At the University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center, we believe that experiential learning, particularly interdisciplinary learning, is critical for student and employer success.
Beginning in Summer 2020, the Maine Center funded a pilot cohort of students in its new Maine Center Graduate Internship Program. This program provides graduate and professional students in the Maine Center’s focus disciplines – law, business, policy (including planning and management), and public health – with work experience that will prepare them for future career success, regardless of the internship host’s ability to pay.
The Maine Center will fund a 2021 summer cohort – more information coming soon!
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 they have identified and have received advisor and/or departmental approval for
- One of the internships 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. While all applications from eligible students will be considered, preference will be given to applications that incorporate elements of law, business, and policy and/or applicants who demonstrate an interest in pursuing work experiences that may fall outside the “traditional” career path of someone in their degree program (e.g., a JD student interning for a startup business, a MPPM student interning for an industry group). The Maine Center strongly encourages 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 academic calendar year, winter break and/or summer break, up to a maximum of 400 hours. Unpaid internships or internships with insufficient stipends will be considered for funding.
Students awarded funding during Summer 2021 will be expected to participate in 2-3 networking events throughout their internship. At the end of the summer or early in the fall semester, students will be asked to deliver a brief presentation of their work to fellow students, faculty, and the interested public in an internship showcase event.
How to apply
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)
Applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 on a rolling basis and students will be notified within two weeks of application if their internship has been approved for funding. The Maine Center aims to fund 10-15 internships in Summer 2021 and will stop reviewing applications when the funds have been allocated. In granting internship funding, the Maine Center seeks to balance funding across its partner programs.
Approved applicants will receive $15.00 per hour for up to 400 hours of work (withholding and contributions will apply).
For more information
Rebecca Gilbert, 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 Manager (email@example.com) to discuss your opportunity. While we cannot promise that a student will apply for your position, we will help spread the word.