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Student Clubs and Organizations

Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to create and/or update memberships in the University of Maine Student Chapter of ACM. See ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. The student chapter serves as a gateway to forums, panel discussions, and symposia that further a student’s professional development.

Cyber Defense Team
You will hear about this in class. The University of Maine Cyber Defense Team regularly competes locally and often qualifies for the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. It’s a great way to learn and build your resume for further employment opportunities in cyber security. See NECCDC.

Graduate Student Government (GSG)
The School may send two representatives to the Graduate Student Government; one representing graduate students in Computer Science and the other representing students in Spatial Information Science and Engineering and Information Systems. With representation and regular participation, graduate students may apply for funding for travel to conferences. The GSG also hosts an annual Grad Expo highlighting the work of graduate students from across the campus.

Volunteer to Help Others Learn to Code
Numerous initiatives are emerging in Maine and across the nation to help young people to learn how to code at earlier ages. Help others by participating in an Hour of Code, a local hack club or engaging with a grade school, middle school or high school over a longer period of time. By teaching others you can help others, have fun and learn a great deal yourself. Propose a project through the local ACM Chapter or contact Educate Maine for further suggestions.

Suggestions from Project>Login  at Educate Maine :

  • Newbies can start with games, which provide a very circumscribed introduction to coding concepts.
  • Novices can learn programming concepts within a browser using Scratch, Snap or AppInventor and start coding within a “safe” browser-based environment at KhanAcademy and CodeAcademy.
  • Then, intermediate coders have options that include browser-based and app-based development environments: C9 or VirtualBox.
  • Obviously, at a certain point, a more expert learner needs deep machine access (e.g. the Terminal program where as a professional, you may work >95% of the time that you’re writing code).

Upsilon Pi Epsilon
UPE is the first and only existing international honor society in the Computing and Information Disciplines. Joining the Maine Alpha Chapter is by invitation only.

Other Campus Organizations
The campus has of course many additional organizations and activities in which students may get involved. See the Division for Student Life at

Other Ways to Make a Difference
Here are just some of the ways you can help shape the future by sharing your time and talents:

  • Mentor high school students on how to design solutions to real problems in their communities using computers. For example, collaborate with a high school math or science teacher to have students collect and analyze complex environmental or social data in order to propose policy solutions or changes in community behavior.
  • Introduce middle school students to a new language. For example, help an after-school program run a conceptual level computer science programming camp using applications like Scratch and Alice.
  • Volunteer to talk to the public about your creativity, passion for technology and research. For example, give a talk or help teach a workshop at on-campus outreach events such as Expanding Your Horizons, 4H @ UMaine, and the UMaine Engineering Expo.
  • Work with the SCIS to provide a resource for a Maine community. By example, we set up and host the Friends of Orono Schools listserv. This mailing group is heavily used by a large body of people around Orono. Over the past four years it has had over 1500 emails submitted to it, frequently by town and elected officials. What other service might we provide for others through your effort and support?

Internships with Companies and Agencies

Two types of internship experiences are available typically for students in the School of Computing and Information Science.

While students within other academic programs may accept unpaid internships, almost all SCIS students to date have accepted only paid internships from businesses and government agencies.

Internships Providing Experience

Many companies in Maine and across the nation are willing to supervise and work closely with students for a period of time in order to evaluate them as potential future employees. Students similarly are able to assess whether they might want to work for the company or a similar company in the future. Some companies have formal internship programs run by their organization whereby all student interns are exposed to certain aspects or operations of the company. With other companies the experience may differ little from a summer or part time job.

One avenue for finding relevant internship experiences with companies throughout Maine is to sign up with Project>Login . Create an account, complete a profile and upload a resume at This will make your resume and interests available to all Maine IT companies looking for interns. But don’t stop there, check out the active openings that companies are advertising at and keep checking back. Even though you may feel you may don’t have many skills yet get your resume into the system by the end your first year in your degree program and keep updating it over time.

There are many other businesses throughout Maine that may be interested in bringing you on as a paid Intern that may not be actively looking but would consider you if you contacted them and you appear to have a match in interests. For example, check out the Industry Directory at

Internships Providing Both Experience and Academic Course Credits (Graduate Students)

Assuming the course is approved for your Graduate Program of Study by your academic advisor and assuming that a company is willing to work with you and university advisors in providing an in depth internship experience, you may acquire 3 course credits by completing the requirements for SIE 590 Information Systems Internship.

