Municipal/County Application & Information
The online application to request an intern is now closed.
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.
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 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:
- 2020 Municipal Signature form (to be completed after the application form above)
- FAQs from supervisors
- See a sample internship job description.
- UMaine Internship Guide (pdf) for students and employers
- NACE Internship Best Practices
More program information:
- 2019 Maine Government Internship Report (pdf)
- Read the Maine Townsman article: “‘Have enough lined up’: Municipal interns can fill critical needs“
- Read the Maine Townsman article: “Summer interns can fill important roles, now and into the future”
- Read article on Town of Union cemeteries intern
- Read Sun-Journal article on Rumford municipal intern
Peggy McKee, Internship Director
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