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Spring Internships

The Internship

Image of Science Diplomacy Field Trip in Fall 2017

In the spring semester, students participate in internships in the public and non-profit sectors, especially at the state and local levels, with a focus on the Maryland General Assembly.

Students are responsible for securing their own internships; that said, much one-on-one assistance and support is provided by the Maryland Fellows staff! The program develops opportunities and cultivates relationships to assist students in locating and obtaining appropriate internships.

Students also attend workshops on internships beginning soon after they are admitted to the program and meet with program staff for additional guidance. Workshops cover the process of applying to internships, interviewing, and finally securing placement – all skills that are important to practice for their own professional job searches after graduation.

Workshops on internships and careers will be conducted by the Maryland Fellows staff, in collaboration with campus and other professionals in the policy arena. Program staff also offer one-on-one consultations regarding cover letters and resumes.

Internship Credit: Two Options

Image of Global Fellow Students with Internship Partners at Final Reception

Option 1: Register for FGSM398. Students will earn between
3-9 credits, based on the number of hours completed at the internship site and the completion of other assignments that supplement the professional experience.

Required Forms:

Breakdown of credit hours:

  • 3 credits: 135 total internship hours (10 hours a week)
  • 4 credits: 180 total internship hours (13 hours a week)
  • 5 credits: 225 total internship hours (17 hours a week)
  • 6 credits: 270 total internship hours (20 hours a week)
  • 7 credits: 315 total internship hours (23 hours a week)
  • 8 credits: 360 total internship hours (27 hours a week)
  • 9 credits: 405 total internship hours (30 hours a week)

Option 2: Register for an internship credit under the course number offered for internships/experiential learning within the student's academic department. For credit, students must follow that department's guidelines for credits, grading, and hours required.

Sampling of Past Fellows Internships

  • Maryland General Assembly
  • Partnership for Public Service
  • Prince George's County Council
  • Maryland State Attorney in Montgomery County
  • Governor's Summer Internship Program
  • Cornerstone Government Affairs
  • Office of the State's Attorney
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Congressional Research Service
  • Maryland Public Interest Research Group (MaryPIRG)
  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
  • Congressional Offices and Committees