Graduate students in the School of Computing and Information Science who have completed nine credits of required graduate course work qualify to enroll in SIE 590 Information Systems Internship. Students acquire practical training using knowledge acquired in their graduate program while gaining course credits working with a business or organization. Hosting organizations supervise and work closely with outstanding prospects for potential long-term employment. A description of the internship course and the expectations for both the student and the supervising organization are listed under the Sample Syllabus for the course. The attachments to the Sample Syllabus show the work plan and reporting requirements for the student. Most internships are likely to involve compensation for the student but this is not a requirement.

Additional Approvals for Foreign Graduate Students
Foreign students must gain the approval of the Office of International Programs at the University of Maine in order to participate in the graduate internship course if they are going to be earning compensation while engaged in the Internship Program. Read the Application Procedures for Curricular Practical Training and complete the Curricular Practical Training Approval Request after the internship company or agency has been identified. In short, you must typically be enrolled for two semesters prior to taking the internship practical training course, you must take the course before all of your other graduate requirements are met, the course should be included on your graduate program of study and approved by your three member graduate committee making the course a required course, you must enroll in the course and the School of Computing and Information Science director or the graduate coordinator must submit a letter of support attesting that these requirements have been met and that you are in good standing. If questions arise, please contact Sarah Joughin, International Student and Scholar Advisor, who approves such requests (

Participating Hosting Organizations

Participating organizations with needs for high level information system skills and who are seeking to review and consider internship applications from qualifying graduate students include those listed below. However, graduate students are free to seek out additional companies and agencies such as those referred in the previous section to support your desire to obtain graduate course credits for an internship experience.



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Internships may occur during the regular school year or during the summer months. A match must be found between the interests and needs of the host and the interests and specific expertise of the intern. This match making is best accomplished through completiion of the required forms initiated by the student. Timing may be a major consideration since some of the listed organizations may have windows of opportunity but not continuous opportunities to work with graduate students.

Hosting Organization Profiles & Graduate Internship Interests

City of Portland

The City of Portland is Maine’s business, financial and retail capital and the largest city in the state. Seascapes and cityscapes blend harmoniously in Portland, perched on a peninsula, jutting out into island-studded Casco Bay. The metropolitan hub of Maine’s south coast region, Portland is a progressive, lively city incorporating the character of yesteryear into a modern urban environment. Historic architecture blends gracefully with the new as you stroll along her working waterfront or the cobblestone streets of the restored Old Port section of the city.

With a metro population of 230,000, the Greater Portland area is home to almost one quarter of Maine’s total population. The population of the city is 64,000. The economy is strong. Bumper-to-bumper traffic and gridlock are unheard of. Portland is an easygoing city with friendly, hardworking people. Ranked nationally as one of the ten safest, culturally most fascinating US Cities and one of the top cities for doing business, housing is affordable, the schools and healthcare are outstanding.

An internship would involve working with Portland’s GIS Manager as an important member of the IT team. We have spent the last 16 years creating an outstanding geo-base. Information sharing is supported by ESRI SDE and ARCIMS servers. Portland has the most technically advanced public safety mapping system in use in the State of Maine. We serve the City of Portland, City of South Portland and the Town of Cape Elizabeth with real time information concerning Police, Fire and EMS calls combined with the real time locations for the combined public safety fleet. Our biggest initiative for the coming year will be the development of spatial tools and processes similar to those used by Los Angeles PD and Chicago PD and involve working with Portland’s Crime Analyst and the Portland PD command staff.


DeLorme is a leading provider of mapping products, technologies, and data for the consumer and professional markets. Located in Yarmouth, Maine, DeLorme headquarters is home to corporate offices, a state-of-the-art research and development facility, the DeLorme Map Store, and Eartha, the world’s largest rotating and revolving globe. Since its incorporation in 1976, DeLorme has developed an unprecedented reputation as a leader in the mapping industry. From humble beginnings as a paper atlas publisher, the company quickly emerged as a pioneering technological innovator. DeLorme not only embraced new technologies, it developed them.

DeLorme Mapmakers and Map-Making Expertise: DeLorme offers a unique set of core competencies across the complex areas of map data creation and management, software development, and integration within GPS technologies. This ability to understand and develop all the critical components necessary to compete in the fast-changing world of GPS and digital mapping provides DeLorme with a unique competitive advantage.

