GVPT 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 – Internship opportunities will be posted to the blog. Please subscribe to the blog by entering your email address in the "Follow us by Email" box on the homepage.
BSOS Undergraduate Blog – The BSOS blog contains internship and other opportunities specific to BSOS students.
University Career Center – The 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 career fairs.
Careers4Terps – UMD’s online search tool for jobs and internships posted by employers specifically seeking UMD students and alumni.
- UMD students' previous internship sites
- Federal Student Jobs/Internships
- State Department Student Employment Programs
Credit for Internships
GVPT Internship Program: Students who are accepted to this program can earn 3 upper-level major credits and up to 6 elective credits for an internship. The application provides more information about the program and requirements. Please send any questions to the program coordinator, Rachel Vierling (rvierlin [at] umd.edu).
Note: The Fall 2020 program has been canceled.
GVPT Maryland General Assembly Joint Internship Program: GVPT and the Maryland General Assembly offer a joint internship program during the spring that gives students the opportunity to serve as legislative interns. Students can earn 3 upper-level major credits and 3 elective credits for the internship. Applicants must apply to GVPT first and accepted students' applications will then be sent to the Maryland General Assembly. The application period for Spring 2021 will open in Fall 2020.
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 3 upper-level major credits for their Global Fellows fall seminar.
Federal Fellows: This year-long university-wide program is designed to prepare talented, diverse undergraduate students to excel in professional internships and pursue careers of influence and impact, especially in the public sector. Students accepted into this program can earn 3 upper-level major credits 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 for political campaigns are not eligible for credit under the GVPT Internship Program.
- No internship credit will be granted retroactively.