PUBLIC SERVICE SCHOLARS FAQ’s
What is the Shriver Center?
The Shriver Center at UMBC has become a national leader in applied learning, civic engagement, and community-based service delivery. The Shriver Center, named for the legacy of Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, enables students to connect theory to practice and thought to action, bringing their experience back to the classroom, and is UMBC’s primary structured vehicle for producing socially engaged citizens who graduate with the commitment and experience to contribute responsibly in their communities, the state and the nation. The Shriver Center also collaborates with others in our community to create and implement initiatives designed to strengthen communities, building local capacity to deal with pressing problems of the day.
What expectations am I required to meet?
In addition to completing a full-time internship, fellows are expected to attend all orientation activities, seminars, meetings, and events throughout the fellowship and be contributing member of their project group. Additionally, fellows are asked to complete time sheets, goals and expectations, brief reflection assignments, and other tasks that benefit the program. Fellows are also expected to act professionally as representatives of the program, their home institution, and the Shriver Center at UMBC.
Can I get internship credit?
You should discuss this with your Career Center or Internship Coordinator at your home institution. We have found that offering credit through UMBC is unpopular, you would have a second transcript listing only this experience. UMBC students are welcome to register for PRAC 098 through the Career Center, or the PRAC Public Service Scholars through the Shriver Center.
My family has a vacation planned during the fellowship, may I take time off?
Unfortunately, due to the short time period of the fellowship, opportunities for learning, and cohort model, we do not grant vacation time off. We understand that family time is important and hope that you’ll be able to spend time with them before and after the fellowship. The 10 weeks you spend in the fellowship will significantly benefit you, and we think you’ll look back on the time fondly.
How will I receive my stipend?
Stipends are distributed 2 or 3 times throughout the program. The first stipend will always be in the form of a paper check, regardless of if you completed a direct deposit form. The exception to this is if you are already employed by UMBC or another school in the USM system (usually) and were enrolled in direct deposit prior to this program.
Is housing provided for fellows?
Housing is not provided for fellows. It is up to the fellows to arrange housing prior to the start of the fellowship. Students who live out of state or far from central Maryland in need of housing should contact the Program Coordinator immediately after accepting the fellowship and may be connected to partner organizations with potential housing options. You are also encouraged to reach out to your institution’s career center and residential life office and see what options they may suggest.
I don’t have a car. How am I going to get to my site?
It is the responsibility of the fellow to be able to get to and from your site placement everyday. Working from home is not permitted as we want you to get the full experience. If accepted you will be asked to keep this in mind when selecting your host site preferences, which will indicate accessibility by public transportation in the description. We do our best to recruit host sites from across the state though many are concentrated in the greater Annapolis/Baltimore areas (especially for GSIP and MDOT).
Where are the orientation sessions and seminars held?
Most seminars and orientations are held at UMBC, just outside of Baltimore. The campus is accessible by public transportation. If you do not own a car, it is still your responsibility to attend these seminars. All efforts to help arrange a carpool with other students, or provide information regarding public transportation will be made. Transportation to any seminars, meetings, and excursions that are held off-site will be provided or carpools will be arranged.