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.
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:
- 2019 Municipal Signature form (to be completed after the application form above)
- UMaine Internship Guide (pdf) for students and employers
- NACE Internship Best Practices
- See a sample internship job description.
More program information:
- 2018 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