Loyola University Maryland students Rebecca Carney, '14, Brendan Fulmer, '14, Kaitlyn Hammel, '14, and Danielle Porfido, '14, are among 20 university students from institutions across the country who have been accepted into the Governor's Summer Internship Program.
The 10-week internship program, administered by the Shriver Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, gives students the opportunity to work on substantive projects with senior-level public administrators and policy makers in Maryland state government. The program matches interns with departments or policy areas that closely correspond with each intern’s field of study or career interests.
"Our strong presence in such a prestigious program speaks to the quality of the many exceptional Loyola students who are inspired by the University’s Jesuit tradition to develop an unprecedented commitment to leadership," said CreSaundra Sills, Ph.D., director of The Career Center at Loyola.
While a record five Loyola students were offered admission into the 2013 program, four accepted the offer. Each of the four student interns will be working in a different department with a different mentor:
Hometown: Phillipsburg, N.J.
Major: Global Studies
Department: Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
Mentor: Angela Fraser, team manager, office of community outreach
Hometown: Broomall, Pa.
Major: Political Science
Department: Maryland Governor's Office of Homeland Security
Mentor: Brendan Armbruster/Benton Best, governor's homeland security advisor/policy analyst
Hometown: Cranberry Township, Pa.
Majors: Elementary Education
Department: Maryland State Department of Education
Mentor: Danielle Susskind, specialist, academic policy, division of academic policy
Hometown: Ridgewood, N.J.
Major: Political Science
Department: Maryland Department of Disabilities
Mentor: George Failla, JR./Rachael Faulkner, deputy secretary/director of interagency affairs
Their duties include attending meetings, drafting correspondence, tracking legislation, and researching policy options. They will also work in teams to develop policy papers that address significant issues facing Maryland today, and the papers will be presented to the governor and/or other senior staff members at the end of the program. For their work, each of the students will earn a $3,000 stipend.
The Career Center helped guide Loyola students through the internship application process. Kevin Hula, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, and Antonia Keane, associate professor of sociology, critiqued students' application essays.
Four Loyola students were accepted into the program in 2012. Since 2006, more than 25 Loyola students have been accepted into the program.
(Loyola marketing and communications intern Ariel Genovese, '14, contributed to this story.)