Maryland State Internship Program

About the Program

The Maryland Department of Budget and Management’s Internship Program is designed to be a resource to facilitate partnerships between State agencies and Maryland’s high schools, colleges and universities. Internships offer challenging work assignments, valuable career experience and possible educational credit for interns, while providing State agencies access to highly motivated prospective employees.​

Prospective Interns

Part One: How to Begin

Knowing the answers to the following questions will make it easier for you to find an opportunity that is a good fit:

  • What career fields and KSAs (knowledge, skills and abilities) do you want to explore and learn?
  • When are you available to participate (during a semester, summer or a certain amount of months)?
  • How many hours per week will you be able to commit?
  • Would you be looking for an internship that is paid (temporary employment, contractual or stipend) or unpaid (volunteer) for education or credit?

Once you have answered the questions above, there are several things you can do to prepare in advance before applying for an internship with the State of Maryland:
1. Create a resume and cover letter. Some high schools, colleges and universities provide resume assistance services.

2. If you are interested in an internship for educational credit, contact your educational advisor for information regarding your schools “for credit” internship requirements. They may have programs already in place.

3. Acquire at least two reference letters from people who can speak to your work and character.

4. Research internship opportunities by networking with friends, family, college professors and alumni. Networking is a great way to obtain information about upcoming internships or job opportunities with the State of Maryland. You’ll probably be surprised how many people you know who either work for, or do business with, the State. 

Part Two: How to Apply 

1. For internship opportunities with the State of Maryland, please visit our website at   

2. To use the “Type” search block to look for current openings, click on the right arrow to open the drop down box and select “Internship Opportunities”.

3. Positions will only appear if there are current internship opportunities available.  If there are no current internship openings you will receive a message that “No open Recruitments match your search criteria”.

4. If no internship opportunities are available, please check back weekly for new postings. You may also wish to consider contractual opportunities with the State as an alternative.  While contract positions do not receive benefits, they can provide valuable work experience and create networks of professionals that can assist you in your future career search.

Part Three: Follow Up On Application

Once you have applied for an internship, you may check the status of your application by:

General Information Regarding Internships

1. Interns whether paid or educational do not work when state offices are closed, and do not receive payment for holidays or the benefits associated with permanent state employment.

2. When interns are in the office, a supervisor or delegate should be present at all times.

3. Interns are expected to follow policies, procedures and rules governing professional staff behavior.

4. Positions may require interns to observe confidentiality or handle confidential information.

5. Interns are responsible for professionalism in their actions, appearance and activities.

6. Interns are expected to be consistent and punctual in the submission of all work assignments.

7. It is the responsibility of the intern to provide the faculty coordinator with periodic progress reports and any necessary documentation required.

8. Interns are required to record, review and sign weekly time logs and submit to agency supervisor and/or faculty advisor.

9. Interns should notify their supervisor in advance, if they are unable to attend work or need to adjust their schedule.

10. In “for credit” educational internships, an intern may be required to provide evidence of the internship program from the educational institution.  A faculty advisor from the school is generally involved and the state agency may be required to complete paperwork for the faculty advisor.

11. The internship in each state department would be considered complete when the major project assigned is completed, or when the intern’s supervisor in coordination with DBM internship coordinator signs off on the internship as being complete.

12. At the end of the internship, a formal exit interview and evaluation process may be requested to assist the State and the hiring manager to improve the experience for future participants.


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