QUEST (Quality, Understanding, Excellence, Success and Training)

QUEST Internship Program for Persons with Disabilities

In partnership with the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), the QUEST Internship Program affords State agencies the opportunity to provide mentoring services for persons with disabilities.  To be eligible for the program, applicants must be clients of the Division of Rehabilitation Services.  

QUEST internships are voluntary and unpaid. Participants may receive DORS support for any expenses incurred over and above their usual living expenses because of participation in Quest, such as funds for transportation. Internships are typically three-month assignments in a Maryland State agency.  Positions may be full-time or part-time, and may be extended beyond the three-month period.

QUEST interns receive valuable training and experience, while enhancing their knowledge, skills and abilities.  Many successful participants of the program continue on to obtain careers in the public or private sectors.

Please contact your designated Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) counselor for more information. 


Denise Carter-McCormick,
QUEST Coordinator
Department of Budget and Management
301 W. Preston St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

This page is sponsored by the Office of Personnel Services and Benefits, Recruitment and Examination Division.


QUEST Internship Program for Persons
with Disabilities

  • In the summer of 2014, the Department of Budget and Management's (DBM) Recruitment and Examination Division (RED), welcomed Shaun O’Brien from QUEST – an internship program that provides the opportunity for people with disabilities to be matched with State agencies for internships and mentoring services.
  • Claudia Smith at Copy MachineShaun applied for QUEST through his field counselor at the Division of Rehabilitation Services under the Maryland State Department of Education. While working for RED he represented the State at various outreach events, including information tables and job fairs. Shaun also learned to conduct research for hard to fill recruitments, participated in staff meetings, assisted with fundraising activities for the Maryland Charity Campaign, assisted in the development and preparation of outreach materials, and shadowed DBM RED HR Analysts. While shadowing the analysts, Shaun learned about test administration, auditing, website maintenance and the State’s recruitment practices including, annotating applications and developing job postings. The Recruitment and Examination Division is the first QUEST internship experience for Shaun. 
  • When asked what Shaun liked most about his QUEST internship experience, he stated, “Learning how State agencies operate, representing the Department of Budget and Management at job fairs, working with the staff in the Recruitment and Examination Division and helping others.”