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  • WALTER SONDHEIM JR. PUBLIC SERVICESUMMER INTERNSHIP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMRequired Report by Education Article 18-1705 (MSAR # 6133)

    January 1,2013 Report

    The Walter Sondheim Jr. Public Service Summer Internship Scholarship Program was established by House Bill269. The Shriver Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) was asked to establish andadminister this program to ensure that students across Maryland would have an opportunity to intern in variousnonprofit, state, and/or local government entities each summer while earning a $3,000 scholarship.

    The Shriver Center succeeded in meeting this goal through the administration and implementation of threesuccessful internship programs on behalf of the State of Maryland under the Walter Sondheim Jr. Public ServiceSummer Internship Scholarship Program umbrella, which includes the:

    Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Internship Program, Governor's Summer Internship Program, and the Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Public Service Law Fellowship (new)

    DURING THE SUMMER OF2012, THE SHRIVER CENTER PLACED:

    Twenty (20) students in nonprofit agencies across the state of Maryland through theWalter Sondheim Jr. Nonprofit Leadership Internship Program,

    Twenty (20) students in Maryland State agencies through the Governor's SummerInternship Program, and

    Five (5) students with the Office of the State's Att0111ey for Baltimore City and Office ofthe Maryland Att0111ey General's Office through the Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland PublicService Law Fellowship.

    OVERVIEW OF THE 2012 WALTER SONDHEIM JR. NONPROFITLEADERSHIP INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

    The Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Internship Program offers paid summer internshipopportunities in the nonprofit sector to college juniors, seniors, and graduate students attending Marylandinstitutions. Participating interns work for ten weeks full-time from early June to August while participating inbi-weekly seminars in nonprofit management. Each participating student receives a $3,000 stipend.

    College and university undergraduate and graduate students from various majors are provided with an opportunityto build valuable skills, gain experience in managing and leading public service organizations, and explore careerchoices within this sector. In doing so, the Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership InternshipProgram makes an important contribution to the development of the state's current and future workforce andcitizenry.

    The Shriver Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County coordinates this program in conjunction withMaryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations and the Office of the Governor.

  • PROGRAM STRUCTURE

    The Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Internship Program has three defining components:substantive projects, bi-weekly seminars, and the development of group projects.

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    "'.2., J _.~_~~l.jSubstantive Projects Bi-weekly Seminars Group Projects

    During ten weeks, interns work full-time on substantive projects, with senior level executive directors on areasthat closely correspond with each intern's field of study or career interests. Duties often include attending boardmeetings, developing marketing materials, writing grants, and coordinating summer programs.

    Interns also attend bi-weekly seminars designed to introduce them to the specific rewards and challenges ofnonprofit management. These seminars are designed to broaden their knowledge of the nonprofit sector and theirunderstanding of the various dimensions of successful nonprofit management. Seminar topics for Summer 2012are included in this report,

    The development of group projects serves as the final component of the Walter Sondheim Jr. MarylandNonprofit Leadership Internship Program. The projects provide interns with a heightened awareness of theprimary purpose of nonprofits: to serve people. The group projects include the development of mock nonprofitbusiness plans and proposals. These nonprofit business proposals, researched in teams, are presented to theirmentors and invited guests during the final intern celebration. The opportunity to present these papers at thesummer's end is unique and exciting and represents the culmination of many weeks of hard work.

    2012 GROUP NONPROFIT BUSINESS PLANS INCLUDE:Group I:

    MARYLAND COALITION TO E D HUMAN TRAFFICKING

    GROUP II:BALTIMORE YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS

    GROUP III:MARYLAND ALLIANCE FOR PARTNERSHIPS (MAPs)

    GROUP !V:GREEN WAYS

    GROUP V:360- MOBILE UNIT

    RECRUITMENT AND SELECTIONInformation is disseminated to colleges in late December asking them to nominate students for the WalterSondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Internship Program. Applicants must be undergraduates attending atwo- or four- year university or college in Maryland. The applicants must be graduate students or entering theirjunior or senior year and have a GPA of3.0 or higher. All majors are encouraged to apply.

