Internship Program FAQs

Am I eligible to apply?
Applicants must currently be enrolled in a Maine college or be a Maine resident enrolled in college elsewhere, and must have successfully completed a minimum of two years of college by the start of the internship. Students currently graduating from undergraduate and graduate programs also are eligible. Students who previously have participated as Interns in this program are not eligible.

Are positions available for students with my college major?
All majors may be relevant. Intern selections are made by identifying students who best match the requirements for each position. Each year is different, but take a look at the 2015 Internship Report and 2014 Internship Report to see the variety of college majors and types of intern projects.

Are there GPA requirements to be an intern?
While there are no minimum GPA requirements, the selection process is competitive. Selections are based on the quality of application materials, coursework and experience in relation to the requirements of the positions available.

What materials do I need for the application?
The application is on-line and will require a cover letter, resume and unofficial transcripts.

Can I receive academic credit for my internship?
The Maine Government Summer Internship Program does not grant academic credit. Students seeking academic credit must make arrangements with their academic advisor at their own college or university.

What positions will be available this summer?
State and municipal agencies request interns at the same time that students submit their applications, so at this time we do not know which positions will be available. The availability and types of positions are dependent on agency funding and particular needs. Take a look at the 2015 Internship Report and 2014 Internship Report to see previous positions and types of projects.

How much does the internship pay?
Internship positions are full-time (40 hours per week). Interns will earn $10.00 per hour over 12 weeks for a maximum of $4,800 (withholdings and contributions will apply).

If I am awarded an internship position, where will I be working?
Nearly all internship positions are located within the capital area (Augusta, Gardner, Hallowell). There will be some positions available in Portland and Caribou. Carefully consider where you will be willing to work during the summer when completing related questions on the application.  The program does not offer housing or transportation (Some positions provide a work vehicle). There will be a select number of municipal/county internships. Locations will be announced as they become available.

How are students selected to be interns?
A selection committee reviews all student applications and positions available and identifies students who best match the requirements for each position. Students are encouraged to be as specific as possible in describing their skills and experience when submitting their application materials.

When are students notified if they have been selected?
Students selected will be contacted by the end of March and will be given one week to accept the position offered. Students not selected will be notified once all positions have been filled.