Tuesday, December 22, 2015

2016 Public Service Scholars- Paid Summer Positions!

Now accepting applications for the 2016 Public Service Scholars fellowship programs.  Each year 55 of Maryland’s best and brightest college students of ALL majors are given the opportunity to explore careers in public service and nonprofit organizations through the Walter Sondheim Jr. Public Service Summer Internship Scholarship program, supported by state legislation. Students are paid a stipend for their participation.

Public Service Scholars offers 4 programs: 
  • Governor’s Summer Internship Program
  • Sondheim Nonprofit Leadership Program
  • MDOT (Maryland Dept. of Transportation) Fellows Program
  • Sondheim Public Service Law Fellows (for law students only)

Information for all programs can be found by visiting http://shrivercenter.umbc.edu/publicservicescholars/

Public Service Scholars are Maryland's "best and brightest" students, interested in exploring careers in the public and social sectors, and committed to creating positive change in Maryland.  While the criteria varies by program, most fellows are rising Juniors or Seniors in Summer 2016, though there are some opportunities for graduate students.  Students must either be attending a Maryland institution (that's you!) or a Maryland resident attending school out of state. 

Applications for all programs are due March 15, 2016.  

What does participation in a Public Service Scholars fellowship entail?
Each program is comprised of 4 components:

[Experience] Fellows are placed at a nonprofit organization or government agency and work full-time under the mentorship of a senior-level professional

[Exploration] Fellows attend an orientation and frequent seminars to strengthen their understanding of the sector in which they are placed 

[Exposure] Fellows attend field trips, meetings, and networking events, and are given opportunities to connect with Maryland’s leaders

[Practice] Fellows work together in groups to put their knowledge and skills into practice and present their projects to stakeholders

Program Experiences
Present a policy proposal that you developed to the Governor of Maryland.  Take a boat ride on the Chesapeake and get a behind the scenes tour of Poplar Island, an wildlife habitat currently being restored.  Meet with key funders of nonprofit initiatives and grants.  These are just a few of the many experiences you may  participate in through these programs.  You'll also grow close to your cohort of students from across Maryland, further expanding your network.

Why should you apply?
 These fellowships allow students to gain real world experience, deepen their knowledge of the public and social sectors, and community challenges, meet some of Maryland’s  leaders, and put their skills, knowledge, and experience into practice to solve some of Maryland's most pressing issues.  Public Service Scholars have gone on to be influential leaders in the state.  State Secretary, State Senator, and Executive Director are just a few of the many titles that past participants hold! Networking with current leaders, young professionals, becoming a part of a network of over 1,000 Alumni opens doors to your future.

Visit http://shrivercenter.umbc.edu/publicservicescholars/ for information about each program and to apply.