Thursday, March 3, 2016

GVPT Blog Disclaimer

The GVPT Department does not officially support or endorse any political affiliations, cause, or position. The department reserves the right to edit and review all submissions to the GVPT Blog and deny submission at their sole discretion. If you would like to submit an announcement for consideration to be posted on the blog, please contact 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Internship opportunities available with the Chris Van Hollen for Senate Campaign

The Chris Van Hollen for Senate campaign is currently looking for interns and fellows from University of Maryland to join our team. This will be a great opportunity for students to become civically engaged, learn how a campaign works and master cutting-edge targeting and political data techniques as part of the most exciting campaign of the cycle.
The campaign is looking for bright, energetic individuals who want to learn the nuts and bolts of how a campaign works and help elect the next U.S. Senator from Maryland!  Hours are flexible with a small requirement, and the campaign team is a lot of fun. No previous campaign experience necessary. When you walk out the door at the end of your internship you will know how to run a local field program, and have met a lot of new friends.
To apply for an internship or fellowship with the Van Hollen for Senate campaign, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please fill out this form or email any questions to
The Van Hollen for Senate Campaign is an equal, opportunity employer.

Monday, February 1, 2016

National Youth Rights Association (NYRA) Summer & Fall 2016 Fellowship Program – 3 openings
Application deadline: February 29th, 2016

Founded in 1998, NYRA is a national non-profit dedicated to fighting for the civil rights and liberties of young people. Based in the Washington, DC area, the organization challenges age discrimination against young people, and seeks to change attitudes and policies toward youth. NYRA aims to achieve its goals through educating people about youth rights, empowering young people to work on their own behalf in defense of their rights, and taking positive steps to lessen the burden of ageism.  NYRA’s website is

The Fellowship program is designed to provide a structured opportunity for young people interested in advancing youth rights to gain experience in advocacy, to work together, and to learn from each other and the NYRA mentors.  NYRA will tailor which responsibilities are part of each Fellow’s portfolio based on the Fellow’s interest, experience and preferences. Each Fellows’ portfolio of responsibilities will include a mutually agreed upon sub-set of the following:  

Research and Writing 
  • Update statistics and arguments within NYRA’s policy advocacy resources such as our Drinking Age FAQ, Voting Age Talking Points and Curfew FAQ. 
  • Research and summarize laws related to the rights of youth (for example see here). 
  • Expand and update NYRA’s library of pro-youth-rights studies, research papers, and information.  
  • Write blog posts for NYRA’s blog and Facebook page 
  • Expand and update NYRA’s repository of news articles regarding youth rights.  
  • Write op-eds, letters to the editor, and press releases for developing issues. 

  • Develop and execute a strategy to further expand NYRA’s local chapter network, and to provide ongoing help for local chapters to support their campaigns and growth. 
  • Conduct outreach and recruit new members both online and offline. 
  • Liaise with the media: including building and maintaining media lists of reporters; getting NYRA’s op-eds, letters to the editor, and press releases into the media;  contacting reporters who cover youth rights stories and encouraging them to interview NYRA; and helping to develop and/or serving as a media spokesperson for NYRA.  
  • Build and maintain NYRA’s online community of youth rights advocates by stimulating conversations, doing online outreach to build awareness and ensure a friendly, welcoming environment. 
  • Start a local NYRA chapter.  
  • Increase the reach of NYRA’s Facebook and Twitter feeds, as well as expand NYRA’s reach into other social media platforms.  

Qualifications: In keeping with NYRA’s philosophy, the Fellowship is open to all, irrespective of age. The Fellowship could be appropriate for current students and graduates of Middle School, High School, College, and/or Graduate Degree Programs. The following qualifications are required: Fellows must
  1. be able to produce and write a well-crafted argument
  2. be able to do internet-based research to assemble, summarize, and synthesize arguments, statistics, and policies related to youth rights
  3. understand and support NYRA’s philosophy and mission, and
  4. be authorized to work in the U.S..

In addition, candidates should possess some of the following preferred qualifications:
  • public speaking skills
  • ability to professionally and effectively communicate by email and phone
  • skill at internet-based promotion of ideas and issues
  • experience with multimedia content creation
  • some experience as a youth leader or organizer
  • previous experience advocating on behalf of youth rights in some way.     

Duration and Hours: This Fellowship is designed as a six-month Fellowship, starting around June 2016, and ending in December 2016. During the summer months, Fellows are expected to work 20-40 hours per week for 8-12 weeks. During the fall, Fellows are expected to work 8-16 hours per week.  

Location and supplies: The majority of Fellows’ work will be performed remotely, from a location of their choosing, as NYRA does not maintain a permanent office space. Supervision and collaboration will primarily be done over phone/skype/email. There are two exceptions to this.  A 3-day long team retreat / Fellow orientation will take place at the beginning of the summer, in the Washington, DC area.  And during the summer, workshops will take place every other Saturday at an office near Union Station metro station.   In-person attendance is required for the team retreat, and for the workshops, in-person attendance is preferred, but attendance by skype-video is also possible.  Fellows’ work will require use of a computer, a phone, and the internet, and Fellows must secure these on their own. 

