Name: Zane Poffenberger
Internship, Co-op or Research Site: Maryland General Assembly
Position Title: Legislative Intern
Major(s)/Minor(s): Political Science and History
Work Term: Spring 2019
Tell us about your internship, co-op, or research opportunity, including your day-to-day responsibilities.
I interned with Delegate Dana Stein who represents District 11 in Baltimore County and who serves as the Vice Chair of the Environment and Transportation Committee. Most of my time was spent responding to constituent emails and calls, assisting in filing and evaluating scholarship applications for the Delegate's Scholarship awards, researching for/editing testimony for the Delegate's bills, meeting with advocacy groups to hear their concerns if the Delegate was unavailable, and providing any other assistance to the Delegate or my supervisor.
Describe the process of obtaining your position. When did you hear of the position and submit your application?
I found the position through the Career Center who subsequently connected me with Dr. Hussey who is the advisor for internships in the public policy area. I heard about the position in early October and submitted my application at the end of October. I then had an interview with Delegate Stein's Legislative Director in mid- November and was offered the position.
Which resources did you use to find your current experience?
UMBCworks, Faculty Connections
What have you enjoyed the most about your position or organization?
The most enjoyable part of my position was being able to see government and public policy operating in real time. The Maryland General Assembly introduces over 3,000 bills per year, so it was really interesting to see what bills and topics were given priority in being debated and signed into law. It was also interesting to see all the moving parts within state government such as the legislature, the Governor's office, outside interest groups, and constituents. I really enjoyed being able to engage in the process of policy through helping Delegate Stein with his legislative goals.
How do you believe you have made an impact through your work?
I think I made an impact by making sure that citizens in District 11 received a response on the topic they emailed or called about. I also think meeting with interest groups that were made up of District 11 citizens was impactful as it was great to talk about issues and the passion they had for the subject at hand.
What advice would you give to another student who is seeking an internship or similar experience?
Go for it. Apply for a position or to an organization that shares your interests and passions. Do not be afraid to ask for help from resources such as the Career Center as they are great in helping you get the assistance you need. The Career Center is a great resource that provides resume building help, mock interviews, and internship search guidance. Their services are helpful, supportive, and most importantly free of charge!
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