The Governor’s Summer Internship Program (GSIP) introduces Maryland’s best and brightest college students to the challenges and rewards of working within state government.

GSIP has the following two goals in mind:

  1. To instill a knowledge and understanding of the purpose and functions of state government in the emerging leadership of the next generation
  2. To attract some of Maryland’s best and brightest students to public service upon completion of their formal education.

During the GSIP program, interns work on substantive projects with senior-level public administrators and policy makers in departments or policy areas that closely correspond with each intern’s field of study or career interests. Duties often include attending meetings, drafting correspondence, tracking legislation, and researching policy options.




Interns also attend seminars and reflection sessions designed to introduce them to the specific rewards and challenges of public administration. These seminars are designed to broaden their knowledge of state government and heighten their appreciation and understanding of the interactive relationships between the various functions of government.




The Shriver Center’s Governor’s Summer Internship Program aims to attract our state’s most talented college students to explore the rewards and challenges of careers in public service; specifically state government.  GSIP students gain invaluable work experience in their areas of career interest through an internship, and develop skills in problem-solving, policy analysis, written and verbal communication, public speaking and teamwork through the program’s project component. The Shriver Center at the UMBC coordinates the program in conjunction with the Office of the Governor. Each participating student receives a $3,500 stipend.



Eligibility Criteria For GSIP Fellow Program Applicants:

  • Rising Junior or Senior in the summer of participation
    *Please note: if you are currently a sophomore, you are eligible if you will be a Junior in the upcoming summer
  • Attending a Maryland institution OR a current Maryland resident attending an out-of-state institution
  • GPA 2.7 or above
  • Available May 27 – August 8,  Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
  • Students must have the ability to be in Central Maryland 2-3 days a week


Important Dates:

  • October 1 – Applications Live
  • November 15 – Priority Application Deadline
  • December 15 – Priority Notifications
  • March 1- Final Application Deadline
  • April 1 – Final Notifications
  • May 27 – Program Begins
  • August 8 – Program Ends



The GSIP Fellowship Has 5 Components:


Fellows are placed at a government agency full-time, 4 days a week, under the mentorship of a senior-level professional


Fellows attend an orientation and seminars to strengthen their understanding of the functions of state government and policy making and participate in reflection activities throughout the program


Fellows attend meetings, events, field trips, and networking opportunities to connect with Maryland’s leaders


Fellows engage in a multi-step reflection process which explores their own relationship to social justice and equity


Fellows work together in groups to put their knowledge and skills into practice, researching and preparing a policy analysis and recommendation to present to the Governor



GSIP Policy Papers


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Helpful Resources



Past Student Internship Descriptions 

Take a look at this document for further information. 

Note: This document is the 2016 Public Service Scholars Fellows Book

Please note that this is not a full comprehensive list of all the types of fellowship positions and internship sites. Fellowship positions and internship sites vary per program and per year. 



Example Position Descriptions

Take a look at this document for further information.

Note: This document is the 2016 GSIP Positions

Please note that this is not a full comprehensive list of all the types of fellowship positions and internship sites. Fellowship positions and internship sites vary per program and per year.



Alumni Fellow Experience

Take a look at what our GSIP fellows have said about the MPSS program! Click the image below!




GSIP Fellows Gallery 


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