Supervision: Fellows will be mentored by and work under the supervision of NYRA’s President, Alex Koroknay-Palicz. Fellows are also expected to learn from each other. Supervision will occur via weekly one-on-one check-ins, as-needed, and through workshops that focus on building a particular skill and/or provide the opportunity for peer-to-peer learning and feedback. 

Remuneration: NYRA is an all-volunteer organization, and the Fellowship is unpaid. However, Fellows will be provided with a $750 stipend intended to defray any expenses the Fellow incurs as a part of participation in this Fellowship.

For additional information, or to apply, please visit

Bright Futures 'Unpaid Internship' Scholarship

DEADLINE EXTENDED TWO DAYS: Wednesday, February 10
The Bright Futures 'Unpaid Internship' Scholarship awards students with need-based scholarships ranging from $250-$1,250 to help offset expenses incurred during unpaid internships.
Help us spread the word & please forward this email to your students!
Eligible Candidates 
All registered University of Maryland, College Park undergraduate students returning to campus for the fall 2016 semester, who have an internship for spring 2016, are eligible to apply. Graduating seniors (May 2016 & August 2016) are not eligible. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors and to those who have not previously received an award.  In order for a student's internship to qualify for funding support, it must satisfy the following criteria:
  • Unpaid on-campus or off-campus internship with a non-profit organization or government agency
  • Offered during the spring and completed by Friday, May 20, 2016
  • Supervised by a professional in the organization
Submission Deadline: Wednesday, February 10 at 5 p.m.
If not addressed on website, contact:
Erica Ely
Program Director, Internships
University Career Center & The President's Promise or 301.314.0362
The Bright Futures 'Unpaid Internship' Scholarship is generously funded by a grant from The President's Fearless Fund and receives ongoing significant support from the University Career Center & The President's Promise.

Internship Opportunity at Campaign for Joel Rubin for Congress

The Campaign for Joel Rubin for Congress is currently seeking interns to help assist with the campaign. A description of duties of the interns can be found below:

Campaign Assistant:
Our interns will have the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to begin a strong career in the political sphere. Students will be working on all aspects of the campaign, including canvassing neighborhoods, calling voters, social media and communications, and helping organize events. These students would be expected to work out of our office in Silver Spring and would be expected to commit twenty hours a week towards the campaign. We're happy to arrange class credit, if needed.

Contact Andrew Vannucci (Field Organizer) with questions or for more information.
Email address:
Phone: 203-885-2030

Intern for a Day

Intern for a Day connects undergraduate students with alumni, parents, employers and community partners for one day internship/shadowing experiences.  This spring, we have 200+ hosts with 550+ possible shadowing placements in a wide variety of fields and industries!
Government & Politics  students may be particularly interested in the following sites:
  • 21st District Delegation
  • Bose Public Affairs Group
  • Charles County Government (Commissioner)
  • Court of Special Appeals
  • DC Taxi Commission
  • Defense Information School
  • Department of Veterans Affairs – Veteran Employment Services Office
  • District of Columbia Government (US Senator)
  • Maryland Building Industry Association
  • Maryland General Assembly
  • McGraw Hill Financial (VP of Public Affairs)
  • PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association
  • Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
  • Virginia Department of Taxation
  • Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch
  • Charles County Government (Commissioner)
  • Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County
  • Circuit Court for Howard County
  • Court of Special Appeals
  • District Court of Maryland for Baltimore County
  • Hassan, Hassan, & Tuchman
  • Law Office of Peter C. Wolk
  • Marriot International (finance & legal)
  • Office of the Public Defender
  • Pipe Gordon Wells (Investigator)
  • Social Security’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
  • 21st District Delegation
  • Bose Public Affairs Group
  • Charles County Government (Commissioner)
  • DC Taxi Commission
  • Development Services Group, Inc.
  • District of Columbia Government (US Senator)
  • Fairfax County Fire & Rescue (Life Safety Educator)
  • Maryland Building Industry Association
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Maryland General Assembly
  • McGraw Hill Financial (VP of Public Affairs)
  • PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association
  • Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • US Food & Drug Administration-Center for Veterinary Medicine
  • Virginia Department of Taxation
Review the complete list of participating hosts now!
In order to be considered for Intern for a Day, students must attend a short, 30-minute orientation session which covers the application process, workplace etiquette, appropriate dress, professional correspondence and more.  
The Intern for a Day application deadline is Sunday, February 14 at 11:59 p.m.  Students receive the application via email after attending one mandatory orientation session. More details can be found at
For immediate questions, contact

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Scholarships Extended Deadline

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences offers several scholarships to current students. Each scholarship has individual eligibility criteria. Applications are due on February 12, 2016. Scholarship awards are for the fall 2016 semester. For additional information and requirements, please visit: 

Deadline to apply:
Friday, February 12, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.

For materials that cannot be submitted in your online application, please send or deliver remaining items to:

Attn: Margaret Doyle
College of Behavioral & Social Sciences
University of Maryland
2141 Tydings Hall
College Park, MD 20742

or email

Questions regarding the scholarships or the application process can be e-mailed to  
Please include "scholarships" in the subject line when e-mailing. All electronic recommendations should be sent from a University email address to Thank you!