Global Fellows in Washington, D.C. is an innovative internship program designed to equip University of Maryland undergraduate students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experience necessary to become leaders in our increasingly globalized society.
The program provides an integrated combination of classroom and professional experience designed to provide a deep understanding of global leadership and policy and the ways in which they are developed, influenced and carried out.
The center of the program is a fall academic seminar on global leadership and policy related to a specific theme, for example, global development, supported by additional coursework and a spring semester internship experience.
Directed by Dr. Joan Burton and modeled after the enormously successful Federal Fellows, Global Fellows in Washington, D.C. aims to increase student involvement in and access to opportunities within the global arena.
The program is, in a sense, a study abroad experience right here in Washington, D.C.
The University of Maryland is ideally suited for such a program, given our proximity to the nation’s capital and our faculty and administrators’ connections to global change-makers.
The program launched fall 2013, and currently offers four Global Fellows tracks: Responses to Global Challenges, Science Diplomacy, Critical Regions and International Relations and U.S. Diplomacy.
The program will host a number of additional activities and workshops throughout the academic year. Round table discussions and guest speakers will give students the opportunity to learn from each other and to discuss important international issues. These meetings will also provide opportunities for alumni to share insights and suggestions with students preparing for their internships.
A final academic showcase event at the end of the year will bring students together for presentations of their work and to share their experiences. This event will feature a display of student posters and fliers describing and reflecting on their internship and program experiences. In addition to current and prospective students in the program, instructors, internship supervisors, University of Maryland administrators, and program alumni will be invited to attend.