Friday, February 22, 2019

Applications for Maryland General Assembly Internship Program NOW OPEN!

You are invited to apply for the Maryland General Assembly (MGA) Internship Program, a two-semester course open only to students who have earned superior academic records and who have demonstrated effective writing skills.

The minimum criteria for this two-semester program is as follows:

·         A minimum cumulative UMD GPA of 3.0

·         Junior standing (minimum of 60 credits) by the end of the Fall 2019 semester

·         A grade of B- or better in any writing courses taken at UMD

·         Registered UMD student in both Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters

Many program alums have stated the MGA program offers the best internship opportunity at UMD. Interns serve at the MGA for 16-20 hours per week during the spring legislative session (January-April 2020). Their assignments develop invaluable professional skills. In previous sessions, interns researched proposed legislation, responded to constituent mail, organized news conferences, and wrote and delivered testimony. The internship (ENGL388M/HONR379W) conveys six credits.

In the preceding fall semester, students will take a three credit course (ENGL381/HONR368A) which teaches students the skills that the internship will require. In addition, students learn about the MGA and Maryland state politics.

ENGL 381 satisfies the Professional Writing Requirement for the General Education Program, and ENGL 388M satisfies one Scholarship in Practice requirement.

Benefits of participating in the program:

•             Earn a total of nine upper level credits
•             Complete the university’s professional writing graduation requirement
•             Satisfy one of the university’s two required Scholarship in Practice courses, at least one of which must be taken outside of your major

•             Receive a minimum of $850 as a stipend to help defray travel expenses
•             Receive a pass for free parking in the Naval Academy stadium parking lot
•             Serve as an undergraduate ambassador to the state government

There are two other benefits to this program that are perhaps even more valuable. First, the program helps develop skills that will help graduates secure real-world jobs. Second, it enables them to network with legislators and legislative staff. (Several program alums have gone on to work for the MGA!)

Here’s what recent interns had to say about their experience in Annapolis:

·         “My Delegate asked me to prepare testimony for his bill hearing.  He read my speech verbatim during the hearing and it was quoted in the local paper the next day!”

·         “My Senator, my office, and other connections I made in Annapolis recommended me for jobs after graduation and wrote great law school recommendations.”

·         "I learned more in this internship than I ever could from sitting in a classroom. The firsthand experience of being in Annapolis and experiencing the day-to-day actions helped me to gain a much better understanding of how Maryland politics works."

You can find full information about the program on

To apply, just download an application from the website. You will need to submit the completed application (including an unofficial copy of your transcript) along with two recommendations ASAP to receive full consideration. The application deadline for your portion of the application is Friday, April 5, 2019. (Recommendations may arrive shortly thereafter if necessary.) After that, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis ONLY if space in the class is still available.

If you have additional questions about the program, please feel free to contact me at

REMINDER: DEADLINE to Apply for GVPT Scholarships is March 1st!

Apply for GVPT Scholarships for the 2019-2020 Academic Year!

Each Spring semester, the Department of Government & Politics offers several scholarship opportunities for qualified GVPT students. The application for GVPT scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year is now open. You can find information about each scholarship on our website here:

The online application can be accessed directly by visiting
The deadline to apply is Friday, March 1st at 4:00pm.

Ziff Asia Society Fellowship

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Peer Advisors Wanted!

Law School Application Assistance through ASAP - Apply Now!

When: various weekends in June, July, August

How: Apply here:

Where: Manhattan, NY; Washington, DC Houston, TX; Chicago, IL; & Los Angeles, CA

Preparing talented, motivated, yet under-represented students to successfully gain admission to and succeed in law school.  The ASAP program curriculum will focus on aspects of the law school application process that are commonly overlooked or undervalued by students when applying to law school.

·         Selecting a law school,

·         Writing an effective personal statement,

·         Choosing sources for letters of recommendations,

·         Preparing strategies for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and understanding the impact of LSAT scores and Grade Point Averages (GPA) in the selection process,

·         Understanding the significance of the early application process offered by many law schools

·         Managing Debt and developing credit worthiness

·         Common errors committed by law school applicants

CLEO is a non-profit organization.  Since 1968, CLEO has helped more than 7,000 low-income and minority students become successful members of the legal profession.  The College Scholars Program seeks to continue this standard of excellence through a collaborative effort between CLEO and colleges and universities throughout the United States.   

Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Intern for a Day

Mandatory Orientations Occur Next Week!

Intern for a Day connects undergraduate UMD students with alumni, parents, employers and community partners for one day job shadowing experiences.


In order to receive an application to participate in Intern for a Day, students must attend an informative, 30-minute orientation session that will cover the application process, how students will be matched with a host, best practices when shadowing the host on-site and how to show appreciation to the host after the experience.

Spring 2019 Intern for a Day Orientation Dates (Total of 7 Sessions Available): 
All orientations take place in the University Career Center & The President's Promise
3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing

Please RSVP for the session that works best with your schedule.
Students will receive the application after attending one of the orientation sessions above.  Applications will be due Sunday, March 3 at 11:59pm.

The majority of questions about Intern for a Day's process and structure will be addressed during the mandatory orientation session.  For other questions or concerns, please email

Students who have already participated in Intern for a Day still need to attend one orientation session.