Proofread all short responses.
Write your responses in Word first, before transferring into the application form. Use spell-check and look for colored squiggly lines generated by Word as you type. Right-click when you see these lines and make corrections before you cut and paste your essay into the application.
Adhere to the suggested word counts. The selection committee is looking for a substantial response that gives us insight into your experience. However, responses should be concise and relevant to the experience.
After writing your response, go back to the essay prompt and verify that your response is truly addressing the questions asked.
Ask someone else to review your application and provide feedback before submitting. This could be an advisor, parent, or even a friend.
Show a clear relationship between your experience and your BSOS major(s).
The selection committee wants to see how your experience is meaningfully related to your academics and future career plans. Provide details about what makes your experience unique.
The selection committee is more likely to fund experiences related to BSOS fields rather than extracurricular activities or a second major in another college.
See below for a list of the kinds of expenses that may be considered for funding:*
- Pandemic conscious travel/transportation expenses
- Pandemic related relocation expenses
- Professional attire
- Opportunity costs, (i.e. the need to give up a part-time paid job in order to take an unpaid internship.)
- Software/technology,material needs, not provided by employer/University, but essential to the experience.
- Virtual conference fees
- PPE, if required to participate in-person
*Please note that students participating in all external experiential learning opportunities should make every attempt to adhere to current state and local COVID-19 directives and CDC guidelines. When at all possible, students should consider the safest altenative with regards to participation in external experiential learning opportunities. Students who elect to participate within in-person experiences do so at the student's own risk. For more information regarding internship guidance during COVID-19, please visit: https://careers.umd.edu/internship-guidance-during-covid-19
Provide specific and reasonable dollar estimates for the expenses associated with your experience.
Typical awards fall will fall between the $250-$1250 range to offset expected costs.
Do some research on your expenses to avoid overestimating or underestimating costs, especially for professional attire.
You should calculate and list estimated costs for expenses like metro fees, gas money, parking, etc. by multiplying daily/weekly fees by the total length of your experience.
For pandemic conscious travel expenses, please list the distance you need to travel as well as where you are traveling to and from.
When calculating expenses, be thrifty. The selection committee appreciates students’ attempts to find reasonably priced plane tickets, professional clothing items, etc.