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Maine Government Summer Internship Program

The Maine Government Summer Internship Program is a full-time, 12 week, paid work experience. The Program combines summer work experience with an educational program designed to provide students an opportunity to participate in and contribute to Maine government. Most positions are in state government agencies in Augusta. Local government internships are also offered.  Applications will be accepted online between February 1 and March 1, 2016.

Maine NEW Leadership

Maine NEW Leadership is an intensive six-day, non-partisan public leadership education program provided at no cost to college undergraduate students from a variety of backgrounds, ages, races, and majors throughout Maine.  The program is typically held during one week at the beginning of June at the University of Maine in Orono.  Applications will be accepted in January 2016.

Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarships

The Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarship was established in 1991 in the University of Maine Foundation with gifts from Harold Alfond to the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation in Skowhegan, Maine. Scholarships are awarded to UMaine undergraduates to work with faculty advisors and Center staff to conduct policy-relevant independent research. Applications are accepted each year in April for the following academic year.

Maine Policy Scholars Program

The Maine Policy Scholars program is an academic year program in which one student from each of the seven University of Maine campuses, working closely with a faculty advisor, researches an issue of public policy relevance to Maine and presents a final report to the governor or legislators. The program, conceived by the late Peter Cox, is managed by the Maine Community Foundation and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and overseen by an advisory committee of policy makers and University of Maine faculty. Scholarship applications are accepted at each campus in February.