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What is the Federal Fellows?

The program combines a fall seminar course taught by industry experts with professional development workshops, one-on-one resume and interview reviews, and federally-related events throughout the year. The program's mission: to prepare talented, diverse undergraduate students to excel in professional internships and pursue careers of influence and impact, especially in the public sector.

About the Director

Image of Joan Burton, Director of Federal/Global SemesterJoan B. Burton, Ph.D.
Director, Federal Fellows and Global Fellows in Washington, D.C.
(301) 314-1920 | jburton1@umd.edu
Joan Burton is Director of the Federal Fellows Program and Founding Director of Global Fellows in Washington, D.C. at the University of Maryland. Achievements at UMD include transforming a small federal internship program serving 12 students per year into a high-powered set of learning communities serving over 150 students per year. Focusing on some of the biggest policy issues of the day, these year-long programs integrate academic and experiential learning to prepare a talented, diverse corps of students for careers related to public service and global leadership. Dr. Burton has given invited presentations at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Partnership for Public Service, and currently serves on a Pathways Implementation Team for the Office of Personnel Management. She also gave the keynote address at the Embassy of Bangladesh in D.C. for their 2015 celebration of International Mother Language Day. Related service at UMD includes sponsoring and hosting a White House Roundtable on the State of Education (2011) and cosponsoring, with the School of Public Policy, a White House Roundtable on the Economy (2012). She is also Director of the Individual Studies Program and serves on the Administrative Council for the Office of Undergraduate Studies. In 2012 and 2016, she was named a Philip Merrill Presidential Faculty Mentor, and in 2012 she was inducted into ODK. Prior to moving to Maryland, Dr. Burton was Chair and Professor of Classical Studies at Trinity University, San Antonio, where she also served as Co-founder and Director of Comparative Literature. She has also held teaching appointments at Howard University and at the University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Burton has a passion for interdisciplinary studies and empowering students. She is also a strong advocate for public service and global citizenship education.


Jay Arasan, Assistant Director
(301) 314-1130 | jarasan@umd.edu
Image of Jay Arasan, Assistant DirectorJay Arasan was a Training Manager at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Diplomatic Sales Consultant for the ONE UN New York before joining the Federal and Global Fellows Program in November of 2014. He has a Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) and a Master in Science (Information Technology), both from University Utara Malaysia (UUM). He has extensive experience working with the U.S. Pacific Command, Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), Department of State, and other Department of Defense agencies. He is passionate on International Affairs, Security Assistance and Security Cooperation related issues.

Naz Beyranvand, Coordinator
301-314-0261 | nbeyran@umd.edu
Image of Naz Beyranvand, Program CoordinatorNaz Beyranvand is the outreach and finance coordinator for the Federal and Global Fellows in D.C. Programs. She launched the new Alumni Mentorship Program in spring 2016 in collaboration with the Alumni Board President. This mentor program paired professional, talented alumni with students in both our programs. In addition, she created the successful Ambassador Program. Before joining the Federal and Global Fellows Programs in September 2015, Naz was the project manager for the Roshan Initiative in Persian Digital Humanities (PersDig@UMD), administrative coordinator for the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland and executive assistant to the Director of Roshan for three years. She earned her Masters of Professional Studies in Persian at the University of Maryland in 2012, the same institution in which she had earned her Bachelors of Arts degree as a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Persian Studies. She is fluent in English, Persian and Spanish.

Mirish Shah, Graduate Assistant
301-314-0689| mirishshah23@gmail.com
Image of Mirish Shah, Graduate AssistantMirish Shah is a graduate assistant for the Federal and Global Fellows Programs. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Maryland in 2016 with a degree in Government and Politics. Mirish is currently a graduate student, pursuing a Master's in Public Policy with a dual specialization in International Security and Economic Policy and International Development Policy. He has interned at the Department of Children and Families of New Jersey and the League of Women Voters of New Jersey. After graduate school, Mirish plans to go to law school with hopes of pursing a career in the international development realm. Mirish is a die hard Brooklyn Nets fan and loves watching and playing sports.

