DLS/MGA Legislative Fellowship Program

2021 Legislative Fellow Class

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The Legislative Fellows Program offers top students in Maryland graduate programs an immersive experience in the legislative process working alongside nonpartisan staff within the Department of Legislative Services (DLS), the professional staff agency for the Maryland General Assembly (MGA). Fellows will work during the General Assembly’s annual 90-day legislative session (January – April) and assist legal, fiscal and committee staff with their regular session duties.

The fellowship runs from mid-October to April 30. Fellows begin their tenure with an orientation period to prepare for their duties during the legislative session. Fellows must be available to work in Annapolis for a minimum of 20 hrs. per week.
Note: The program was virtual for 2020/2021.

  • The Fellows Program is specifically designed for graduate and law students at Maryland institutions offering master’s degrees in public policy.

  • Graduate students with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in legislative / public policy work should consider the legislative fellowship. Applicants must have strong writing and analytical skills and a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher. A graduate in good standing from the schools specified above may apply during the application period.

  • In addition, graduate students may apply if in a related course of study or pursuing a major relevant to public policy including but not limited to economics, environmental studies, education, public health and various other quantitative, policy or legal studies.

  • As a Fellow, you will work directly with policy analysts to help identify and analyze public policy issues and formulate legislative proposals. Your work may include written legal memoranda, fiscal analyses, periodic publications, and briefings to legislative committees. A $7,500 stipend is included.

  • Fellows will be assigned to work alongside staff within leadership offices, legislative standing committees, the Office of Policy Analysis, and the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability. While specific work duties vary depending on the specific job assignment, fellows may be involved in legal, fiscal and policy research and analysis as well producing publication content. For a detailed description of each function, see the “Office of Policy Analysis” section on this site.

  • Interested graduate students should apply by sending a resume, a writing sample, and cover letter, (include your expected graduation date and a description of your writing sample) to the email or address below. You may also apply through your school’s career services offices.

  • In your cover letter, please briefly discuss your interest and/or background in public policy work. The application deadline is September 24, 2021. Interviews and selection of candidates are scheduled to be completed by early-October.

  • Email Application Packets to:
    Michelle L. Davis
    Legislative Fellows Program Coordinator
    Maryland Dept. of Legislative Services
    Email: micd@mlis.state.md.us