Public Relations Intern, The United Holocaust Memorial Museum, helped pitch and place stories about Museum public programs, events, artifact donations, survivor research news, etc.
  • Fall 2019, Study Abroad Ambassador from London’s King’s College
  • Spring 2019 to Spring 2020, Opinions Editor – The Retriever Weekly
  • Summer 2019, Marketing Intern – Atwater’s Traditional Food. Anjali increased her experience with social media and carried out digital marketing campaigns using Instagram, Facebook, and email and established brand presence on Pinterest. Using SEO practices, she sought to boost website speed and Google rankings.
  • Fall 2018, Communications Intern at the Newseum, Washington, DC.
  • Summer to Fall 2018, Intern at UMBC Magazine.
  • Spring 2018, Digital Marketing Intern for UMBC’s Division of Professional Studies.

Lily LaFemina
(class ’21)

  • Summer 2018 & 2019, Winter 2019 & 2020, Communications Intern at the National Cancer Institute working in the Emergency Management and Physical Security Branch. Created social media posts, outreach posters & pamphlets, designed graphics, and worked on long-form documents.
  • Fall 2020, University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), Study Abroad Ambassador: Created social media content to advertise USAC’s study abroad opportunities for students at UMBC.

Tess McRae
(class ’21)

  • Fall 2018 to present, UMBC Center for Democracy and Civic Life. Tess began her internship as the Civic Design Intern and became the Senior Intern for Civic Design & Campus Engagement in Fall 2020. She develops collaborative tools and programming to improve the civic culture of campus, creates graphics and visual material to promote and communicate Center mission and ideas, and assists with facilitation and planning of events.

Elizabeth Eakes
(class ’21)

  • Spring 2018, Fall 2020: Baltimore County Public Schools, Part time intern in first and fourth grade classrooms
  • Spring 2021, Baltimore County Public Schools, Full time intern in a first grade classroom


Madeline Arbutus (class ’22)

  • Summer 2019, Design and Media Intern at the Liriodendron Mansion, Bel Air, Maryland
  • Summer 2020, Gallery Intern at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, UMBC, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Fall 2020, Arts Coordinator at OCA Mocha, Arbutus, Maryland

Danylo Leshchyshyn
(class ’22)

  • Summer 2020, Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church Intern, Silver Spring, MD. Danylo assisted the parish archivist by spearheading preservation projects in the parish archives. He learned how to properly catalog archival contents, restore damaged documents, clean vinyl records, and digitize various analog audio formats.

Angela Mansfield
(class ’22)

  • Fall 2019, Educational Programming Intern for 826DC, Washington, DC. Angela helped run after school Writing Workshops for students in the Columbia Heights neighborhood. In addition she designed posters and power points for workshops, and planned some lessons.
  • Spring 2021, Multimedia Intern for RepresentWomen

Garrett Posey
(class ’22)

  • Fall 2020-present, Intern for Congressman David Trone, Washington, D.C. Office – Answered phones and responded to emails to resolve issues and ensure constituents felt heard, while escalating casework alongside the Congressman’s staff. Completed briefings on international security issues, unemployment updates, and the COVID-19 response. Scheduled tours of the White House for the Congressman’s constituents.
  • Summer 2019, Fellow for Raskin for Congress: Democracy Summer – Developed political action skills canvassing in Virginia House of Delegates and House of Representatives races. Further research alongside other fellows allowed our group to advocate for menstrual health legislation multiple times on Capitol Hill.


Julianna Bumgardner (class ’23)

  • Spring 2021, Loch Raven Review Intern – Julianna will help convert an online journal to a print format, and write her own creative nonfiction work, working with a staff member to edit and perfect it.
  • Fall 2020, Bartleby: UMBC’s Media and Creative Arts Journal Social Media Coordinator – Julianna learned many ins and outs of social media market management, as well as created content to post while looking for methods to boost engagement.

Clair Volkening
(class ’23)

  • Fall 2020-Spring 2021, UMBC Writing Fellow. Clair works with English 100 classes to assist with peer review, editing, and research.
  • Fall 2020, Poetry Editor for Bartleby: UMBC’s Media and Creative Arts Journal. Clair oversaw the meetings to select poetry for the Bartleby publication.


Kara Gavin (class ’20)

  • Summer 2017, Used Luxury Car Dealership Internship – Receptionist
    Kara learned industry marketing and business techniques; gained more of an understanding of what major she is interested in.

Lindsey Green (class ’20)

  • Spring 2017, Arbutus Middle School
    Lindsey was an assistant in a sixth grade World Cultures classroom. She supported her host teacher by working with small groups of students and providing assistance to students who had questions about content or their assignment. This internship experience was part of an Education 310 class, which asks each student to work on their ability to connect with students in an authentic school setting.

Julia Byrne (class ’20)

  • Summer 2017, Annapolis Statehouse, Senator Roger Manno: Throughout this internship, Julia assisted with researching and tracking legislative and regulatory issues, attending civic association events, preparing issue briefings and researching constituent questions and drafted responses. She also helped draft prepared remarks.
  • Summer 2016, Montgomery County League of Women Voters: Julia helped organize the member database, addressed correspondences and served as a graphic designer.

Ahana Kowdley (class ’20)

  • Spring 2017, The Humane League Grassroots Intern/Baltimore VegFest Webmaster