ESC/DGI Intern Program


Request for Proposals


The Center for Engineering Concepts Development (CECD) and the Do Good Institute have teamed up to provide up to $2,000 and targeted coaching to teams of students who are developing promising, innovative approaches to apply engineering to advance social change. While all student teams must be comprised of 50% engineering students, multidisciplinary teams from any discipline on campus are encouraged but not required. Teams must identify and select a faculty mentor from the School of Engineering.

Selected teams will receive:

  • Up to $1,000 of funding to jumpstart the development of their concept or venture
  • An additional $1,000 in a second stage of funding to further develop promising projects
  • Technical guidance from Engineering faculty and experts affiliated with the Engineering for Social Change program
  • Targeted coaching from the Do Good Institute on scaling your concept, identifying prospective partners and funders, and maximizing impact

You are a great fit for this opportunity if you:

  • Want to apply your engineering skills to address social issues and are committed to creating social impact
  • Are excited about social innovation and the necessary tools to advance social change
  • Want funding and coaching to help you innovate and engineer solutions to a social issue that you are passionate about


All University of Maryland undergraduate students are eligible to apply for funding and coaching.  All applicants are required to apply as a team of two students or more and at least 50% of the team must be currently enrolled undergraduate Engineering majors.


Proposals will be selected based on the strength of the application.  Specifically, the applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Knowledge of the Issue – What is the social issue you are addressing and how well do you understand it? How does technology play a significant role?
  • Knowledge of the Field – What other products, inventions or programs exist to address this issue? What makes your project innovative?
  • Impact – How much impact will your project have? How do you measure this impact and how have you arrived at your estimated impact?

How to Apply

> Complete online application here.


Applications Open – February 1, 2018. Applicants notified of outcome within two weeks.


All successful teams may apply for the periodic Neilom Prize of $5,000, provided by the Neilom Foundation. The prize will be awarded during the annual Engineering for Social Change celebrations beginning in December 2018.