The Howard County Human Rights Commission is seeking a student member to serve a one-year term. The student would serve from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 as a non-voting member on the commission.

To be eligible, candidates must be a student under the age of 18, a Howard County residents, have an interest in human and civil rights and be able to attend the commission’s meetings on the third Thursday of every month from 7-9 p.m., according to a news release from the county.

The Human Rights Commission was established in Howard County in 1969 and is made up of 11 voting members, and one student member. The commission recommends civil rights policy to the County Executive and the County Council, and has the authority to make surveys and studies concerning human rights conditions and problems and the authority to file a complaint when there is reason to believe a pattern or practice of discrimination exists.

In the county, it is illegal to discriminate based on race, creed, religion, handicap, color, sex, national origin, age, occupation, marital status, political opinion, sexual orientation, personal appearance, familial status, source of income or gender identity.

Interested students must submit an application and brief essay explaining why they want to serve on the commission. Applications are available online at howardcountymd.gov/HRStudentCommissioner.htm, or by calling the county’s Office of Human Rights at 410-313-6430. All completed applications must be mailed to Howard County Government, Department of County Administration, Attn: David Lee, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, Md. 21043.

Eligible applicants will be interviewed by the commissioners. The selected candidate will be sent to County Executive Ken Ulman, who will submit his recommendation to the County Council for confirmation.

Application deadline is Friday, May 24 at 5 p.m.