For advising contact:

Val Skeeter
vskeeter [at] umd [dot] edu

Ms. Skeeter is the instructor for the internship course AASP 386 - African American Studies Experiential Learning. 


“This program has encouraged me to look at politics from a different perspective.  I’ve had great professors like Dr. Odis Johnson, who had us go to D.C. to participate in panels and workshops of the Congressional Black Caucus and learn how it’s representing us and its views on issues such as the prison-industrial complex and education.”



Selected former BSOS internship sites that may interest students in this major:

·          Office of U.S. Representative Donna Edwards

·          ARC of Prince Georges County

·          LIFT

·          Smithsonian

·          National Parks Service

·          The Department of State

·          Power 105.1 FM

·          Maryland General Assembly

Students who hope to land paid internships should start their search several months in advance of the semester in which they hope to intern.  For paid summer internships, they should begin their search in the fall.  Students are advised to apply for ten internships to ensure they receive at least one quality offer.  For suggestions on evaluating the quality of internships, see: What Makes a Good Internship?