The Shriver Center Launches the 2015 Public Service Scholars Programs

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The 2015 Shriver Center Public Service Scholars Programs have all been kicked off within the last several weeks. This year’s programs, The Governor’s Summer Internship Program (GSIP), the Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Program and MDOT Fellows Program have participants from institutions across the state of Maryland. With all of the programs, students are mentored by senior-level officials in government agencies and nonprofits across the state.

DSC_2614The 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 the governor at the end of the summer. The program is led by the Shriver Center in partnership with the Office of the Governor.

The Walter Sondheim Jr. 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 Office of the Governor.

DSC_2605The 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. To learn more about the Shriver Center Public Service Scholars Programs, click here.

Governor’s Summer Internship Program

Amy Hoffman
Major: Health Administration/Public Policy, Biology
Mentor: Mona Gahunia
Chief Medical Officer
Secretary
Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Evan Leiter-Mason
Major: Political Science, Economics
Mentor: Shawn Settles
Director of Administration
Office of Health Care Quality
Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Jeremy Matthews
Major: Financial Economics, Spanish
Mentor: Seth Shuldiner
Investment Analyst
Maryland Venture Fund
Department of Business and Economic Development

Ellis Zapas
Major: Political Science, Ancient Studies
Mentor: Jon Enriquez
Director of Research and Policy Analysis
Office of Research and Policy Analysis
Maryland Higher Education Commission

Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Program

Emma Chaplin
Major: Social Work
Mentor: Beverly Clarke
Director of Project
The Barker Adoption Foundation

Jennifer Helt 
Major: Asian Studies
Mentor: Aaron Heinsman
Director of Development
Maryland Humanities Council

Nolan O’Toole 
Major: Economics
Mentor: Emily Ranson
Advocacy Coordinator
Bike Maryland

Rosa Rada
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies, Food Policy
Mentor: Laura Flamm
Baltimarket and Food Access Coordinator
Baltimarket, Baltimore City Health Department

Cheyenne Smith 
Major: Biological Sciences
Mentor: Jennifer Pelton
Director of Development
Public Justice Center

MDOT Fellows Program

Rebecca Coates 
Major: Applied Statistics
Mentor: Philip Sullivan
Chief Performance Officer
Maryland Transit Administration

Theophilus Aluko 
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Phillip Sullivan
Chief Performance Officer
Maryland Aviation Administration

Waleed Waris 
Major: Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Michael J. Walk
Director of Service Development
Maryland Transit Administration