Municipal/County Information & Application

APPLY NOW: The application to request an intern is here.
— The deadline is March 1. If you plan to request an intern but need more time, please let us know and we will work with you. —

The Policy Center places talented Maine undergraduate and graduate students in temporary paid positions in Maine municipal 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 200 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 the process you can contact us, the better.

Program Dates

The 2019 Maine Government Summer Internship Program runs May 28 through August 16 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 his designee.


Municipal governments will be responsible for employing interns, including wages (currently $12.00/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 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:

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

Peggy McKee, Internship Director
Phone: 207.581.1644

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