Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Maryland General Assembly Internships - apply by 4/8

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.  Interns serve at the MGA for twenty hours a week during the spring legislative session.  In previous sessions, interns researched proposed legislation, responded to constituent mail, organized news conferences, and wrote and delivered testimony.

In the Fall semester course (ENGL381/HONR368A) conveys three credits, and teaches students the skills that the internship will require. In addition, students learn about the MGA and Maryland state politics.  
The Spring internship (ENGL388M/HONR379W) conveys six credits.

ENGL 381 satisfies the Professional Writing Requirement, and ENGL 388M satisfies one Scholarship in Practice requirement.  Benefits of participating in the program include:

•             Earn nine credits
•             Complete the university’s professional writing graduation requirement
•             Receive a minimum of $850 as a stipend to help defray expenses
•             Receive a pass for free parking in the Naval Academy stadium parking lot
•             Serve as an undergraduate ambassador to the state government

Many program alums consider two other benefits 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.  
You can find full information about the program here

To apply, just download an application form from the website. You will need to submit the completed application (including an unofficial copy of your transcript) along with two recommendations to receive full consideration. The application deadline for your portion of the application is Friday, April 8, 2016. (Recommendations may come later if necessary.) After that, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
If you have additional questions about the program, please feel free to contact me at lewiske@umd.edu.