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Public Leadership Internship Program

The Public Leadership Internship Program consists of an internship experience and an academic component:

Internship Experience

Through the internship experience you will gain practical work experience while developing leadership skills in your chosen area of public leadership. You will be supervised and mentored by individuals within the organization and are expected to meet the objectives outlined in your learning contract. Your internship site supervisor will complete mid-semester and final evaluations of your work.

Academic Component

For the accompanying internship course, PLCY349, you will complete monthly journal reflections and a final paper on leadership in the workplace.  Upon completion of the course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the public policy process in a professional environment.
  • Develop informed and nuanced views of leadership in professional interactions in the public sector.
  • Understand the challenges of leadership in professional situations.
  • Be able to intelligently articulate, in writing, summaries of the key factors involved in public leadership.

http://www.publicpolicy.umd.edu/undergraduate/academics/programs/public-leadership-internship-program

START Internships

START offers unpaid internships year round on a variety of research projects and teams. During the course of their internship, participants are exposed to the most up-to-date theories, methods and information related to the study of terrorism. They are versed in the critical questions tackled by homeland security practitioners, policy makers and researchers, and are mentored in a professional environment geared toward student success. The program is designed to prepare the next generation of homeland security scholars and practitioners through real-world research experience.

START’s internship program is open to undergraduate and graduate students (as well as some recent graduates) in any related discipline from any institution. Each internship lasts for one term. Participants work at least 10 hours/week during the fall and spring semesters and 20 hours/week during the summer. Our internships can be undertaken for academic credit, and this is highly encouraged.  Interns participate in a program of enrichment and career development opportunities. All interns are required to work onsite with their research project staff. Because interns work directly with our researchers and staff on current research projects, the internship positions vary depending on our research portfolio.

http://www.start.umd.edu/careers/internships

Global and Federal Fellows Programs

The Federal Fellows Program prepares talented, diverse undergraduate students to excel in professional internships and pursue careers of influence and impact, especially in the public sector. Global Fellows in Washington, D.C. prepares students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experience necessary to become leaders in our increasingly globalized society. Both are yearlong programs that combine a fall academic seminar taught by industry experts and a spring internship. All students have access to personal advising, workshops, special events, guest speakers, and D.C. trips regardless of program/concentration.

http://www.federalsemester.umd.edu/

http://www.globalsemesterdc.umd.edu/

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