An Innovation Leader in GPS: Beginning In the mid-1990s, before GPS usage was widespread, DeLorme was pioneering GPS solutions for laptop PCs and, subsequently, for Palm OS and Pocket PC devices. DeLorme continues to lead with the Earthmate LT-40 for USB laptops, and the BT-20 for Bluetooth-enabled PDAs and touchscreen smartphones (Palm and WinCE).

In 2007, the company introduced the Earthmate PN-20, its first handheld GPS receiver. It was followed in 2008 by the high-performance PN-40 which, by virtue of its performance and capabilities, has vaulted DeLorme into the forefront of handheld GPS providers.

Professional Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Solutions: DeLorme XMap® GIS software provides versatile and powerful professional mapping and GIS database synchronization tools. XMap integrates DeLorme’s many map data offerings, including high-resolution USGS DOQQs, colorized satellite imagery, NOAA nautical charts, and up-to-date street-level vector data. XMap Web enables enterprise-wide distribution of mission critical geographic data. Leading organizations deploying the XMap mobile GIS platform include the California Department of Transportation, Maine State Police, FEMA, the Environmental Protection Agency, and a host of oil and gas and wind energy companies.

Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS)

Since its creation in 1982, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS) has evolved into a remarkable resource for central, eastern, and northern Maine. Our heritage is based on a rich tradition of determination, collaboration, and flexibility in meeting the changing and growing needs of our communities. Through its members – from Waterville to Madawaska and Blue Hill to Greenville – EMHS advocates on behalf of our communities with an integrated, tireless, and passionate voice. Member hospitals and other organizations share common values and work to ensure only the highest quality care is available to all.

EMHS serves as a foundation for more than 30 member organizations, of which the seven hospitals are most prominent: The Acadia Hospital, The Aroostook Medical Center, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, Charles A Dean, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Inland Hospital, and Sebasticook Valley Hospital. Acadia is a free-standing psychiatric hospital and the only one of its kind to receive magnet status for excellence in nursing. Eastern Maine Medical Center is the largest of the hospitals, offering tertiary level services and representing more than 3000 of the nearly 8000 people who together are EMHS employees.

Other EMHS members include Affiliated Healthcare Systems, RossCare, Eastern Maine HomeCare, and Healthcare Charities. The system oversees numerous long-term care facilities and home care organizations, as well as emergency transportation services – including an LLC for LifeFlight of Maine, the state’s only medical helicopter.

Unlike many of the member organizations that are part of it, EMHS does not deliver direct patient care services. Known as the “home office,” EMHS provides critical non-patient care business services that can be cost effectively shared across all organization in the system. These services include, accounting, information technology, planning, compliance, legal services, and web development. The staff of the EMHS home office, based in the Brewer Professional Center, are often the facilitators for bringing together system wide professionals who are seeking the standardization for best practices proving that as a system, “Together We’re Stronger.”


Working for ESRI means being a part of changing our world. ESRI is the world leader in geographic information system (GIS) software development, a critical technology that enables organizations across the globe to more effectively carry out their missions, improve the bottom line, and make a positive contribution to society. ESRI spans the globe with 10 U.S. regional offices, 80 international distributors, and customers in more than 150 countries. We employ 2,700 people in the U.S. including 1,900 at our Redlands headquarters, a community ideally located in Southern California.

ESRI’s ArcGIS is an integrated collection of GIS software products that provides a standards-based platform for spatial analysis, data management, and mapping. ArcGIS products can be used throughout the enterprise on the desktop and via servers and mobile devices. People are using ArcGIS in all types of organizations to improve their workflows and solve their most challenging issues.

An internship with ESRI is an opportunity to gain valuable work experience while students continue their education or prepare for life after graduation. Interns gain personal and professional skills that will give them an edge in the workplace after graduation. Internships are paid positions and flexible in scheduling, but are offered primarily in the summer time.

In addition to internships at our corporate headquarters, we are offering one position in our Portland, Maine, satellite office to work alongside experienced product engineers. This is a great opportunity to learn about software functionality and how to perform quality assurance testing and build QA testing frameworks. We are seeking applicants with general GIS knowledge, ArcGIS Server knowledge, some .NET and Silverlight programming background, and/or QA experience.

Global Relief Technologies

Global Relief Technologies (GRT) was founded in 2003 to help organizations in remote or disconnected environments report critical information in real time.

