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Getting Involved

But why is it important to get involved?

There are many ways for you as a second-year student to broaden your academic experience, become more engaged at UMaine, and build your resume. Through a variety of organizations, programs,workshops and institutional resources there is truly something for everyone. Take some time to check out the list of opportunities available at UMaine to find what’s right for you!

As the SYE program encourages you to fulfill your academic potential, we also recommend that you pursue your interests and expand your social network through our institutional partners such as:

The Career Center

Get assistance in identifying a major, figuring out what major/minor combination will get you into the career you desire. The Career Center also provides you information on part-time jobs, internships, and offers values assessments to narrow down your interests to a possible major and career field. Explore your career, find a mentor, and discover your passions.

The Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism

The Bodwell Center offers resources on volunteerism, service-learning projects and opportunities for students and student organizations to develop leadership skills and get involved in service in the Bangor area. Opportunities exist to participate in short-term projects, volunteer long-term or participate in service trips.  If you are struggling to find ways to get work experience in your intended field, you may be able to find some great options through the service opportunities provided through Bodwell.  Additionally, if you have a special interest or skill that might be useful to organizations, Bodwell staff might be able to connect you with a service organization in need of your skills!

The Study Abroad Office

The Study Abroad Office offers a variety of study abroad opportunities for students in over 20 countries. Get planning assistance, orientation sessions and information related to semester exchanges, dual degree programs, and summer programs.  They also have a lot of information about scholarships and funding- there are ways to pay for a study abroad experience without it costing more than a regular semester here at UMaine!

Student Organizations and Leader Development

We have over 180 student organizations at UMaine, covering a wide range of interest areas. And if you can’t find one that you like, you can work through the Vice President for Student Organizations to establish a new organization!  While you may think that joining a club is just fun and miscellaneous, being part of an organization can actually build your resume.  If you help your organization with a project, fundraiser, program or service to the community, you are gaining valuable skills and experience!


Contact Information

Second Year Experience
133 York Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207-581-6770 | Fax: 207-581-4255E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System