Office of Governor Larry Hogan - MD

Office of Governor Larry Hogan

***FINALIST APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants are required to submit a resume (one page), statement of interest (one page), and two references by the application deadline on Sunday, February 6 at 11:59pm ET. If selected as a finalist, applicants to this host organization may be required to submit the following additional materials directly to the host organization after the application deadline: 

  • Writing Sample, Letter of Recommendation 

LOCATION: Annapolis, MD

Our office is able to host a REMOTE OR IN-PERSON intern (depending on mutual preference).

TIME ZONE: ET

INDUSTRY: Federal / State / Local Government

WORKING HOURS: The intern needs to keep the same business hours as our office.

ABOUT US: Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. was sworn in as the 62nd governor of the State of Maryland on January 21, 2015. In 2018, he was overwhelmingly re-elected to a second four-year term, receiving the most votes of any Maryland gubernatorial candidate and becoming only the second Republican governor to be re-elected in the 242-year history of the state. In his first inaugural address, Governor Hogan reminded citizens of Maryland’s history as a state of middle temperament and pledged to advance the best ideas, regardless of which side of the political aisle they come from. He is recognized nationally as a strong, independent leader who consistently delivers real results and achieves common sense, bipartisan solutions. Economic Turnaround. Immediately upon taking office, Governor Hogan took decisive action to create a more business-friendly future for Maryland by bringing tax relief, balanced budgets, and long-term fiscal responsibility to the state. He eliminated or reformed more than 13,800 regulations, reduced or eliminated 250 fees across state government, and cut tolls at every single state facility for the first time in more than 50 years. In total, Governor Hogan has already delivered more than $2.5 billion in tax, toll, and fee relief for hardworking middle class families, retirees, and small businesses. As a result of these efforts, Governor Hogan is effectively growing Maryland’s private sector, creating jobs, and turning the state economy around. The governor’s first year in office was the most successful in total job creation in a decade and private-sector job growth in the last 16 years, and one of the biggest economic turnarounds in America. Top Priority: Education. Governor Hogan believes that every child in Maryland deserves access to a world-class education, regardless of what neighborhood they happen to grow up in. He has invested record funding six years in a row—a record $48 billion—in local K-12 education funding, and is committed to thinking outside the box and advocating for innovative solutions to close the performance gap and prepare children for the jobs of the future. In 2018, the governor worked with members of the legislature to enact landmark school safety measures. He is also leading the fight for more accountability in local school systems and advocating for new initiatives to provide relief from student debt, greater access to higher education, and to make college more affordable. Environmental Stewardship. Governor Hogan has made historic progress to protect the state’s most precious natural asset: the Chesapeake Bay. He has fully funded all bay restoration efforts five years in a row, and committed a historic $7 billion toward wide-ranging bay initiatives. In addition, under the governor’s leadership, Maryland continues to be a national and international leader in combating greenhouse gas emissions and has some of the strongest air quality standards in the nation. In 2017, Governor Hogan was elected chair of the six-state Chesapeake Executive Council and served three consecutive terms. Under his leadership, members implemented and updated the Phase 6 Watershed Model to guide jurisdictions’ restoration efforts; formally identified and began to address the threat posed by the Susquehanna River pollution entering the bay at the Conowingo Dam; and began to address long-term challenges posed by the impacts of extreme weather and climate change. Rebuilding Infrastructure. To get Marylanders moving, Governor Hogan is rebuilding the state’s transportation infrastructure through historic investments in roads, bridges, and transit. The state is moving forward on top priority road projects in every jurisdiction, fixing every single structurally deficient bridge in Maryland, and has resurfaced more than half of the state highway system. In 2017, Governor Hogan broke ground on the long-anticipated $5.6 billion Purple Line light rail project in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, which represents the largest Public-Private Partnership in America. He was the first leader in the region to propose a real solution to save the Washington, D.C. Metro system, introduced a transformative Traffic Relief Plan to widen the Capital Beltway, I-270, and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, which represents the largest transportation Public-Private Partnership (P3) in North America, and led a yearlong national infrastructure initiative, Foundation for Success, as chairman of the National Governors Association.

RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS: The scope of assignments will be determined by the intern's skills and subject matter areas of interest, which could place the intern in any of the following departments: Communications, Legislative Affairs, Office of Legal Counsel, Office of Public Affairs, Office of Executive Services, or a hybrid assignment. All internships will include special projects as assigned. For Summer 2022, any intern would be likely to work on compiling materials relating to the governor's legacy in office and assisting with the planning and execution of a "thank you tour" across the state as the governor prepares to leave office in the coming year.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The governor's office is an extremely high-performing, high-energy environment that can be intense for individuals not accustomed to working under pressure. While expectations are high and deadlines are strict, there is a high degree of collegiality and shared mission that breeds a strong and supportive office culture. Employees, particularly in senior positions, frequently work outside of traditional hours, which would not be required of an intern but could lead to communication (emails etc) outside of business hours. An individual who is self-motivated and interested in public service would be the best fit for this office. (Note: The governor's office is currently working full time in-person and plans to continue doing so, however we do have virtual technology options for meetings with external guests. Summer 2022 internships may involve some car travel throughout the state, so an intern with a vehicle and willingness to travel occasionally would be preferable. Mileage would be reimbursed at the state government rate).

SPECIALIZED SKILLS: 

  • The job is confidential in nature so the intern must be a confidante.
  • Strong writing skills and intuition.
  • Graphic Design, Social Media Management & Marketing are a plus but not required.

EQUIPMENT: Access to high-speed Wi-Fi, Smart Phone, Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel), Potential to loan equipment if needed. 


2021 Intern Reflection:

Working in Governor Hogan’s Office has been such an interdisciplinary and dynamic experience, and there are truly so many substantial ways to get involved even as an intern — and a virtual one no less. Whether it be policy, communications, legislation, special projects, or administration, the Governor’s team was quick to integrate me into any and all areas in which I was interested and put me to work with meaningful actions items from the get-go. While they had planned a few specialized projects for me ahead of time based on their needs prior to my arrival (namely COVID response and cybersecurity), I was able to get involved in a few of the Office’s initiatives combating the opioid crisis, research on economic development and hate crime prevention, as well as special projects, data visualizations, and analysis once my supervisor and our Chief of Staff got a sense of my aptitudes and skills, past experiences, and current interests. Typically, my day starts off with a check-in call with my supervisor to set an agenda for the day, coordinate any lingering links for video calls, and answer/ask questions. After that, I either spend the day working online, building graphics or data visualizations, putting together event agendas, conducting research or data analysis, sending emails and liaising between offices, along with any unplanned items that need to be addressed spontaneously (and in government, things ALWAYS come up). When not doing independent work, I’m typically on Google Meets video calls for as much as half the work day, listening in on government operations or participating actively in meetings for projects in which I’m significantly involved. Overall, there are plenty of opportunities to network, set up get-to-know-you calls with staffers, and chat candidly with the people making the Maryland state enterprise go ‘round. It’s been such an instructive and hands-on experience, and I couldn’t have engineered a better internship if I’d tried.

- Amen Gashaw