Distributive policy

Are you looking to learn more about public policies? Apply for the MACo Legislative Internship (PAID POSITION!) – Conduit Street

MACo is seeking an intern to fill the position of Association Policy Officer for the 2023 Maryland General Assembly Session. This is a paid position, largely at distance, with some in-person participation in Annapolis, MD potentially required.

MACo is the nonpartisan, nonprofit voice of Maryland’s 24 counties that promotes effective and efficient government through advocacy, education, and collaboration. 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 Policy Fellowship may include research and writing in any of these areas. Depending on ability, the political fellowship may also include the delivery of oral testimony at the General Assembly.

The Policy Fellow will be considered a member of the MACo policy team and will work closely under their mentorship to support the team’s advocacy efforts. In turn, the Fellow will learn first-hand about a range of policy issues affecting local governments and the advocacy process before the Maryland General Assembly.

If applicable, this politics scholarship may be eligible for course credit. A letter of recommendation will be provided at the end of the scholarship.


  • The legislative process behind the scenes at Annapolis – find out what goes into making effective public policy
  • How to read invoices, tax notes and reports regarding pending legislation
  • Methods of analyzing pending legislation to assess its impact and results
  • How to Effectively Summarize Legislation for the Public
  • Good Negotiation and Relationship Building Practices
  • Public speaking and testifying skills
  • Ways to connect with potential employers and job opportunities in public policy, advocacy and government


  • Virtually attend weekly MACo policy team meetings to review and analyze pending legislation and strategize around goals and outcomes
  • Perform online research on introduced and proposed bills, including retrieving relevant information from online bill files in Senate and House committees
  • Write articles for the MACo blog, Duct Streetsummarizing positions on legislation and testimony and on other county matters of interest
  • Assist with reports and papers to be presented to the MACo Legislative Committee, which meets weekly throughout session
  • Assist in investigations by political staff, MACo leaders, or members of the General Assembly, as requested
  • Conduct additional in-depth research on topics as needed by the policy team
  • Track briefing dates and prepare weekly briefing schedule reports
  • Attend (virtually or in person) public bill hearings, budget hearings and meetings as needed; write summaries and analysis for distribution to policy staff and MACo members


The candidate should be self-motivated, possess a level of maturity and interest necessary to initiate and complete research requirements with minimal supervision, and possess strong writing, communication and computer skills, particularly around research platforms. online meeting.

Graduate students are preferred, although undergraduate students are also encouraged to apply. A specialization or courses in law, political science, public affairs, economics, history or public policy are preferred. Knowledge of state and local government issues and structure is a plus for this position.

Ability to work approximately 20 hours per week during normal business hours is required – this position is not suitable for a professional currently working full-time.

The MACo office and General Assembly buildings are located in downtown Annapolis. This is a hybrid position – the majority of responsibilities can be performed remotely, but some on-site involvement may be required, depending on House and Senate decisions regarding holding committee hearings virtually or on place and ground sessions.


The political scholarship runs from January to mid-April. The scholarship includes approximately 20 hours per week and additional hours may be considered. This is a largely remote position, with some on-site involvement potentially required. Weekday hours of operation are required. Potential evening hours can also be mutually agreed.


This is a contract position paid at $18/hour. Other related expenses will be covered.


Interested applicants should send application materials to Virginia White, Deputy Director, at [email protected] before 5:00 p.m. on November 2, 2022. Include in the subject line of your email “Policy Fellow – [your name].”

Required application materials:

  • Written declaration of interest
  • resume
  • Writing sample (between 2 and 10 pages)

Virtual interviews will take place in November.

For more information about MACo, please visit our website.