This means relief workers in Africa can collect and instantly transmit crucial health data from a remote village for immediate analysis and help stem an outbreak of disease. It means that US emergency responders working in areas devastated by a hurricane or earthquake can quickly assess the situation on the ground so resources are allocated properly. It means that global companies operating in remote and difficult environments can collect and report business-critical data in real time. It means that real-time reporting and data analysis is possible no matter where you are located on the globe.

At GRT, we combine our years of practical field experience with our technical expertise in GIS mapping, satellite imagery, and satellite communications to deliver a fully integrated end-to-end data collection and analysis solution. That’s why organizations including the American Red Cross, the International Medical Corps, and the U. S. Marine Corps can count on GRT for the real-time data collection and analysis they need to make informed decisions.

GRT has a long history of employing interns from the University of Maine and the University of New Hampshire – at the BS, MS and Ph.D. candidate levels. Internships range from one semester to several years. And in some cases the internship is tightly connected with the Student’s thesis work. Many interns have been hired as full time employees upon graduation.

James W. Sewall Company

Sewall provides integrated geospatial, engineering, and forestry consulting services to clients in government and industry. Our diverse portfolio is based on 100 years’ experience in surveying, forestry consulting, and civil engineering; 60 years’ in aerial mapping; and 20 years’ in geospatial systems and software. In the last 10 years, our offerings have expanded to include environmental engineering, renewable energy, and web-based technologies.

Sewall is organized to share resources and technologies across company areas for the delivery of higher-value customer solutions. Few companies in our markets have both the breadth of services and the structure to combine them in ways that meet specific client needs. Our ability to coordinate and collaborate in the service of these needs is an advantage to us and to our clients, who return to Sewall again and again. Over 65 percent of Sewall clients are repeat customers.

A client-focused firm, Sewall is committed to understanding client needs and business drivers and the needs of client constituencies. Our core services in engineering, geospatial information, and natural resources can be integrated in any combination to further client success:

Engineering – Civil, structural, environmental, and traffic engineering; utilities infrastructure mapping and asset management; renewable energy siting and design; and surveying services

Aerial Photography, Imaging & Photogrammetry – Geospatial data acquisition and development

Geospatial Solutions – GIS development, mapping and web services

Forestry & Natural Resources – Appraisal and inventory; forest management, management planning, and modeling; and natural resources mapping and information systems

A privately held firm under management ownership, Sewall continues to grow to meet our clients’ evolving needs. We currently have 10 offices nationwide, 150 staff, and ever broadening capabilities.

Kappa Mapping

KAPPA Mapping, Inc., headquartered in Bangor Maine, provides high-quality, photogrammetric and GIS services that help our clients solve complex problems, monitor important resources, and better manage their communities. From digital orthophotography of a highway interchange to intricate photogrammetric and contour mapping for a flood control project, KAPPA is known for excellence in all areas of aerial imagery and mapping, softcopy photogrammetry, digital orthophotography, and GIS.  We stay on the cutting edge of technology through ongoing training and by consistently taking on and meeting new challenges.

KAPPA Mapping, Inc. is a woman-owned business and is certified with Maine DOT’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program and has ASPRS Certified Photogrammetrists on staff.

Whether you’re an architect, engineer, surveyor, developer, airport planner, or part of a utility firm, municipality, or government agency, let us help you observe, record, and analyze the world around you.

We would love to explore possibilities in working with graduate student interns from both the spatial information engineering and information systems graduate programs.

Woodard & Curran

Woodard & Curran is a 600-person, integrated engineering, science, and operations company. Privately held and steadily growing, we serve public and private clients nationwide. We consistently rank among the top firms in the U.S., including Engineering News-Record’s top 100 environmental firms and top 200 design firms. Woodard & Curran was founded with a simple business concept: if we provide an enjoyable place to work with opportunity, integrity, and commitment, we will attract talented people who thrive and excel at their work.

The diversity of projects is one of the exciting aspects of working at Woodard & Curran.  As an intern, you will be involved in as many different types of projects as possible during your time with us.  If there is a particular area of expertise you would like to focus on, we do our best to find suitable projects to meet your interests.  Interns can expect to work on data development, conversion, and analysis projects using the latest technologies and a variety of different data sources.  You will also have exposure to database design and development.  Depending on the Intern’s skill set, there is also the possibility of spending time with our programmers and even getting a small development task or two to work on.