State Agency Application and Information

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Step 1: Fill out the online form to request a summer intern.  The deadline is March 3rd

Step 2: Speak with your HR representative to establish the position.

Step 3: Fill out a 2024 State Agency Signature Form and send it to us.

Program Dates:

The 2024 Maine Government Summer Internship Program will run May 28 through August 16 for a total of 12 weeks, full time.  The program begins with an opening group meeting for students and supervisors and it includes a mid-summer, in-person educational component for students. The program will conclude with a reception in the last week of the internship during which interns and supervisors will be recognized by the Governor or her designee.

State interns are not eligible for holiday pay for Independence Day.  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 $15.00 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.

For Supervisors



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.