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Government Internships Begin

Friday, June 5th, 2015 at 9:56 am

The Maine Government Summer Internship Program began its 2015 session on Tuesday, May 26. A group of 35 student interns will spend the summer working in professional internships within agencies of state government. The students’ majors range from political science and economics to engineering and environmental science. Most study at colleges and universities in Maine, while others are Maine residents studying out of state. Departments hosting interns include the following: Education; Labor; Transportation; Corrections; Administrative and Financial Services; Professional and Financial Regulation; Defense Veterans and Emergency Management, Maine State Library, Workers’ Compensation and others.

For many years this program has offered a unique opportunity for talented college students to work within Maine state government. Interns provide valuable assistance to state agencies while gaining practical and professional skills in their fields of study. Most interns are based in Augusta, while some travel to work in other parts of the state.

The program was established in 1967 by the 103rd Maine Legislature to attract and select college students with ambition and talent for temporary internships within Maine state government. A total of 1,712 students have participated in the program since it was established.

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Maine NEW Leadership 2015 Begins

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 at 1:15 pm

Today marks the start of Maine NEW (National Education for Women) Leadership, an annual six-day undergraduate student leadership training program for women that aims to educate and empower young leaders. The program runs from Thursday, May 28 through Tuesday, June 2 at UMaine with trips to Augusta and Skowhegan.

A diverse group of 28 students with a variety of majors and interests from 15 institutions around the state, including all of the University of Maine System campuses, will take part in the seventh annual residential conference that aims to strengthen political skills and build confidence.

Throughout the free conference, students will participate in workshops hosted by women leaders from politics, business and education. They will learn skills including public speaking, networking and how to advocate for a cause and run for public office.

Maine NEW Leadership is offered by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center with support from local sponsors. The program was developed to address the under-representation of women in politics and is designed to provide students skills to become the next generation of effective civic and political leaders.

More information about Maine NEW Leadership is available online or by calling Mary Cathcart at 944.1411.

Marcella Sorg’s Research Informs State Report on Drug Deaths

Monday, May 18th, 2015 at 9:10 am

Analysis done by Dr. Marcella Sorg of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at UMaine has informed the reports recently released by the Maine Office of the Attorney General. New figures show that 208 people died in Maine last year from drug overdoses, up 18 percent over 2013. Sorg performed the drug death analysis in collaboration with the Maine Office of Chief Medical Examiner.

“Maine saw an increase in drug overdose deaths beginning in 2001-02 and it remained high, largely as a result of pharmaceutical opioid-related deaths,” Sorg said in a news release. “What is remarkable about the numbers in 2014 is a new increase in heroin and fentanyl deaths, driving the number of total deaths to an unprecedented level for Maine.”

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Maine Sun Journal

Bangor Daily News

SeaCoast Online

MPR article by Bill Cohen and Alan Simpson

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 at 12:35 pm

An article by former Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen and former Senator Alan Simpson on leadership which first appeared in Maine Policy Review  has been included in the Bangor Daily News online.

For text of the article “What makes a leader? Bill Cohen, Alan Simpson weigh in” click here: