GVPT majors students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the university's close proximity to Washington D.C. and Annapolis by completing internship experiences during their time at UMD. Interning is a great way to gain valuable career experience and set yourself up for success upon graduation.

 

Finding an Internship

The university offers a wide variety of resources to assist students with finding an internship. These include:

GVPT Undergraduate Blog – The advising office posts relevant internship opportunities to the blog whenever we are made aware of them. It is highly recommended that students subscribe to the blog by entering their e-mail address in the "Follow us by Email" box on the blog's home page. 

GVPT Internship Database - Visit the internship database to get an idea of some internship opportunities in the field of Government and Politics and see where other GVPT students have worked in the past.

BSOS Undergraduate Blog – The BSOS blog contains relevant internship and other opportunities specific to BSOS students.

University Career Center offers numerous resources to help with exploring careers, preparing for interviews, finding an internship or job, and gaining relevant experience. Students can also attend workshops or schedule an appointment to get assistance with creating resumes and cover letters. Explore their site to find out more information.

Careers4Terps is UMD’s online search tool for jobs and internships that have been specifically posted by employers looking for UM students and alumni. There is also a job board created specifically for GVPT-related jobs and internships that students can use for quicker searching.

The BSOS Career Page provides customized internship and career resources specifically for BSOS students. Students can schedule an individual career advising appointment with the University Career Center @ BSOS by clicking here. These appointments can help with internship and career searching, as well as, resume and cover letter help.

Other Resources

 

Credit for Internships

GVPT students have several opportunities to receive credit for a political science or related internships. These include:

GVPT Internship Program: Managed by the Center for American Politics and Citizenship (CAPC), students who are accepted to this program can earn up to 3 upper-level major credits and 6 elective credits for an internship. See the program’s application for detailed information about acceptable internships and how credit is earned. Specific questions not answered on the application can be directed to the program coordinator, Rachel Vierling (RVierlin [at] umd.edu). 

Global Fellows: This year-long university-wide program provides an integrated combination of classroom and professional experience designed to provide a deep understanding of global leadership and policy and the ways in which they are developed, influenced and carried out. Students accepted into this program can earn upper-level major credit for their Global Fellows fall seminar.

Federal Fellows: This year-long university-wide programis designed to prepare talented, diverse undergraduate students to excel in professional internships and pursue careers of influence and impact, especially in the public sector.Student accepted into this program can earn upper-level major credit for their Federal Fellows fall seminar.

BSOS Internship Program: Students accepted to the BSOS Internship program can earn 3-6 elective credits for their internship hours.

Notes about internship credit:
  • Students may count a max of 6 experiential learning credits towards their GVPT major requirements, including internship seminar courses, mock trial, and independent study.
  • Internships on political campaigns and on-campus internships are not eligible for credit under the GVPT Internship program through CAPC.
  • No internship credit will be granted retroactively