Maryland’s state legislature, the General Assembly (MGA), matches students to internships with state senators, delegates, committees, and caucuses during its annual January-April session. This popular program engages interns in very substantive legislative work and has helped many recent UMBC graduates who have participated in it gain their first jobs. It also pays a modest stipend. This brochure (MGA Intern Program_2020) contains additional details.
The MGA requires that prospective interns be sponsored by a professor who provides academic credit for the experience. Interns must be at least 18 years old and have GPAs of at least 3.0. Students with somewhat lower GPAs may be considered if recommended by the sponsoring professor.
Dr. Laura Hussey sponsors UMBC students from any major for this experience and offers academic credit through POLI 448 (4 credits). Depending on hours interned, students may be eligible for additional credit. Students seeking this sponsorship should email their completed MGA internship application (MGA 2020 Student Intern Application), including all required attachments, to Dr. Hussey at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 24, 2019. An application for sponsorship also requires an informal interview and two recommendations from faculty. Faculty should convey recommendations directly to Dr. Hussey – in informal emails, formal letters, or this Political Science Internship Recommendation Form – by October 24, 2019.