10/26/2021 Update: Both in-person and virtual internships will be available. (Legislators will get to decide which way they would like their intern to work.) Interested students must contact me as soon as possible with their intent to apply and send their applications to me by 2:00 PM on Friday, Oct. 29. There may be some deadline flexibility so contact Dr. Antkowiak ASAP if you are interested.
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.
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 Antkowiak (formerly 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 (2022 Student Intern Application), including all required attachments, to Dr. Antkowiak (formerly Hussey) at email@example.com sometime by mid-October. An application for sponsorship also requires an informal interview and two recommendations from faculty. Faculty should convey recommendations directly to Dr. Antkowiak (formerly Hussey) – in informal emails, formal letters, or this Political Science Internship Recommendation Form.