The Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Internship Program offers paid summer internship opportunities in the nonprofit sector to college juniors, seniors, and graduate students attending Maryland institutions. Participating interns work for 10-14 weeks during the semester while participating in weekly seminars in nonprofit management. Each participating student receives up to a $3,500 stipend.



During the SNLP program, interns work on substantive projects with senior-level mentors on areas that closely correspond with each intern’s field of study or career interests. Duties often include attending board meetings, developing marketing materials, writing grants, and coordinating summer programs.

Interns also attend weekly seminars designed to introduce them to the specific rewards and challenges of nonprofit management. These seminars are designed to broaden their knowledge of the nonprofit sector and their understanding of the various dimensions of successful nonprofit management.



The development of projects provide interns with a heightened awareness of the primary purpose of nonprofits: to serve people. Students will work on projects throughout the semester such as evaluating a policy, program, or practice using an equitable lens, and will then share those findings with their internship sites.


SNLP provides college and university undergraduate and graduate students from various majors with an opportunity to build valuable skills, gain experience in managing and leading public service organizations, and explore career choices within this sector. In doing so, the Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Internship Program makes an important contribution to the development of the state’s current and future workforce and citizenry.



Eligibility Criteria For SNLP Fellow Program Applicants:

  • Rising Junior or Senior, or current graduate student 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 SNLP Fellowship Has 5 Components:


Fellows are placed at a nonprofit organization full-time under the mentorship of a senior-level professional


Fellows attend an orientation and weekly seminars to strengthen their understanding of the functions of nonprofits and examining community needs and social challenges and participate in reflection activities


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 a challenge impacting Maryland and design an innovative way to address the challenge



SNLP Capstone Projects

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Helpful Resources


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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. 



Alumni Fellow Experience

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SNLP Fellows Gallery 


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