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Eliot Cutler Campaign Internships

There are a variety of internships available with Independent Eliot Cutler’s Gubernatorial campaign. See the full internship descriptions at the links below:

Communications Intern

Policy Intern

Finance Intern

Field Intern

2014 Judith Dawn Grant Memorial Scholarship


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The JUDITH DAWN GRANT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP for 2014-2015 is open to competitive applications.

The scholarship was established in 1980 by the family and friends of Judi Grant to be used at the University of Maine.  The scholarships are for junior or senior Political Science students who seriously plan to continue their education by attending law school.

The scholarship award will be applied to the awardee’s tuition and costs for the fall semester, 2014.

The scholarship committee consists of Professor Donald A. Grant, Richard C. Hill Professor and Chair Emeritus, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Professor Timothy Cole, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, and Professor Mark Brewer, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science.

Scholarship applications may be obtained from the Office of the Department of Political Science, 229 North Stevens or electronically hereThe closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, April 25, 2014.

Selected applicants may be interviewed before the end of classes.  Announcement of the award will be made no later than June 2014.

Graton Constitutional Essay Contest-2014

Graton Constitutional Essay Contest—2014

Three prizes of $1,500, $1,000, and $700 have been authorized for the best essays on the constitutional subject listed below. The awards are made from the income from shares of stock held in trust by the University of Maine and established for this purpose by the late Claude Dewing Graton, Class of 1900.  

The subject of the 2014 competition is:

Does the University of Maine’s ban on firearms on campus survive D.C. v. Heller (and other cases such as McDonald v. Chicago)?

Any regularly enrolled undergraduate student may enter the contest. The essay responding to the question above must be completed and submitted to the Office of the Administrative Assistant, Department of Political Science, 229 North Stevens Hall, no later than Friday, April 18, 2014, by 12:00 noon.

The essays must be between 2000 and 5000 words in length, and must be a polished work. Adherence to the Style Manual for Political Science, APA, or other standard style reference is highly encouraged. A complete bibliography must accompany the essay, and proper citation must be followed throughout. The title page should contain only the title of the essay and the date. A separate cover page should contain the title, date, and student’s name and mailing address. The committee does not return essays submitted; students are advised to make a copy of their work before submission. The committee reserves the right to make no awards in a given year.

Judging criteria include:
Additionally, essays must carefully define the limits of the topic at the outset of the essay: a good introduction and thesis statement are highly encouraged. The reading committee reserves the right not to award any of the prize money if it determines that no essay meets its standards.

Questions about the contest may be directed to Timothy Cole, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Science, phone 581-3844, and “Timothy Cole” on FirstClass.

Paper copies of this announcement are available in the office of the Administrative Assistant, Department of Political Science.

Scholarship Opportunity!

Maine Policy Scholars Program 

Do you think Maine’s state government could do better?

 If so, the Policy Scholars program may be for you. If selected, you will be paid to work on a policy proposal to address some issue or problem.

You choose your policy focus. The program includes an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with Senator Angus King and people with expertise in your area of interest.

Policy Scholars have investigated a wide range of topics, including HIV/AIDS education in middle and high school, domestic violence, wind power, making homes more energy efficient, school nutrition, campaign finance, clam management, civic education, encouraging students whose parents who have not attended college to go to college, community-supported agriculture, and the nursing shortage.

Students from across the University of Maine System gather with the Maine’s other Policy Scholars to learn about policy research, participate in colloquia, and present their research ideas and findings.  Some Policy Scholars have testified to the state legislature about their findings and recommendations.

Maine Public Policy Scholars receive an award of $1500 plus up to $1000 for research expenses and can earn 6 hours of credit. Funding is provided by the Maine Community Foundation

Scholars have met with a variety of people on the front lines of public policy, including directors of community health programs and homeless shelters, school principals and teachers, clam diggers who attend local shellfish management group meetings, bank presidents, activists, judges, teachers, state legislators, and leaders of state agencies.

On our campus, Professor Amy Fried of the Department of Political Science serves as the program’s director and acts as the policy scholar’s primary faculty advisor.


Applications can be picked up from the office of the Department of Political Science, 229 North Stevens Hall or can be obtained electronically here (PDF, Word).  The Maine Public Policy Scholars program is competitive and open to all University of Maine juniors or seniors in the 2014-2015 academic year.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13 at 4:00 P.M, to the department or electronically to (First Class). If you have any questions, contact Professor Amy Fried on First Class.

Palmer State Legislative Internship

We are currently accepting applications for the Kenneth Palmer State Legislative Internship Program. If selected for this internship you will be able to gain hands-on experience working in the Maine State Legislature in the Spring 2014 semester, while also earning course credit. The internship will involve working two days per week in Augusta for 14 weeks, from early January until early May (specific days TBD, but usually Tues/Thurs).  The student will be assigned to the office of a member of the legislative leadership.  Up to nine academic credit hours are granted for the internship.

Return to: Political Science Office, 229 N. Stevens Hall

Application Deadline:  Friday, November 22, 2013, Noon

Applications are open to all UMaine Juniors and Seniors regardless of major. In most circumstances, interns must be citizens of Maine. Interviews will be set up via email, so please be sure to check your account regularly.

You can access the applications here: Word Document      PDF


Contact Information

Political Science
5754 North Stevens Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5754
Phone: (207) 581-1871
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System