In the School of Public Policy, we offer programs that engage students not only in the classroom, but in the surrounding community, State and the world. Experiential learning enhances students’ ability to serve and lead and gain practical and valuable skills for the workplace.

The Public Leadership Program in College Park Scholars explores the theory and practice of leadership, empowering students to become social change agents through hands-on public service projects and examination of pressing social, political, and economic issues.

The iGIVE program, part of the Carillon Community, provides first-year students an opportunity to live together while taking one class their first and second semesters at the University. Students learn about the effective approaches, entrepreneurial skills, and leadership required to achieve social impact.

The prestigious Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program honors the legacy of Howard Peters “Pete” Rawlings and the work he did as a Maryland delegate. Participants in the Fellows program are provided multiple opportunities-- both academic and experiential-- to grow as ethical leaders and become champions for those whose voices may otherwise go unheard in the leadership and decision-making process.

Interested in hands-on experience in the field of public policy? The University of Maryland Federal Fellows and Global Fellows in Washington, DC offer competitive professional fellowship programs that complement the Public Policy major perfectly! Distinguish yourself from your peers by attending fall evening seminars taught by active industry practitioners (including FSOs) and completing an impactful spring internship in the federal government, foreign embassies, non-profits, etc. Perks include site visits, one-on-one mentoring, professional development, and more. For info and application: and