Maine Government Summer Internship Program

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Students participate in and contribute to Maine state agencies and municipal and county governments. Supervisors benefit from hardworking interns with new ideas, energy and skills. Internships are full-time, paid work experience for 12 weeks of the summer.

Read the 2020 Internship Annual Report (pdf).

Selection Criteria

Students and supervisors apply at the same time. The internship selection committee reviews applications and makes final selections by identifying those students who best match the requirements for each position. Consideration is given to education, skills and interests of the applicant, and previous work experience in relation to requirements of the internship positions available.

Placement Location

Most interns will be placed in the Augusta area. Students interested in placements outside of Augusta should mention this in their cover letter. There will be a select number of municipal internships throughout the state; locations may include Caribou, Presque Isle, Bethel, Union, Bridgton, South Portland, Saco, Ellsworth, Rockport, Portland, Bangor, South Thomaston, Vassalboro and others.


For 2021 interns will receive a minimum of $13.00 per hour, funded by the state or local agency (withholding and contributions will apply). Interns are considered temporary unclassified state or municipal employees.

Educational Component and Concluding Ceremony

The program typically includes a required one-day educational seminar for interns in July in Augusta. The summer concludes with a reception and awarding of certificates by the Governor or a designee.

Dates for the 2021 Program

The 2021 Maine Government Summer Internship Program will run for a total of 12 weeks between Tuesday, June 1, and Friday, August 20. The application deadline is February 28.

For More Information

Peggy McKee, Internship Coordinator

The internship program is a collaborative process involving the Office of the Governor, the Maine Bureau of Human Resources, numerous Maine state government agencies, local governments and the state and municipal employees who serve as intern supervisors. The program is administered by the MCS Policy Center at the University of Maine.