Nai Le, Graduate Assistant
301-314-0689| naile@umd.edu
Image of Nai Le, Graduate AssistantNai Le is a graduate assistant for the Federal and Global Fellows Programs, and the Individual Studies Program. She is an alumna of the Federal Fellows Program in the Homeland Security concentration; she was a member of the 2015 cohort and then rejoined the program as a Teaching Assistant for the 2016 cohort. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2016 with a B.A. in Government and Politics and was given early admission to the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy through the five-year Bachelor of Arts/Master of Public Policy Program. Nai is now pursuing a Public Policy degree, specializing in International Security and Economics. Since joining the Federal Fellows Program, she has interned with the Department of Homeland Security at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the Office of the Chief Counsel, at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) on the Unconventional Weapons Trafficking project, and with the Congressional Research Service in the Asia Section of the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division. Nai is interested in crime, narcotics, and unconventional weaponry, and hopes to pursue a career in the public sector.

Federal Fellows Office

Prospective/current students and alumni are welcome to drop by the office or make appointments for individual consultations, inquiries, concerns, or general information about our program.

Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 10am-3pm
Hours before 10am or after 3pm are available by appointment only.

Contact Us

Federal Fellows and Global Fellows in Washington, D.C.
University of Maryland, College Park
2407 Marie Mount Hall
College Park, Maryland 20742

Phone: (301) 314-0261
Fax: (301) 314-0941
Email: federalfellows@umd.edu

Maps and Directions

Marie Mount Hall is located at the southeast end of McKeldin Mall, east of Woods Hall and Skinner Building, north of Memorial Chapel, and west of Lee Building across Regents Drive. Click on the map below to see a custom, dynamic map that outlines Marie Mount Hall, key identifying points on the Maryland campus, College Park Metro Station, parking garages, and closest temporary parking locations.

The main entrance to the campus is located on Baltimore Avenue (U.S. Route 1). The easiest method to reach our office if traveling from the north of campus is to take Baltimore Avenue to Campus Drive (take a right, heading west); then head south onto to Regents Drive after going 3 quarters around the "M" roundabout. If traveling from south of campus, drive north on Baltimore Avenue and take a left (heading west) onto Regents Drive. Limited metered parking is available in front of Memorial Chapel on Regents Drive or behind Memorial Chapel on Chapel Drive (30 minute only). Additional details parking details and options (Regents Park Garage, Mowatt Lane Parking Garage, Union Lane Parking Garage) can be found by clicking on map below.

Public Transportation
Campus is easily accessible via WMATA's Metrorail, MARC Train, and UMD's Campus Shuttle. Take WMATA Metrorail Green line to the College Park/U of MD Metro Station. Or take the MARC Train Camden Line to the College Park MARC Station. At the adjacent bus station, take UMD's red-colored Campus Shuttle #104 College Park Metro bus. Take the bus to its final destination, Regents Drive Garage (approximately 10 minute ride). To reach Marie Mount Hall, walk south down Regents Drive.


The following links redirect to additional interactive campus maps or PDF files designating visitor parking information.
Interactive Map 1 | Interactive Map 2 | Campus & Parking PDF Map ryland’s Federal Semester Fellows attracts applications from high-achieving undergraduate students from all the colleges (the minimum GPA is 3.0).

  • Our students major in a multitude of disciplines. In our program, they enroll in theme-based concentrations such as homeland security; energy and environment; foreign policy; science and technology; global challenges; and public health.
  • The program combines a fall seminar course taught by industry experts with professional development workshops, one-on-one resume and interview reviews, and federally-related events throughout the year to enable students to excel in their spring internships and pursue careers and activities related to public service.
  • Students may complete a spring internship at a federal agency, congressional office, or related organization, including NGOs, non-profits, think tanks, and private industry.