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UMaine Congressional Internship

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

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

Applications are available here (PDF  WORD). Or you can pick up a hard copy in the Department of Political Science in North Stevens.

Application deadline: Friday, October 18, 2013 at Noon

Maine People’s Alliance-Job Posting

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Looking for Field Canvassers (Portland, Bangor)

Summer Canvassers for a Fair Share Economy! (Portland, ME)The Maine People’s Alliance (MPA) is a statewide, nonprofit, grassroots community action group with a membership of more than 32,000 households. This fall we kicked off our new Fair Share Economy Campaign and we’re looking for enthusiastic, determined additions to our Field Canvass team to get out the word and build support for it!

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!

MPA is an equal opportunity employer. MPA strives to create a work environment that fosters openness, creativity and equality, free of harassment within the organization and in our society.

HOURS: M-F, 2-10pm


Please email a brief cover letter with resume to….
Chris Johnson, Portland Field Canvass Director (if in the Portland area)
Tim McGuire, Bangor Field Canvass Director (if in the Bangor area)
  • Location: Portland, Bangor
  • Compensation: $65+ per day

Internship Opportunity: Maine Senate Democratic Campaign Committee

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Maine Senate Democratic Campaign Committee
Location: Augusta (partial telecommute available)
Hours Per Week: 15-20+

Are you looking to work in Maine politics? The Maine Senate Democratic Campaign Committee – the only statewide organization whose sole purpose is to elect Democrats to the state senate – is looking for sharp, young minds for our summer internship program. Our best and brightest recruits often come up through our internship program. Previous and current interns are the first people we contact when job opportunities become available.

This is not a “fetch the coffee” or “watch and take notes” type of internship. Our team of interns will gain real, hands-on experience building and operating a statewide campaign organization. Interns can expect to learn the basics of how political campaigns are run and specific skills like:

  • Candidate Recruitment
  • Fundraising
  • Event Planning
  • Media and Communications
  • Targeting
  • Voter Contact and Identification
  • Research
  • Volunteer Recruitment and Training


  • Enrolled (or fall enrollment) in college courses for credit
  • Computer literate in internet research, Microsoft Office
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Commitment to electing Democratic candidates

Previous work or volunteer experience on a Democratic campaign is preferred, but not required. Internships with the Maine SDCC are for credit only. Travel and expense reimbursements may be available. Interns will be expected to work a minimum of 15-20 hours per week on assigned projects during June, July and August. Flexible scheduling arrangements are available.

Please email a resume and cover letter to Rick Redmond at



Political Science 2013 Summer Online Courses

Monday, March 18th, 2013
Summer online courses can be a great way to fulfill your UMaine degree requirements in a flexible way during the summer months. This summer the Political Science Department will be offering a several courses. Registration for summer courses can be done at the same time as registration for fall.

Here’s what we will be offering.


Introduces the major principles, structures, processes and policies of United States government.  Covers the Constitution and its development, civil liberties, federalism, the role of political parties and interest groups, and the nature of the presidency, the bureaucracy, the Congress and the national courts. Fulfills Gen Ed requirements for Social Contexts & Institutions and is a required course for all POS majors. Course runs June 3-July 12.


An introduction to the fundamental questions of political philosophy–what is justice” how ought we to live our lives” what is the best regime”–through detailed study of a few central books in the history of political thought, such as Plato’s Republic and Machiavelli’s Prince. Fulfills Gen Ed requirement in Ethics or Western Cultural Tradition, as well as a Political Theory requirement in POS major. Course runs June 3-21 2013.

Provides an introduction to the major themes of comparative politics, including: comparative political legacies, processes of modernization, comparative governmental institutions, modern political parties and interest groups, comparative policymaking processes, and problems of establishing and maintaining democratic government. Fulfills Gen Ed requirement Cultural Diversity & International Perspectives or Social Contexts & Institutions, as well as a Comparative Politics requirement in the POS major. Course runs July 8-26.


Satisfies an American Politics major requirement in POS. Course runs July 8-26.


Examines the politics and government of urban areas in the United States, in both historical and contemporary contexts.  Topics of investigation and discussion include (but are not limited to): the functions and roles of American cities, the responsibilities of urban governments, the issue of power in the metropolis, the American federal system and urban governance, race, ethnicity, and class in urban America, and the challenges facing contemporary urban society. Fulfills Gen Ed requirement for Social Contexts & Institutions, as well as an American Politics requirement in the POS major. Course runs May 13-31.

POS 368: CHINA (Richard Powell.

Perhaps no other country is as important as China to the course of the U.S. and the world in the 21st century. This course is a comprehensive look at the politics of China and its relations with the rest of the world, as well as some of the critical problems it currently faces. Professor Powell lived and taught in China in 2010 and has many observations and stories to share from my time in this fascinating country. Course runs June 3-July 12.We hope you will consider these courses when preparing your summer schedule. Please be sure to email the instructor with any questions you may have about these courses.

Job Opportunity: Environmental Health Strategy Center

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

A great opportunity for recent or soon-to-be political science graduates. See message below.

Job description available here.

Job application available here.

Attached please find the job announcement and application materials for an exciting one-year paid fellowship at the Environmental Health Strategy Center, based in Portland. This fellowship is designed for recent college graduates interested in pursuing a career in science, policy, technology or nonprofit organizational leadership related to environmental public health, sustainable business development or social change.. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, and post and forward widely. Details below. This is a terrific opportunity for a recent grad.

Thanks for sharing with your networks!


Emily Postman
Environmental Health Strategy Center
565 Congress Street, Ste. 204
Portland, ME 04101
(207)699-5795 (main)