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About the Maryland Fellows Program

Image of Responses to Global Challenges Field Trip to USAID in Fall 2017The program combines a fall seminar course taught by industry experts with professional development workshops, one-on-one resume and interview reviews, and events throughout the year. The program's mission: to prepare talented, diverse undergraduate students to excel in professional internships and pursue careers of influence and impact in public service, especially at the state and local government levels.

The center of the program is a fall academic seminar on policy related to a specific theme, for example, political engagement and advocacy, supported by additional coursework and a spring semester internship experience. This program provides seminars that deepen student understanding of the dynamic nature of public service and Maryland government.

Basic Components

  • A three-credit fall seminar, based on local and state policy is designed particularly for Maryland Fellows participants.

  • A spring internship in the public and non-profit sectors, especially in relation to local and state policy. The internship credits vary from 3 to 9 credits, as appropriate for each student. Students are responsible for securing their internships; that said, much assistance and support will also be provided by the Maryland Fellows staff. We have a close partnership with the Maryland General Assembly‚Äôs Legislative Internship Program and all students in the program will be encouraged to apply.

  • Two additional University of Maryland courses that supplement the seminar and internship by providing greater depth and context to the academic experience. At least one must be completed prior to the internship semester. Students may count previously taken courses toward this requirement. For a sampling of supplementary courses, click here

Additional Program Components

The program will host a number of additional activities and workshops throughout the academic year. Round table discussions and guest speakers will give students the opportunity to learn from each other and to discuss important local and state level issues. These meetings will also provide opportunities for alumni to share insights and suggestions with students preparing for their internships.

A final academic showcase event at the end of the year will bring students together for presentations of their work and to share their experiences. This event will feature a display of student posters and fliers describing and reflecting on their internship and program experiences. In addition to current and prospective students in the program, instructors, internship supervisors, University of Maryland administrators, and program alumni will be invited to attend.