Sixty-three students in the 2019 Maine Government Summer Internship Program

In this year’s Maine Government Summer Internship Program, 63 students have been placed in full-time, paid summer internships. Of them, 18 are interning in municipal or county governments, and 45 are interning at state agencies. 

Students in the program attend undergraduate or graduate programs and are either Maine residents or are enrolled in a college or university in Maine. 

The program recently held an education session in Augusta that included presentations on the current status of Maine’s labor force, informational sessions regarding Maine municipal government, meetings at the State House with various government officials, including the State Treasurer and Secretary of State, and a networking session. 

Established in 1967, the Maine Government Summer Internship Program has offered a unique opportunity for talented college students to work in Maine government, providing valuable financial support to students while they gain professional and practical skills in their fields of study. The 103rd Maine Legislature founded the program to attract college students with ambition and talent for internships within Maine government. The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine administers the internship program. Over the past 50 years, nearly 1,800 students have held internships through this program.

For more information, contact Peggy McKee, internship director, at margaret.mckee@maine.edu, or visit the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center’s website.

A list of 2019 interns follows:

Student Current College Hometown State or Municipal Host Agency Internship Title
Iris Alexander St. Francis Xavier University Augusta, ME Maine State Library Maine200 Outreach Assistant
Julianne Andreades University of Maine at Farmington South Portland, ME Department of Professional and Financial Regulation Actuarial Intern
Jason Barnes University of Maine Augusta, ME Department of Transportation Bridge Inspection Program Assistant
Matthew Bonner University of Maine Haverhill, MA Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Stream Barrier Survey Technician
Karlie Brillant University of Maine Topsham, ME Department of Transportation Resource Analyst
Simon Burch University of Southern Maine Buckfield, ME Department of Environmental Protection Vehicle Emissions Program Assistant
Allison Cannon Stonehill College Saco, ME City of Saco Holistic Municipal Experience
Michaela Carney University of Maine at Farmington Richmond, ME City of Hallowell City Archivist and Special Projects Coordinator
Erika Chadbourne University of Southern Maine Harmony, ME Department of Labor Rehabilitation Services Intern
George Chaison-Lapine Bates College Portland, ME City of Saco Holistic Municipal Experience
Elizabeth Colannino Wesleyan University Old Town, ME Town of Lincoln Tourism Development Assistant
Noah Colby-George University of Kansas Yarmouth, ME Department of Transportation Audit Staff Assistant for Analytical Reviews and Documentation Retention
Helen Cunningham Kenyon College Portland, ME Department of Defense, Veterans, and Emergency Management GIS Infrastructure Analyst
Victor Dankens Bowdoin College Belmont, MA Department of Environmental Protection Climate Services Assistant
Emily Dionne Wheaton College Sidney, ME  Town of Fayette Municipal Manager Assistant
Emily Duff Rockhurst University Gorham, ME Town of Bridgton GIS/Roads Field Assistant
Noah Eckstein Bowdoin College Warren, VT City of Bath Comprehensive Plan Assistant
Tyme Finnerty University of Vermont Auburn, ME Department of Environmental Protection Solid Waste Engineering Unit Assistant
Michael Flaherty University of Maine School of Law Portland, ME Office of the Public Advocate Legal Assistant
Joshua Furgeson University of New Hampshire Topsham, ME Department of Defense, Veterans, and Emergency Management Energy and Engineering Manager Assistant
William Furgeson University of Maine Topsham, ME Department of Transportation Survey Field & Office Assistant
Lauren Grey University of Maine Cape Elizabeth, ME Department of Transportation Maintenance & operations field assistant
Patrick Groening University of Maine Belfast, ME Town of Union Manager Intern
