Intern Leadership Program
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Intern Leadership Program

HISTORY & PURPOSEIntern working with community planners

The Governor’s Intern Leadership Program engages Maryland’s brightest students by integrating training from the classroom with practical and real-life work experience based on the students’ interests and abilities. This program is crafted to provide a unique, hands-on experience where students can develop rapport with their office of placement while gaining valuable understanding of state government.


Students seeking an internship must:

  • Be enrolled in an associate, undergraduate, graduate, or law program
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Complete the hiring process listed below

Students who live in Maryland and/or are attending schools in Maryland and are receiving college credit are given priority consideration.


  • Complete application and submit resume, personal statement and references (more below)
  • Internship Coordinator will conduct phone interviews with students who apply
  • The application material will be forwarded to the potential office that best fits the student’s interests and potential office pre-determined needs
  • Conduct on-site interview if needed with office and student (this gives student opportunity to test drive commute and determine if travel time/modes are feasible)
  • Verbal and/or written acceptance or denial of internship will be given to student by the Internship Coordinator
  • If accepted, student will be given a contract to sign with a start date and weekly schedule/hours expected to work


  • The program is year-round; it lasts 10 weeks during the summer and throughout the fall and/or spring semesters.
  • Interns are expected to work at least 10 hours per week, though exceptions may be made when class schedules are involved.
  • Once a month there may be an organized activity for the interns to attend as a group.
  • Contact the Internship Coordinator for deadlines to apply.

POTENTIAL OPPORTUNITIES AND OFFICE DESCRIPTIONSInterns working on a community vitalization project

The placement of interns depends on the individual student’s interests and the needs of the supervisors from the given offices listed.

Appointments: Organized in 1967 within the Office of the Governor, the Appointments Office assists the Governor in appointing over 600 statewide and local boards and commissions, judgeships, and cabinet positions.  Tasks for an intern in this office may include: assisting in preparing appointment certificates for appointees; monitoring appointees’ compliance in taking the required oath; notifying appointees, appropriate agencies, and officials about appointments; contacting prospective candidates to fill out applications for appointment consideration; and assisting the office staff as needed.

Community Initiatives: The Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives coordinates community and volunteer service activities across Maryland; develops and coordinates Governor Larry Hogan’s policy agenda affecting community programs and initiatives; and advises Governor Hogan on policies to enhance and improve the delivery of community and volunteer services.

Deputy Chiefs of Staff

Constituent Services Office: The Constituent Services Office receives and responds to the Governor’s mail, e-mail, and phone calls from constituents. Interns in this office may be asked to assist in drafting, editing, and sending correspondence to the public.

First Lady’s Office

Homeland Security Office

Grants OfficeInterns working on a report

Office of Performance Improvement: Created by Executive Order on October 9, 2015, this office is the primary vehicle to improve the efficiency of Maryland agencies through transparency and accountability. This office evaluates agencies year-round; facilitates collaboration between agencies to improve performance; focuses on eliminating duplication, fraud, and waste by improving business processes throughout agencies; holds agencies accountable for implementing audit recommendations; and publishes information on the progress state agencies make in meeting their goals. Interns in this office assist with gathering and analyzing performance data, and contributing as needed with other tasks in the office.

Business Ombudsman

Office for Children

Crime Control and Prevention

Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Policy Office

Public Affairs Office

Legislative Office

Office of Minority Affairs

Lieutenant Governor’s Office

Communications Office

Secretary of State’s Office

Washington, D.C. Office



  1. Application
  2. Resume
  3. Personal Statement
  4. 2 References

Via mail or e-mail to:

Gaye Adams
Director Executive Services
Office of the Governor
100 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-260-3905 (office)