Becoming an Innovate for Maine Fellow
The Innovate for Maine Fellows program connects the best and brightest Maine college students with Maine’s most exciting, growing companies and business leaders in an effort to help grow and create jobs across the state of Maine. Emphasizing innovation and entrepreneurship, the program prepares students to collaborate with companies on innovation projects that accelerate company growth and give students a paid, meaningful, hands-on internship experience.
Benefits for Fellows
• Orientation and training with an intense introduction to Innovation Engineering
• Introduction to the Maine entrepreneurial and innovation landscape
• Networking opportunities with Maine business leaders
• Fellowship placement with support from an assigned mentor for additional guidance
• Access to the Top Gun Prep program offered by the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development
Those participating in the program attend a one-week innovation boot camp to bond with fellow students, network with business leaders, and learn what it takes to succeed in innovative and entrepreneurial companies. The boot camp brings together fellows from all majors and backgrounds to form a close-knit cohort—an important part of the support system for the duration of the internship and beyond.
Possible fellowship opportunities include working for one single company as well as working on a number of smaller projects for the multiple companies. With each new project, interns gain valuable, real-world experience in a variety of industries.
Some past participants have been hired by the companies involved in the program for part-time positions while still in school or full-time after graduation. Many students have been inspired to lay the foundation for starting their own company in the future.
Eligible students include those enrolled in undergraduate or post-graduate degree programs at any college or university in Maine as well as college students from Maine enrolled in degree programs at a college or university outside of the state. The program is only open to students who have not already done two years as fellows. The application period for the program takes place each year from January through March. The year-long program commences each May.
Fellows have the option of working a 400 hour or 200 hour internship and are paid $12.25 an hour.
Thank you to all who applied for this year’s class! The application is now closed and applicants will be notified via email in the coming weeks.
“I feel very lucky that my first job is at a start-up like Tide Creative,” says Dana Hopkins, current Innovate for Maine Fellow. “It’s letting me get experience in multiple areas including social media, customer support, blogging, event coordination and even a little project management. This opportunity never would have happened without the Innovate for Maine program, and I will always be grateful.” Dana Hopkins, Class of 2014