Lars Gundersen Bates College Freeport, ME Department of Environmental Protection Emissions Inventory & Outreach Specialist
Katherine Gunther Roger Williams University Farmington, ME Department of Education School Finance Media Content Creator
Simon Handelman The George Washington University Freeport, ME Department of Education Commissioner’s Office Intern
Colleen Hendricks University of Maine at Machias Wiscasset, ME County of Lincoln GIS Planning Intern
Alison Hooper University of Maine at Farmington Bowdoinham, ME Town of Bowdoinham Town Manager’s Office Intern
Taylor Houdlette University of Maine Dresden, ME Town of Chelsea Planning and Economic Development Assistant
Hannah Kutschinski University of Maine at Augusta Damariscotta, ME Town of China Town Administration and Planning Assistant
Ariel Lam Bates College Oradell, NJ Department of Education School Finance Resource Assistant
Owen MacDonald Northwestern University Hallowell, ME Department of Labor Public Sector Establishment Analyst
Kaitlyn MacNeil University of Maine Orono, ME Department of Environmental Protection Air Licensing & Outreach Specialist
Laurel Margerum Middlebury College Brunswick, ME Town of Brunswick Town Manager’s Office Intern
Douglas Mayo University of Maine Bridgton, ME Town of Gray Municipal Multi-Departmental Internship
Sarah Merriam Saint Michael’s College Cape Elizabeth, ME Town of Kennebunkport Administrative Intern
Rose Miller University of Maine School of Law Westbrook, ME Workers Compensation Board Legal Assistant
Jacob Nash Colby College Fairfax, VA State Treasurer’s Office State Treasury Services Intern
Yanina Nickless University of Southern Maine Old Orchard Beach, ME Town of Kennebunkport Assistant to City Clerk
Isabelle Oechslie University of Southern Maine Biddeford, ME City of Biddeford City Manager’s Intern
Hayden Ouellette University of Maine Augusta, ME Department of Defense, Veterans, and Emergency Management Energy and Engineering Manager Assistant
Vanessa Paolella Bates College Dingmans Ferry, PA Department of Environmental Protection Hydrogeology Assistant
Laura Paye University of Maine West Springfield, MA Department of Environmental Protection Air Monitoring Special Projects Assistant
Hannah Peasley University of Maine Brooksville, ME Department of Environmental Protection Assistant Project Manager
Donald Peterson The George Washington University Auburn, ME Maine State Housing Authority Marketing Assistant and Event Planner
Adam Poulin Husson University Turner, ME Department of Professional and Financial Regulation Assistant to the Principal Examiner
Devon Rappaport University of Maine Kensington, MD Department of Transportation Maintenance & operations field assistant
Claire Reid University of Notre Dame Harpswell, ME Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Toxicology & Outreach Assistant
Adam Rost Maine Maritime Academy Cumberland, ME Department of Defense, Veterans, and Emergency Management State Capability Assessment Intern
Ryan Roy University of Maine Manchester, ME Department of Transportation ITS assistant
Katherine Sawyer University of Maine School of Law Falmouth, ME Department of Education K-12 School Enrollment Intern
Marissa Smith The University of Maine Farmingdale, ME Department of Administrative and Financial Services Social Media and Graphic Design Assistant
Karen Stemm Husson University Gorham, ME Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Laboratory Intern
Dani Sweet Goucher College Augusta, ME Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future Research Assistant
Natalie Thomsen University of Maine Farmington Lisbon, ME City of Gardiner GIS Intern
Griffin Tibbitts McGill University Bath, ME Department of Education Data Analyst and Instruction Assistant
Anne Trapp Bates College Topsham, ME Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Stream Barrier Survey Technician
Tyler Waaler Wheaton College Yarmouth, ME Maine State Housing Authority Research Assistant
Thomas Watson University of Maine Farmington Presque Isle, ME Department of Transportation Plan Archive Assistant
Emmeline Willey University of Maine Monmouth, ME Department of Education Commissioner’s Office Intern
Mira Wyman University of Rhode Island Falmouth, ME Department of Labor Research Assistant
Maxim Zakian University of Maine Biddeford, ME City of Biddeford City Manager’s Intern