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Apply to GSIP!


The priority deadline* to apply is March 1, 2018.  
All applications must be submitted by March 15, 2018.

A completed application will include:

  • Completed application form
  • 2 Essay responses (see prompts below)
  • Resume
  • Transcripts (Unofficial are fine)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (see below for submission instructions)

Please upload all documents as a .pdf and save each as  “GSIP Last Name, First Initial- (document name)” example: “GSIP Smith, J- Resume”



All applications will be reviewed after March 15 by a committee made up of representatives from the Governor’s Office, government and higher education professionals, former program participants, and others familiar with the program.

Essay Questions
Please be sure to include your name in the file name and in the document.  Essays may be submitted as a Word document or PDF and may be saved as one file.  Essays typically range between 2-4 pages double spaced.

Essay 1

Personal Statement
Please write a personal statement narrative in which you address the following:
  • Why you are interested in the program and what will you bring to the program as a fellow
  • How you imagine linking your involvement in the program with your career goals and personal aspirations. Please be sure to also address how these goals and interests align with Public Service Scholars program’s focus on public service and our motto “launching Maryland’s next generation of change agents”.

personal statement note: We welcome your reflections in your narrative upon your identity and background (i.e., culture/ethnicity, religion, socio-economic class, race, gender, sexual orientation, other…).

Essay 2

Select an issue or policy impacting the state of Maryland that is of interest to you. Describe, specifically, how you would address and tackle this issue as a government leader.

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.  Please be sure to submit your transcripts for each post-secondary institution you’ve attended.

Letters of Recommendation
Ask your reference for a letter of recommendation early; thoughtful recommendations take time to write and your references are busy people.  Tell them about the program and why you are interested in it. Good recommendation letters will speak to specific strengths and skills- we would rather see a letter from a professor or employer who knows you well than from a legislator from your district.  Letters should be 1-2 pages.  Please upload signed letters on letterhead with your other application documents or have letters emailed from a professional email address to will also be accepted.

Internship Placement
Students accepted into the Governor’s Summer Internship Program will be placed in a position that aligns with their interests and skills once they have accepted their position offer.

Priority Deadline
Submitting your application earlier than February 28 does not give you any advantage so take your time to be thorough.  Submitting after the priority deadline including on March 15th will not negatively impact your application.

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