Internship Resources

Photos from 2018

City of Saco interns
photo of Saco interns
Department of Labor intern and supervisor with governor
photo of Labor intern and supervisor with governor
Recognition Ceremony
photo of intern with Gov. LePage
Summer field work
photo of Forest Service interns
DEP intern and supervisors
photo of DEP intern and supervisors
2018 Forest Service interns
photo of Forest Service interns
BCCP intern presents his work at Sen. Collins’ office
photo of BCCP intern
PFR intern presents his work on WABI
photo of PFR intern
photo of DVEM intern and supervisor
2018 Department of Education interns
photo of DOE interns
Energy intern
photo of DVEM intern
Workers Compensation Bureau interns and supervisor with the governor
photo of WCB interns and supervisor
Forestry interns on the job
photo of DACF interns
Municipal interns and supervisors with Gov. LePage
group photo of municipal interns and supervisor with governor
Cemetery mapping project
photo of Union intern
2018 Summer Interns at the Blaine House reception with the Governor
Group photo of 2018 interns
Closing Reception at the Blaine House
photo of Policy Center director
2018 DVEM intern at the job site
photo of DVEM intern
DEP intern and supervisors
photo of DEP intern and supervisors
Agriculture outreach intern
photo of Agriculture intern

Program History

The Maine Government Summer Internship Program was established in 1967 by the 103rd Legislature (1967 Public Law, Chapter 493) “to attract and select college students with ambition and talent for temporary internships within State Government.” The goal of the program is to place interns in positions where they can contribute to state government as well as benefit from the experience. Originally, the Bureau of Public Administration at the University of Maine was designated to administer the program in cooperation with the Office of the Governor and an Internship Advisory Committee. The program has expanded to include municipal and local governments.

On July 1, 1990, the Bureau of Public Administration merged with the Margaret Chase Smith Center Policy Center at the University of Maine, and the Center assumed responsibility for administering the Program. The Internship Advisory Committee was abolished in Chapter 622 of the Public Laws of 1991. However, members agreed to become a voluntary committee and continue to function in that capacity each year. The internship program was inactive between 1972 to 1974 due to lack of monetary support.  The program was reinstated in 1975 with discretionary funding through the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) which continued through 1979. Since that time, intern salaries and a portion of the administrative costs have been funded by the participating agencies. A major portion of administrative costs is contributed by the Margaret Chase Smith Center Policy Center.

Since 1967, 1,729 interns have participated in the program.