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Nonprofit Leadership Program

The Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Program introduces undergraduate and graduate students attending Maryland institutions to the nonprofit sector.  Students work full-time at nonprofit organizations, gaining exposure to all of the components of these organizations, mentored by senior level administrators.  

Additionally, fellows participate in seminars, trips, and networking opportunities with leaders in the nonprofit sector.  They also work together in groups to apply the knowledge gained in the seminars and at their sites to create proposals to solve problems posed by area nonprofit organizations.  The program culminates in a celebration where the fellows present their proposals to various community stakeholders.  Fellows are paid a stipend of $3,000 for their participation in the program.

The Fellowship Has 4 Components:

Fellows are placed at a nonprofit organization full-time, 4 days a week, under the mentorship of a senior-level professional

Fellows attend an orientation and seminars to strengthen their understanding of the functions of nonprofits and examining community needs and social challenges

Fellows attend meetings, events, field trips, and networking opportunities to connect with Maryland’s leaders

Fellows work together in groups to put their knowledge and skills into practice, researching, preparing, and presenting an analysis and recommendation for a problem facing an area nonprofit

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.

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