NextGen Leaders for Public Service program is a Schaefer Center for Public Policy initiative designed to inspire and prepare University of Baltimore students from all majors to explore careers in public service.

Our program is a member of the Volcker Alliance NextGen Service Corps initiative.

How it works

Launched in Fall 2022, the NextGen Leaders program provides a range of opportunities including academic programs, paid professional experiences, co-curricular experiences, and cohort experiences. The program is designed to allow students to participate in as many or as few experiences as they wish.

Students who complete a pre-determined set of experiences earn a NextGen Leadership credential certifying that they have completed the NextGen Program.

Academic Programs

The academic component of the NextGen Leaders program includes an option for students from any major to pursue a minor in public service (undergraduate) or a non-credit certificate (undergraduate or graduate) in Public Service Leadership. Graduate programs in the College of Public Affairs also meet the academic requirement.

Paid Professional Work Experiences

Under the NextGen Leaders umbrella are a variety of paid professional work experience available to undergraduate and graduate students.

Schaefer Center Graduate and Doctoral Fellowships provide outstanding University of Baltimore students the opportunity to work alongside of Schaefer Center researcher’s and faculty members on applied research, program evaluation, policy analysis, and leadership development programs for government and nonprofit organizations. Schaefer Center Fellows receive full tuition remission and a stipend while working at the Center 20 hours per week.

Public Service Internships provide graduate and undergraduate UBalt students from any major with the opportunity to explore careers in public service through paid internships. Public Service Interns can work in any state, county, or local government agency in Maryland. Internships generally last 15 weeks. Interns work 10-20 hours per week, earn $15 per hour, and have the opportunity to earn academic credit (with prior approval from their internship coordinator).

Community Development Fellowships provide dynamic, motivated students who have a strong interest in effecting positive change in urban areas the opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills and gain hands-on development experience. By matching students with organizations that directly support Baltimore neighborhoods, this fellowship program aims to improve the city while cultivating the next generation of community development leaders. This program is open to graduate and undergraduate students. Fellows work 10-20 hours per week, earn $15 per hour, and have the opportunity to earn academic credit (with prior approval from their internship coordinator).

Rosencrantz Local Government Fellows program places the College of Public Affairs’ best and brightest undergraduate and graduate students into paid fellowship positions in Maryland counties and municipalities. Fellows are generally placed in an office of a County Executive, County Administrator, Mayor, Councilmember. Fellows work 10-20 hours per week, earn $15 per hour, and have the opportunity to earn academic credit (with prior approval from their internship coordinator).

Co-Curricular Experiences

Students participating in the NextGen Leaders initiative have access to a wide variety of co-curricular experiences including events and conferences focused on government and public service; professional development workshops; site visits with government agencies; and public service events. In addition, participants are expected to work with the Career Center to polish their resume and interviewing skills.

The NextGen Leaders program will also provide mentoring to students interested in becoming a Presidential Management Fellow, Fulbright Scholar, Whitehouse Fellow, or Intern in the Maryland Governor’s Intern Leadership Program.

Cohort Experiences

Participants in the NextGen Leaders program will have the opportunity to participate in a fall kick-off retreat and a spring closing retreat. Students will have fun getting to know their peers, participating in workshops and seminars, and learning about themselves. The NextGen leadership team will work with a group of NextGen students to plan the retreats.

Digital Badges

Students who complete a prescribed set of NextGen Leaders activities will be able to earn digital badges recognizing them as NextGen Leaders. The badges can be included in LinkedIn profiles, in an email signature, or on a resume. Clicking on a digital badge will take the reader to description of the credential and its requirements.

For more information, contact Pat Mikos, Manager, NextGen Leaders for Public Service Program at 410.837.6234 or by email at pmikos@ubalt.edu.