The Federal Fellows Program combines a fall seminar course taught by industry experts with a spring internship in the DC metropolitan area. Throughout the year, fellows are supported with professional development workshops, one-on-one resume and interview reviews, and federally-related events. The program's mission is to prepare talented and diverse undergraduate students to excel in professional internships and to pursue careers of influence and impact, especially in the public sector.

The Federal Fellows Experience

During the fall semester, students learn about the policy-making process and discuss subject-based issues in a seminar course led by an industry expert. In the spring semester, students complete an internship in a federal agency, Congressional office, or related organization — including NGOs, nonprofits, think tanks, or private industry. During the internship, they apply lessons from the seminar course and supplementary courses to real-life situations. For additional international program concentrations, please visit our sister program, Global Fellows in Washington, DC


Fall Seminars

Learn about leadership and domestic policy in a fall seminar course taught
by expert practitioners and
leaders in their field.


Spring Internships

Intern for credit in the spring at a federal agency, congressional office, NGO, nonprofit, think tank, or
private industry firm.


Supplementary Courses

Increase your learning experience through University of Maryland supplementary courses chosen
for the Federal Fellows Program.


Professional Opportunities

Attend out-of-class events that
explore policy, public service, concentration-related topics, and
professional development.

News and Updates

Good News

Image of Erin HyltonErin Hylton (Federal Fellow ’11, Energy & Environment) earned a Master of Science degree in Hydrology & Sustainable Development from Imperial College London and a second Master of Science degree in Water Science, Policy & Management from Oxford University. She currently works for Concurrent Technologies Corporation as a Defense Contractor, where she is designing a centrally-managed water resource program for the Air Force.

Image of JoanDr. Joan Burton, director of Federal Fellows, Global Fellows in Washington, DC, and the Individual Studies Program, received a President's Distinguished Service Award at the Faculty and Staff Convocation on September 12, 2018. The President's Distinguished Service Awards recognize exceptional performance, leadership, and service by a member of the university staff.

Federal & Global Fellows Newsletters

Image of 2017 Fellows Program NewsletterRead the 2017 newsletter for Federal & Global Fellows alumni. Learn about the growth of our programs over the past 9 years; hear from alumni, current students, and faculty; keep in touch with your peers; and learn ways to give back and stay involved.




Image of 2016 Fellows Program Newsletter For more program and alumni updates see our 2016 newsletter too!