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Intern with Maryland’s Congressional delegation
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Summer: March 15
Fall Semester: July 15
Spring Semester: November 15
U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
Summer 2020 Application – Deadline: March 2, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
U.S. Representative Andy Harris (R-MD-1)
U.S. Representative C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-MD-2)
U.S. Representative John Sarbanes (D-MD-3)
U.S. Representative Anthony Brown (D-MD-4)
U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD-5)
U.S. Representative David Trone (D-MD-6)
U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD-8)
Intern in the Maryland General Assembly
The General Assembly’s Legislative Intern Program offers approximately 100 college and university students the opportunity to provide research and staff assistance to legislators during each session and to have both an educational and practical work experience in the Legislative Branch of State government. Upon acceptance into the program, students interview for placement with legislators, committees, or caucuses of the Maryland General Assembly.
Many of the interns are political science majors; however, students working toward degrees in other areas, who are interested in learning firsthand about the process of State government, are encouraged to apply.
Academic credits are granted to interns by their colleges and universities. Additional academic work may be required by the sponsoring professors.
The General Assembly meets annually for a period of 90 calendar days, beginning the second Wednesday in January and continuing through early April. During the initial months, the busiest days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, with few or no committee hearings scheduled for Mondays or Fridays. Most legislators would like their interns to work the three days from Tuesday through Thursday or full-time. However, realizing the demands of college scheduling, the General Assembly accepts students who are able to work only two days per week.
Since the legislature does not take any holidays during its 90-day session, interns are required to commit themselves to a weekly work schedule and to take no holidays or spring break.
College students presently enrolled in a public or independent college or university are eligible to apply. Students must:
- Be at least 18 years of age;
- Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average. (A student with a lower G.P.A. may participate in the program if recommended by the sponsoring professor and accepted by the Intern Office);
- Have proof of competency in college composition;
- Receive academic credit for the internship; and
- Be able to work in Annapolis at least two days each week during the 13-week legislative session.
The type of work assigned to interns is mainly legislative, although some duties are clerical in nature. Legislative responsibilities may include:
- Conducting research;
- Drafting correspondence;
- Preparing, recording, and reporting testimony;
- Contacting witnesses;
- Attending committee hearings;
- Tracking bills;
- Working on mailings;
- Responding to constituents’ inquiries; and,
- Writing newsletters.
Each intern is awarded a stipend to help defray the costs of participating in the program. The total session stipend varies, depending on the number of days per week the intern works in Annapolis. To be eligible for the program, a student must be able to work a minimum of two full days each week of session.
- $850 per session = 2 days per week
- $1,250 per session = 3 days per week
- $1,650 per session = 4 days per week
- $2,000 per session = 5 days per week
To apply, contact your college or university intern coordinator, career counselor, or department dean for an application. All placements are made during the fall semester, and applications should be received by the Maryland General Assembly Human Resources by October 31.
Governor’s Intern Leadership Program
HISTORY & PURPOSE
The Governor’s Intern Leadership Program engages Maryland’s brightest students by integrating training from the classroom with practical and real-life work experience based on the students’ interests and abilities. This program is crafted to provide a unique, hands-on experience where students can develop rapport with their office of placement while gaining valuable understanding of state government.
Students seeking an internship must:
- Currently enrolled in an Associate, Undergraduate, Graduate, or Law Program
- Maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average
- Be able and will to work at least 16-20 hour/week during the Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm work week
Students who live in Maryland and/or are attending schools in Maryland and are receiving college credit are given priority consideration.
APPLICATION AND INTERVIEW PROCEDURES
Please complete the online application. In addition to a completed application please submit a cover letter describing your interest in pursuing an internship, as well as your future and career goals. A resume and 2 references. One reference letter from a teacher or professor and a personal recommendation letter that is not from a family member.
Please see above application website for application deadlines. Applications may be accepted after deadlines, but do limit your chance for being considered.
The internship coordinator will review the applications, complete phone interviews, and place applicants in offices throughout the administration.
TIMELINE FOR INTERNSHIP
- The program is year-round; it lasts 10 weeks during the summer and throughout the fall and/or spring semesters.
- Interns are expected to work at least 16 hours per week, though exceptions may be made when class schedules are involved.
- Once a month there may be an organized activity for the interns to attend as a group.
- Contact the Internship Coordinator for deadlines to apply.
POTENTIAL OPPORTUNITIES AND OFFICE DESCRIPTIONS
The placement of interns depends on the individual student’s interests and the needs of the supervisors from the given offices listed.
PLACEMENT PROCEDURES & ORIENTATION
Candidates will be notified of their acceptance at least three weeks prior to start date. The specific number of internships available in the administration shall be pre-determined each semester based on need. Interns shall be asked, as part of the application process, to rank their top three potential office placement choices. After acceptance into the Governor Intern leadership program, all interns must undergo orientation. At Orientation we will review The Office of the Governor Policies and Procedures. Interns may not start work until Orientation has been completed.
TIMELINE FOR INTERNSHIP
Our internship program is year round. During the Spring and Fall interns are expected to work at least 16 hours per week. For summer internships please visit the Governor’s Summer Internship Program for details.
- Spring 2020 (January –April) application deadline December 31, 2019
- Summer- (May-August) Please visit https://publicservicescholars.umbc.edu/gsip/ for details on the Governor’s Summer Internship Program.
- Fall 2019 (September-December) application deadline August 15, 2019.
Appointments: Organized in 1967 within the Office of the Governor, the Appointments Office assists the Governor in appointing over 600 statewide and local boards and commissions, judgeships, and cabinet positions. Tasks for an intern in this office may include: assisting in preparing appointment certificates for appointees; monitoring appointees’ compliance in taking the required oath; notifying appointees, appropriate agencies, and officials about appointments; contacting prospective candidates to fill out applications for appointment consideration; and assisting the office staff as needed.
Community Initiatives: The Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives coordinates community and volunteer service activities across Maryland; develops and coordinates Governor Larry Hogan’s policy agenda affecting community programs and initiatives; and advises Governor Hogan on policies to enhance and improve the delivery of community and volunteer services.
Deputy Chiefs of Staff
Constituent Services Office: The Constituent Services Office receives and responds to the Governor’s mail, e-mail, and phone calls from constituents. Interns in this office may be asked to assist in drafting, editing, and sending correspondence to the public.
Office of Performance Improvement: Created by Executive Order on October 9, 2015, this office is the primary vehicle to improve the efficiency of Maryland agencies through transparency and accountability. This office evaluates agencies year-round; facilitates collaboration between agencies to improve performance; focuses on eliminating duplication, fraud, and waste by improving business processes throughout agencies; holds agencies accountable for implementing audit recommendations; and publishes information on the progress state agencies make in meeting their goals. Interns in this office assist with gathering and analyzing performance data, and contributing as needed with other tasks in the office.
Public Affairs Office
Washington, D.C. Office
Point of contact
Director Executive Services
Office of the Governor
100 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401