2014 Shriver Center Public Service Scholars Programs

The 2014 Shriver Center Public Service Scholars Programs have all been launched within the last several weeks. This year’s programs, The Governor’s Summer Internship Program (GSIP), the Sondheim Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Program and MDOT Fellows Program have a total of 50 participants from institutions across the state of Maryland, as well as some out of state institutions. With all of the programs, students are placed with senior-level officials in government agencies and nonprofits across the state.

The Governor’s Summer Internship Program introduces college students to the unique challenges and rewards of working within Maryland state government. Interns work for ten weeks during the summer in state government agencies doing substantive tasks ranging from drafting speeches and correspondence to researching policy options and assisting with constituent case work. Students develop policy papers on a significant issue facing Maryland and present their findings to Governor O’Malley in person. The program is led by the Shriver Center in partnership with the Office of the Governor.

The Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Program offers summer internship opportunities in the nonprofit sector to college juniors, seniors and graduate students attending Maryland institutions. Interns work for ten weeks during the summer and participate in bi-weekly seminars in non-profit management. The Shriver Center coordinates the program in conjunction with the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations and the Office of the Governor.

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Fellows Program introduces college students to working within Maryland’s integrated transportation system. Interns work in policy development, engineering, planning and financing, neighborhood conservation, and computer networking, among other areas. The Shriver Center leads the program in conjunction with Office of the Secretary of Transportation.

Several UMBC students are participants in this year’s programs. The complete list is below, along with the intern’s mentors. You can learn more about the Shriver Center Scholars Programs by clicking here.

Governor’s Summer Internship Program

Colby Conley
Major: Political Science
Mentor: Mary Gable/Danielle Susskind
Assistant State Superintendent/Education Policy Specialist
Division of Academic Policy and Innovation
Maryland State Department of Education

Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Program

Katharine Evans
Major: Psychology, Sociology
Mentor: Kim Sauer
Legal & Medical Coordinator
Baltimore Child Abuse Center

Katia Fortune
Major: Psychology
Mentor: Dionne Waldron
Program Manager
Operation HOPE

Ibitoye “Kathy” Tokunbo
Major: Economics
Mentor: Joe Brown
Site Coordinator
College Gardens

Rachel Thomas
Major: Political Science, Psychology
Mentor: Michelle Sardone
Legalization Program Director
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

MDOT Fellows Program

Jordan Weddington
Major: History, Asian Studies
Mentor: Michele Gardner
Title VI/ADA Coordinator
Maryland Transit Administration

Jeanie Lai
Major: Environmental Science
Mentor: Benjamin Chin
Director, Office of Design and Construction
Maryland Aviation Administration

Benjamin Loeb
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Kevin Pippin
Manager, Division of Utilities
Maryland Aviation Administration