2021 Legislative Fellows - University of Baltimore

Three students from the College of Public Affairs have been selected for the 2021 Maryland Legislative Fellows Program. Designed specifically for graduate students at Maryland institutions that offer master’s degrees in public policy or a related field, the Fellows Program gives students an immersive experience in the legislative process, working alongside nonpartisan staff in the Department of Legislative Services (DLS) during the Maryland General Assembly’s annual 90-day legislative session (Jan. – April).

Najee Bailey“I am honored to participate in this fellowship program to receive more on-the-ground experience in making positive change for the residents of Maryland,” said Najee Bailey, a student in the M.A. in Global Affairs and Human Security program. Najee earned his bachelor’s degree in international relations from Salisbury University, and previously served as a legislative staffer in the Howard County Government.

Yvonne HarperYvonne Harper, B.A. ’20, an M.P.A. student, will serve for the House Economic Matters Committee for the 2021 session. Yvonne is co-director of government relations for the University System of Maryland Student Council, former president of The University of Baltimore’s Student Government Association, and a graduate of UBalt’s Jurisprudence program.

Kelly NortonKelly Norton, an M.P.A. student, will be supporting the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability, a new division in DLS tasked with evaluating the effectiveness of state programs. “I am quite excited for this opportunity to put the principles I have learned in class into practice,” said Kelly. Kelly is also a graduate fellow with The University of Baltimore’s Schaefer Center for Public Policy.

The Graduate Legislative Fellows Program offers top students in Maryland graduate programs an immersive experience in the legislative process working alongside nonpartisan staff within the Department of Legislative Services (DLS), the professional staff agency for the Maryland General Assembly (MGA).  Fellows will work during the General Assembly’s annual 90-day legislative session (Jan – April) and assist legal, fiscal and committee staff with their regular session duties. As a Fellow, you will work directly with policy analysts to help identify and analyze public policy issues and formulate legislative proposals. Legislative Services Fellows’ work may include written legal memoranda, fiscal analyses, periodic publications, and briefings to legislative committees. A $2,500 stipend is included.


The Legislative Fellows Program is specifically designed for graduate students at Maryland institutions offering master’s degrees in public policy. In addition, graduate students may apply if in a related course of study or pursuing a major relevant to public policy including but not limited to economics, environmental studies, education, public health and various other quantitative, policy or legal studies.  The program is managed by the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) and DLS, and accepts graduate level students from Bowie State University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Maryland-College Park, and University of Baltimore.

The fellowship runs from November 1 to the end of the legislative session in Mid-April. Fellows begin their tenure with an orientation period to prepare for their duties during the legislative session. Fellows must be available to work remotely for a minimum of 20 hrs. per week.

Work Assignments and Duties

Fellows will be assigned to work alongside staff within leadership offices, legislative standing committees, and the Office of Policy Analysis. While specific work duties vary depending on the specific job assignment, fellows may be involved in legal, fiscal and policy research and analysis as well producing publication content. All work functions require strong writing and analytical skills. For a detailed description of each function, see the “Office of Policy Analysis” section on the department organization page of the DLS website.


Graduate students with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in legislative / public policy work should consider the legislative fellowship. A graduate in good standing from the schools specified above may apply during the application period. A G.P.A. of 3.0 is required.

Application Materials

Please do not submit an application until the Fall application deadline is announced.

Interested University of Baltimore master’s level graduate students should apply by sending the following documents to Dr. Ann Cotten at SchaeferCenterDirector@ubalt.edu:

  1. Cover letter that discusses your interest and/or background in public policy work, a description of your writing sample, and your expected graduation date and a description of your writing sample) to the email or address below. In your cover letter, please briefly discuss your interest and/or background in public policy work.
  2. Resume that highlights your education and relevant work experience.
  3. Writing Sample that demonstrates your ability to think analytically and your writing ability. This can be a professional writing sample from your job or a writing assignment completed for a class.

Application Format:

Email Subject Line: DLS Fellowship Application

File naming – Files should be named with LastName.FirstName.DocumentName.

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Application Deadline

The deadline for the 2022 session will be announced in Fall 2021.

Please do not submit an application until the Fall application deadline is announced.

Application Review Process

Applications will be reviewed at the Schaefer Center. Top candidates will be forwarded to the Department of Legislative Services (DLS) for review.

The DLS staff will contact applicants directly if they are selected for an interview. Interviews and selection of candidates are scheduled to be completed by mid-October. Program orientation will begin early November.

Contact Us

If you have questions, please contact 
Dr. Ann Cotten
Schaefer Center for Public Policy
College of Public Affairs