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An internship is one of the best ways to build your skills, get real-world experience, and prepare for your future career. The university has a variety of internship programs including Innovate for Maine and the Black Bear Consulting Corps. Both programs aim to connect the best and brightest Maine college students with Maine’s most exciting, growing companies as a way to grow and create jobs through innovation and entrepreneurship.

Quick Fact: To date, the Innovate for Maine Fellows program has placed more than 200 students with more than 200 companies across the state!

Working in Labs

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The University of Maine is a research university that encourages both undergraduate and graduate students to get involved in real research project working in research labs. Research labs offer one of the best ways to learn in a hands-on environment with our world-class faculty and staff. For more information, contact

Quick Fact: There are more than 4,000 students employed on campus!

Student Entrepreneurship

The University of Maine works hard to help student entrepreneurs grow and expand both before and after graduation. If you are interested in starting a business or non-profit, contact UMaine’s Foster Innovation Center and learn about all of the resources available to help you succeed.

Quick Fact: In 2019, the three finalist companies on the collegiate edition of the tv show Greenlight Maine were all Foster Center business tenants!

"I had an amazing experience with Innovate for Maine. I'm so glad I spent two summers with this program — I feel like it helped me get ahead and stand out within my major." - Megan Howes