The subject of the 2014 competition is:
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.
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 email@example.com (First Class). If you have any questions, contact Professor Amy Fried on First Class.
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.
The University of Maine’s Congressional Internship Program
INTERESTED IN POLITICS? Earn course credits & get paid for working in WASHINGTON DC
The Peter Madigan ’81 Congressional Internship Program, in its sixth decade, is open to Juniors and Seniors, regardless of major, on a competitive basis. Each spring several UMaine students are selected to live in Washington DC while working full-time in a congressional office, normally from the Maine delegation. Readings and reports are required in addition to performing staff work in a congressional office.
Now accepting applications for Spring Semester 2014. All UMaine Juniors and Seniors are eligible to apply
Application deadline: Friday, October 18, 2013 at Noon
FIELD CANVASSERS: We are seeking applicants with strong communication skills along with a passion for social and economic justice to join our field canvass team with a positive attitude and progressive outlook. Previous campaign and/or fundraising experience is a plus!
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