At the University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center, we believe that experiential learning, particularly interdisciplinary learning, is critical for student and employer success.
The Maine Center Graduate Internship Program provides graduate and professional students in the Maine Center’s focus disciplines with paid work experience, a peer network, and professional development that will prepare them for future career success. This program is made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor to the Maine Center.
The application period for our 2021 intern cohort has closed. We will open applications for the 2022 intern cohort in January 2022. If you are a company or organization seeking a summer intern, please get in touch with us in fall 2021 to discuss your opportunity. For students looking for more information about eligibility and applying, please select the appropriate option below.
Details For Students
At the time of application, a student must be enrolled in one of the Maine Center’s partner programs:
- University of Maine School of Law
- University of Maine Graduate School of Business
- University of Southern Maine MBA program
- Muskie School of Public Service’s MPPM or MPH programs
Applicants must have completed a minimum of one semester of their graduate coursework by the start of the internship. Online students are eligible for funding. Students must be eligible to work in the U.S. Students graduating from an undergraduate program with plans to complete an accelerated degree (e.g., 4+1, 3+3) are also welcome to apply and will be considered on a case by case basis.
Students may apply for funding through one of two paths:
- An internship or independent project they have identified and have received advisor and/or departmental approval for
- One of the internship positions posted lower on this page
The majority of the internship work must be done in Maine or for a Maine-based organization. Graduate assistantships and internships with University of Maine System entities are not eligible for funding. Students do not need to receive academic credit for their internship to be awarded funding. In addition, students do not need to have received an official offer for an internship before applying for funding; they may apply if they are still negotiating or interviewing for a position and funding may be contingent upon receiving and accepting that offer.
While all applications from eligible students will be considered, preference will be given to applications that incorporate multiple elements of of the Maine Center’s focus disciplines and/or applicants who demonstrate an interest in pursuing work experiences that fall outside the “traditional” career path of someone in their degree program (e.g., a JD student interning for a startup business, an MPPM student interning for a business group). The Maine Center requires potential applicants to reach out to the program coordinator to discuss their ideas for an application as early as possible to ensure the proposed internship meets eligibility criteria and to discuss any questions.
Funding support is available in a variety of formats designed to meet the needs of eligible students. Support is available for full-time, part-time, and project-based internships offered during the summer break, up to a maximum of 400 hours. Unpaid internships or internships with insufficient stipends will be considered for funding.
The Maine Center will host a number of interdisciplinary networking and professional development opportunities for the intern cohort in Summer 2021. These will be optional but cohort members are strongly encouraged to attend, either virtually or in-person as appropriate. Students are expected to contribute to Maine Center communications about this program, which may include social media profiles, inclusion in a program booklet, and a short video.
How to apply
Applicants must email the program coordinator, Rebecca Gilbert (firstname.lastname@example.org), to schedule a Zoom call to discuss the potential application. After this call, applicants should submit the following materials:
- Application form (completed online)
- Cover letter explaining how this opportunity fits into your current coursework and future career plans (500 words maximum)
The resume and cover letter should be submitted to email@example.com. In addition, please inform your program’s internship placement office or department chair that you are applying for this program. A student may submit more than one application if they are considering different internship or project opportunities.
Applications will be reviewed and approved as follows:
- Deadline #1: February 19 (Decisions sent the first week of March)
- Deadline #2: April 16 (Decisions sent the first week of May)
We will reserve funds for the second deadline for applicants who are not able to apply for the first deadline. We aim to fund 15 interns in Summer 2021 and, in granting internship funding, will seek to balance funding across our partner programs.
Interns will receive $15.00 per hour for up to 400 hours of work (withholding and contributions will apply). Interns will be hired by the University of Maine System as temporary employees and paid monthly by the System.
For more information
Rebecca Gilbert, Program Coordinator
Selected Internship Openings
We will add open internships positions to this section as we become aware of them. Students do not need to apply for one of these positions to receive internship funding support; we merely offer these as options. If you would like to learn more about these opportunities or apply for them, please email the Program Manager.
Details for Potential Intern Hosts
The Maine Center will post open internship positions to this page on a rolling basis. If your organization is looking to host a graduate-level intern for a specific project, a semester project, or a full summer internship, please reach out to the program coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your opportunity.