Assistantship, Financial Aid, and Internships

Assistantships, Scholarships and Financial Aid

Assistantships: As professional programs, we do not have research or teaching assistantship opportunities.

In the recent past, a few graduate data science students were able to find research assistantships (RA) in the CS and IS departments. If you are interested in working as an RA, first you need to determine which professors work in your area of interest. Then you should send them a brief email summarizing your background and strengths. You might like to attach your transcripts, resume, and GRE scores (if you have them). If they have an opening and if you fit their expectations, then they might contact you.

Some other students of ours were able to find teaching assistantships (TA) in the CS, EE, IS, Physics, Math, and Statistics departments. Those TA positions are announced through UMBCWORKS. At UMBCworks, you can also find some other part-time on-campus job openings.

Institutional Aid: Unfortunately, UMBC does not offer institutional aid for applied graduate programs including ours.

Financial Aid: Domestic students might submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Be sure to include our school code 002105 to get financial aid via FAFSA. Please visit this page to learn more.

Fellowships: We have a partnership with NIH CARD. Please visit to learn about this fellowship.

Scholarships: UMBC has various scholarship opportunities.


Please visit UMBC Career Center’s website: they have tons of information in addition to many local job and internship openings.

For on-campus opportunities, please visit UMBCWORKS

Important Facts About Internships

  1. Internships are not required for graduate data science programs.
  2. An internship experience cannot replace a course.
  3. Obtaining an internship is the responsibility of the student. It is an opportunity for students to learn and practice essential job search skills that they will need in the future.
  4. We will help at every step by providing the preparation, guidance, information, and resources you will need to be successful.
  5. The practicum course is required to allow international students to use CPT for off-campus work.

If you need a reference letter, please email your transcripts and the latest version of your resume to your advisor/instructors.

Practicum Course Registration: Here’s the procedure to enroll for a zero-credit, pass/fail course for any undergraduate or graduate student who is completing an internship, co-op, or research experience of at least 120 hours. The Practicum provides support, structure, and professional development to help you succeed at your site. All students earn an applied learning transcript notation. The Intern Success Practicum must be taken in the SAME semester as your experience. There is NO tuition or fees.


Some Tips

Finding your first internship or job might be easier than you think if you play the game right. Here are our general suggestions to our students.

  • Create a professional LinkedIn account with all the necessary information. Add your faculty and classmates to your network. Expand your network gradually. Be active on LinkedIn. Share things related to data science on a regular basis.
  • Create a GitHub account if you haven’t done so and build your portfolio which demonstrates all the important data skills and experiences of yours.
  • Create a 1-page killer resume (with a clear objective, education history, relevant course load, list of sample projects, links to LinkedIn profile and GitHub accounts, programming/data science experience/skills/tools, etc.)
  • Network with classmates who work in the fields of data science/it/cs.
  • Attend local data science meetup events and workshops, but don’t be quiet, ask smart questions, try to mingle with attendees, organizers, and speakers. Invite them to your LinkedIn network.
  • Participate in hackathons, Kaggle competitions, or other types of competitions organized by local companies.
  • Participate in UMBC career fairs and workshops.
  • Actively search for opportunities on LinkedIn,,, etc.
  • If you are invited for an interview after you find a job/internship, accept that invitation and interview with them. With each interview, you’ll improve your interviewing skills while expanding your knowledge and network.

If you are an international student, please visit this page.