Friday, August 30, 2013

Internship Opportunity- Governor's Office of Minority Affairs

The Governor's Office of Minority Affairs is seeking an intern for the Fall 2013 semester.

Duties and responsibilities for the intern:

The Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs (GOMA) connects small, minority- and women-owned businesses to State contracting and procurement opportunities through the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Small Business Reserve (SBR) programs while working with State agencies to implement and monitor these programs in accordance with applicable policies, laws and regulations.  As a cabinet level agency, GOMA also serves as an advisor to the Administration on key issues affecting the small and disadvantaged business communities.  This includes taking a lead role in working with stakeholders to develop and implement policies and procedures aimed at increasing participation in State contracting by small, minority- and women-owned businesses.

The intern will work directly for the Assistant Secretary and the Director and Manager of MBE Compliance.    This assignment will provide an excellent opportunity to obtain “hands on” experience in advocacy, compliance and procurement matters.   In particular, the intern will:

·         Attend Board of Public Works (BPW) meetings and assist in the review of the contracts presented to BPW for approval.

·         Attend meetings with State agency and VLT Facility representatives as needed.

·         Assist with intake of advocacy cases regarding MBE and SBR programs.

·         Assist with the production of GOMA's Training Modules (electronic, hardcopy, web enabled, and videos).

·         Assist with the collection, verification, validation, and consolidation of MBE data from 72 Maryland state agencies and Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) Facilities.

·         Assist with the collection, verification, validation, and consolidation of SBR data from the 23 SBR-designated State agencies.

·         Assist in the development of directives regarding the MBE and SBR programs.

·         Review and analyze supporting documentation submitted by State agencies and VLT facilities and provide support to transfer/upload data to a database.

The ideal candidate should possess excellent oral and written communication skills. The intern should be able to synthesize information and data from different sources and analyze the information. Knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel (including ability to develop macros and create complex spreadsheets) is required. Experience working with databases (e.g. SQL, Microsoft Access) and web design skills (e.g. HTML5) is preferred but not required.

The intern will be located in Baltimore. Local travel will be required. There will be opportunities to travel to meetings in Annapolis and other State agencies. Personal transportation is not required.
Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Carmina Perez-Fowler at

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