Legislative Intern Program for College Students
The General Assembly's Legislative Intern Program offers
approximately 100 of Maryland's college and university students the opportunity
to provide research and staff assistance to legislators during each session and
to have both an educational and practical work experience in the Legislative
Branch of State government. Upon acceptance into the program, students
interview for placement with legislators, committees, or caucuses of the
Maryland General Assembly.
Juniors and seniors presently enrolled in a public or
independent Maryland college or university are eligible to apply. Students
Be at least 18 years of age;
Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average. (A
student with a lower G.P.A. may participate in the program if recommended by
the sponsoring professor and accepted by the Intern Office);
Have proof of competency in college composition;
Receive academic credit for the internship; and
Be able to work in Annapolis at least two days each week during
the 13-week legislative session.
Many of the interns are political science majors; however,
students working toward degrees in other areas who are interested in learning
firsthand about the process of State government are encouraged to apply.
Academic credits granted to interns by their colleges and
universities range from three to 16, depending on the number of days per week
the interns work in Annapolis and on the amount of additional academic work
that is required by the sponsoring professors.
The type of work assigned to interns is mainly legislative,
although some duties are clerical in nature. Legislative responsibilities may
Preparing, recording, and reporting testimony;
Attending committee hearings;
Working on mailings;
Responding to constituent’s inquiries; and,
Each intern is awarded a stipend to help defray the costs of
participating in the program. The total session stipend varies, depending on
the number of days per week the intern works in Annapolis. To be eligible
for the program, a student must be able to work a minimum of two full days each
week of session.
$850 per session = 2 days per week
$1,250 per session = 3 days per week
$1,650 per session = 4 days per week
$2,000 per session = 5 days per week
The General Assembly meets annually for a period of 90
calendar days, beginning the second Wednesday in January and continuing through
early April. During the initial months, the busiest days are Tuesdays,
Wednesdays, and Thursdays, with few or no committee hearings scheduled for
Mondays or Fridays. Most legislators would like their interns to work the
three days from Tuesday through Thursday or full-time. However, realizing
the demands of college scheduling, the General Assembly accepts students who
are able to work only two days per week.
Since the legislature does not take any holidays during its
90-day session, interns are required to commit themselves to a weekly work
schedule and to take no holidays or spring break.
To apply, contact your college or university intern
coordinator, career counselor, or department dean for an application. All
placements are made during the fall semester, and applications should be
received by the Maryland General Assembly Human Resources Office by October 31.
If you do not know the contact person for your college/university, contact:
Human Resources Office
311 Legislative Services Building
90 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
Washington Area: 301-970-5124
Toll Free: 1-800-492-7122