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Federal Fellows 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 program concentrations, please visit our sister branches of the UMD Fellows Program, Global Fellows and Maryland Fellows.

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 UMD Fellows Program.

Professional Opportunities

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

News and Updates

Alum Good News

Image of Rebecca GordonFederal Fellows alum (Public Health Policy 2020) Rebecca Gordon has been awarded the Undergraduate Researcher of The Year 2021 Award. As a Global Public Health Individual Studies major, Rebecca has been fortunate to perform various global research projects, including a qualitative study of sub-Saharan African children's experiences with COVID-19 and her Capstone Project on COVID-19 vaccine acceptability in Kenya. She has also performed research as a Health Policy Intern at Families USA, a health care advocacy organization, and co-authored a paper on the impact of coverage gaps on COVID-19 cases and fatalities. Following graduation, Rebecca will continue her work at Families USA as a Policy Project Coordinator. She aims to bring her academic research skills to the field of public health policy and advocacy.

Federal & Global Fellows Newsletters

Image of Fellows Program Newsletter Read our 2020 & 2021 Newsletter for Federal & Global Fellows. Learn about the growth of our program; hear from alums, current students, and faculty; and keep in touch with your peers; and learn ways to give back and stay involved. For additional program/alum updates, refer to our 2019 newsletter, 2018 newsletter, 2017 newsletter, and 2016 newsletter!