    In order to attract high quality students, program participants receive a $3,000 stipend. The stipend provides anadded incentive to the interns, as it offsets the lack of income from regular summer employment.

    A selection committee comprised of representatives from the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations

  • and Delegate Rosenberg review the applications in April. Applicant credentials include a resume, transcript, anda formal application. Students are selected on the basis of these materials and are notified of a decision in earlyMay.

    OUTCOMES: STATISTICS HIGHLIGHT PROGRAM'S SUCCESSStudent and host agency evaluations confirm that the 2012 WaIter Sondheim Jr. Nonprofit Leadership InternshipProgram was a great success and met desired outcomes.

    SUMMARY OF 2012 INTERN & MENTOR EVALUATIONS

    INTERN FEEDBACK 100% of interns stated that they would recommend the WaIter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit

    Leadership Internship Program to other students.

    KEY: 5- Strongly Agree 4- Agree 3- Neutral 2- Disagree l-Strongly Disagree

    Please rate your internship on the following factors:(Average scores across program participants are presented below)

    This experience gave me better insight into the Nonprofit sector 4.9

    The work I performed fulfilled my expectations 4.2

    There were ample opportunities for learning 4.4

    I had a good working relationship with my co-workers & supervisors 4.8

    The work I performed was challenging and stimulating 4.0

    I utilized my academic knowledge and skills 4.0

    I feel better prepared to enter my career field after this experience 4.3

    MENTOR FEEDBACKKEY: 5- Outstanding 4- Good 3- Satisfactory 2- Poor 1-Inadequate

    Please rate your intern on the following factors:(Average scores across program participants are presented below)

    Functions at a high level of productivity 4.9

    Shows an ability to learn and problem solve 4.8

    Possesses a desire and willingness to take on new assignments 4.8

    Displays a spirit of cooperation and teamwork 4.8

    Utilizes academic knowledge and skills 4.8

    Overall assessment of the student intern 4.8

  • SAMPLE QUOTESThis program grounded me as a person while expanding my horizons of future career options that can make adifference in the world. Alex Walls, Intern

    This prestigious program brings together some of the greatest young minds in Maryland and ask them to prepareto change the world. What could be better than that? Elizabeth Rosenberg, Intern

    The MD Nonprofit Leadership Program equipped me with key skills, a sound knowledge base, and anunforgettable experience in the nonprofit field that will not only helped me in my future career endeavors, buthave given me memories that will last a lifetime. Amee Raval, Intern

    The MD Nonprofit Leadership Program has given me the skills and knowledge I will need in my future career aswell as the passion and commitment I will need as a life-long volunteer.

    Taylor Bunnell-Young, Intern

    The seminars were top notch. I learned so much in such a short amount of time.Nicole Martyn, Intern

    I had always been curious about how the nonprofit sector worked and this program not only gave me a chance tolearn about it through the nonprofit seminars but allowed me to live the life of a nonprofit worker.

    Collin Wojciechowski, Intern

    Having a Sondheim intern was a very positive experience. Our intern was an integral part of our small team anda huge contributor to our two main priorities this summer- writing an extensive federal grant and starting a newproject. In addition to her strong work ethic, her positive attitude, and insight, suggestions and questions, herexperience working in the Ukraine during her time with the Peace Corps was invaluable. We hope that sheenjoyed working with us as much as we enjoyed working with her.

    Wendy Jeffries, Mentor

    Our intern surpassed all of our expectations and has given us an absolutely exceptional perspective of theprogram. She consistently took on additional projects and created an infrastructure which will last beyond hershort internship with us. Her bi-weekly trainings enhanced her work with our organization and prepared her forthe electric workload indicative of the nonprofit field. From an administrative perspective, we have found thecommunication between our site and program organizers to be clear and effective. All around, I wouldrecommend this program to any nonprofit. Caroline Vassighi, Mentor

    WALTER SONDHEIM JR. MD NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM2012 PROGRAM PARTICIPANT LIST

    INTERNS MENTORS

    CAILIN BARKERGoucher CollegeMajor: Peace Studies

    CORRINE HANDYProgram ManagerSt. Francis Neighborhood Center

    JOSEPH BROWNUniversity of Maryland