State Agency Application and Information
The online application to request an intern is closed. If you still have an internship to offer for 2021, please contact us.
The 2021 Maine Government Summer Internship Program runs June 1 through August 20 for a total of 12 weeks. The program typically begins with an orientation meeting in Augusta and includes a mid-summer educational component which requires that interns attend a one-day seminar in Augusta. The program will conclude with a reception in the last week of the internship during which interns will be awarded a certificate of completion by the Governor or her designee.
State interns are not eligible for holiday pay for Independence Day (observed July 5). In the alternative, and to the extent scheduling and work requirements allow, the employing agency should allow interns to work extra hours to make up for lost hours as the result of an absence or an unpaid holiday. Arrangements must be made directly with the intern’s supervisor to make up those hours.
All interns will receive at least $13.00 per hour, funded by the state agency (maximum 480 paid hours for the 12 weeks). Agencies may choose to pay a higher wage. Withholdings will include: federal and state taxes (approx. 25%); 7.65% contribution to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (partially refundable at end of Internship Program); and Medicare cost of 1.45%. Interns are considered temporary, unclassified employees of the State of Maine and are not paid for holidays or other non-work time. In addition to wages and benefits, participating agencies pay a fee of $250 per intern to the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center to defray a portion of the Center’s administrative costs.
The Bureau of Human Resources will provide agencies with policies and procedures (see below) for implementation of the Program. Questions concerning these policies and procedures should be directed to your HR Director or to Jessica Crosby, Director of Talent Management, State of Maine Bureau of Human Resources, 207.624.7775.
- 2021 State Program Description from Maine HR (pdf)
- 2021 State Agency Signature Form (pdf) (to be completed after the above intern request form)
- FAQs from Supervisors
- 2020 Internship Report (pdf)
- UMaine Internship Guide (pdf) for students and employers
- NACE Internship Best Practices
Peggy McKee, Program Coordinator
The University of Maine does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, 581.1226.