Each year during the session of the Maryland General Assembly, up to one hundred students are given the opportunity to serve as legislative interns. Upon acceptance into the program, students interview for placement with the legislators, committees, or caucuses of the Maryland General Assembly.
Juniors and Seniors presently enrolled in a public or independent Maryland college or university or are a Maryland resident are eligible to apply. Students must be at least 18 years of age, have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average, and show proof of competency in college composition. A student with a lower GPA may participate in the program if recommended by the sponsoring professor and accepted by the MGA coordinator. Many of the interns are political science majors; however students working for degrees in other areas who are interested in learning firsthand about the process pf state government are encouraged to apply.
Academic credits must be granted to the interns by their colleges and universities and can range from three to sixteen, depending on the number of days per week the intern works in Annapolis and on the amount of additional academic work that is required by their sponsoring professors.
The type of work assigned to the interns is mainly legislative, although some duties are clerical in nature. legislative responsibilities may include:
- Writing Correspondence
- Preparing, recording, and reporting testimony
- Contacting Witnesses
- Attending Committee Hearings
- Tracking Bills
- Working on Mailings
- Responding to Constituents' inquiries and handling problems
- Writing Newsletters
Contact the government and Politics office in 3104 Tydings Hall for an application. All applications are due by October 31st.