Paid MACo Internship Announced for 2017 General Assembly Session

MACo’s intern from last Session, Kevin Kinnally, is currently working full time with the Association.

The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student to serve as an intern to assist the Policy Staff (Executive Director, Legal and Policy Counsel, Research Director, Associate Directors, and Policy Associate) during the 2017 Maryland General Assembly Session.

UPDATE: Our internship application period has closed for the 2017 Session. 

MACo is a nonpartisan organization that represents the interests of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. The association is involved in a variety of policy areas affecting county government, including but not limited to: budgets, taxation, business affairs, finance, procurement, labor relations, public works, elections, education, environment, public health, planning and zoning, public safety, corrections, public information, and ethics. The internship may include research, writing, and advocacy in any of these areas. If applicable, this internship may be eligible for course credit.


Applicant must be self-motivated, possess a level of maturity and interest necessary to initiate and complete research requirements with little supervision, and possess good writing, communication, and computer skills. Specialization in law, political science, public affairs, economics, history or public policy is preferred.

Knowledge of state and local government issues and structure is a plus for this position.  The MACo office and the General Assembly buildings are located in downtown Annapolis and walking from MACo’s office to General Assembly and government buildings will be required.


The internship runs from early January to mid-April, 2017.  The internship includes approximately 20 hours a week, and additional hours may be considered. Weekday daytime hours are required and additional evening hours and work from home may be allowed. Attendance at MACo’s Winter Conference, December 7-9, 2016 is welcomed but not required. If able to attend, the intern will be paid for time spent at the Conference.


  • Conduct research online and at the State’s legislative library on introduced and proposed legislation, including retrieval of relevant information from bill files in Senate and Housintern-wanted-for-2017-maryland-general-assembly-sessione committees.
  • Assist MACo staff with preparation and delivery of testimony and materials.
  • Write articles for MACo’s blog, Conduit Street, summarizing positions on legislation and testimony and on other topics of county interest.
  • Assist with surveys requested by policy team, MACo leaders or General Assembly members, as requested.
  • Conduct additional in-depth research on topics as required by the policy team.
  • Attend public bill hearings and budget hearings as needed; writing summaries and analyses for distribution to policy staff and MACo members.


Interested candidates should contact Leslie Velasco, Administration and Finance Director, at   Please provide a written statement of interest along with a resume or comparable summary of qualifications.  Please include in the subject line of your email “Intern – your name”.

If you have questions regarding the internship, please contact Robin Clark, Research Director, at or 410.269.0043. Letters of recommendation from faculty are encouraged to support the application.

More detailed information on responsibilities and how to apply can be found in the position description below.

2017 General Assembly MACo Internship Information


UPDATE: Our internship application period has closed for the 2017 Session.