Municipal/County Information & Application

APPLY: The on-line application will be available here on February 1stThe deadline is March 1. 

The Policy Center places talented Maine undergraduate and graduate students in temporary paid positions in Maine municipal and county governments. An important benefit to town/city governments is that the Policy Center performs the recruitment and selection processes and has access to an extensive applicant pool, last year receiving more than 250 student applications for summer internships.

Policy Center staff will work with municipal officials in developing the position descriptions to help ensure appropriate intern placements. To get qualified applicants for your location, we need to inform students that a position is being offered in your area before they apply. The earlier in February you can contact us, the better.

Program Dates

The 2020 Maine Government Summer Internship Program runs May 26 through August 14 for a total of 12 weeks. The program includes a mid-summer educational component in which interns attend a one-day seminar in Augusta. The program concludes with a reception during which interns are awarded a certificate of completion by the Governor or her designee.


Municipal governments will be responsible for employing interns, including wages (2020 wages will be $13.00/hr. for a maximum 480 paid hours for the 12 weeks), and all locally appropriate federal and state withholdings.  Interns are considered temporary, unclassified employees and are typically 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.

For Municipal Supervisors:

More program information:

Agriculture outreach intern
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Media Intern
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PFR intern presents his work on WABI
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Interns and supervisors at the Blaine House ceremony
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Mari Smith, Social Media and Graphic Design Intern for the Bureau of HR

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Summer field work
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2018 DVEM intern at the job site
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GIS Intern At Work on Mapping

GIS Intern for Gardiner Public Works

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City of Saco interns
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Forestry interns on the job
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Interns Interacting

Interns enjoying their time spent sharing experiences with each other.

Interns Interacting
2019 Department of Education interns
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Energy intern
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Peggy McKee, Internship Director
Phone: 207.581.1644

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