Political Internship in Annapolis in Spring 2013
UMES students have the opportunity to participate in the General Assembly's Legislative Intern Program which provides research and staff assistance to legislators. Interns will have both educational and practical work experience in the Legislative Branch of Maryland State government.
- A junior or senior presently enrolled at UMES, in any field or department. If you are not yet a junior or senior, you can plan to work toward this opportunity later.
- Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average. If your GPA is not high enough, you can work harder and apply next year.
- Receive 12 academic credits for the internship by enrolling in POLI 488-101 or SOCI 490-201.
- Work in Annapolis full time during the 13-week legislative session. The General Assembly meets annually for 90 days, from the second Wednesday in January through early April 2013. The legislature does not take holidays during its 90-day session. Interns must commit to a weekly work schedule with no holidays or spring break.
The type of work that interns do is mainly legislative, although some duties are clerical. Legislative responsibilities include:
- Conducting research;
- Drafting correspondence;
- Preparing, recording, and reporting testimony;
- Contacting witnesses;
- Attending committee hearings;
- Tracking bills;
- Working on mailings;
- Responding to constituent’s inquiries; and,
- Writing newsletters and working on the website
The state of Maryland awards each intern a $1000 stipend to help with the interns' costs to participate in the program. UMES awards an additional stipend to interns.
To apply, come to my office for an application. My office hours are below. Applications are due October 30th.
Kathryn Barrett-Gaines, Ph.D.
Student Hours: Tues/Thurs: noon-12:30 and 2-3:30
Director of African American Studies
Associate Professor of African and African American History
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Princess Anne, MD 21853