College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Federal Semester Program and AGNR

               Become a Federal or Global Semester

                      in Washington, D.C. Fellow!


 Environmental Science and Policy (ENSP) majors and Sustainability Studies minors are welcome to participate in the Federal Semester Program  or Global Semester in Washington, D.C.

 These two yearlong programs combine a fall academic course with a spring internship.

 Students can select one of the following concentrations:

  • Federal Semester: Energy and Environment Policy
  • Global Semester: Science Diplomacy: Foreign Policy and Science, Technology, and Innovation

 The fall seminar courses are taught by expert practitioners and explore current policy and global issues impacting energy, environment, sustainability, climate change, and conservation.

 Students also participate in a spring internship (nonprofit/NGO, government, embassy) for college credit. Student internships have included the White House Counsel on Environmental Quality, U.S. Department of Energy, Climate Action Campaign, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Environment America, White House Office on Science and Technology Policy, American Council on Renewable Energy, Environmental Law Institute, American Forests, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, etc.

 Supplementary courses, field trips, and other out-of-class events help students deepen their understanding of the federal and global policymaking process with regards to environmental issues. Individual advising and professional development workshops help students navigate the internship search process and prepare for future careers.  Depending on their needs, students may obtain their internship credit through an internship course in their major or through an upper-division course that we offer.

 Applications open in the spring semester around Spring Break to enter the program the following academic year. As Federal or Global Fellows, students receive $500 in funding assistance for travel to internship sites. For more information or to apply please visit the UMD Federal Semester website.

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