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Department of Homeland Security (USCIS - EMS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s volunteer intern program places University of Maryland interns into the Emergency Management and Safety (EMS) Branch within the Office of Security and Integrity. The mission of the EMS Branch is to provide the highest quality of emergency management, continuity of operations and government planning services to USCIS by ensuring a resilient and prepared workplace with an ability to continue government and USCIS mission-essential functions.

Continuity requirements ensure that all agency tasks can be performed during all hazards. Emergency Management focuses on the preservation of life and property by lessening the impact of future disasters. At USCIS, we prepare for these events by conducting exercises based on the fifteen national disaster scenarios, such as Hurricane, Tornado, Earthquake, Airborne Anthrax, Improvised Explosive Devices and Cyber. The exercises we conduct validate the training and planning that is done continuously throughout the year.

As such, USCIS is looking for interns that can work in an environment that touches all disciplines. Whether UMD students have a background in Accounting, Business Law, Criminal Justice, Gov’t and Politics, History, Language or another field, EMS can use their skill set and their background to better prepare the Department of Homeland Security to respond to any crisis. Interns can be expected to make policy, develop memorandums, perform training, participate in exercises, become certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Continuity and gain understanding of how the federal government works.

For more information or to submit an application for consideration, please contact Robert Butler at robert.d.butler@uscis.dhs.go 

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.

Maryland Internship Program

The Maryland Internship Program is designed for students looking to supplement their academic course work with real-world experience in Maryland politics. MIP places 20 to 30 highly-qualified UMD undergraduate students in internships throughout Maryland state government. These internships provide unique internship experiences for motivated and talented students to work within state government. In addition to exposing interns to the governmental process, the program provides Maryland government leaders with research and other professional staff assistance. CAPC has already received a number of internship placement requests from Maryland state and local agencies, but strongly encourages students to think about and research offices that closely match their personal interests. This helps to ensure the student and the office receive the best possible experience.

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.

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