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Christian Hartling: Helping Maine businesses grow global presence 

From an office in downtown Portland, MaineMBA student Christian Hartling is helping entrepreneurs across the state engage in worldwide commerce.  Hartling of Burlington, Massachusetts, is interning with the Maine International Trade Center (MITC) this summer through its Future Global Leader program. Part of his work involves providing various services to member businesses, such as conducting […]

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Camille Lockwood: Global marketing intern for 3D printer maker

Camille Lockwood, a Maine Business School student from Boston, is working as a global marketing intern at Formlabs, which manufactures 3D printers, models and prototypes for a variety of industries.  Throughout the summer, Lockwood has been collecting user data, creating digital designs and promotional marketing and planning corporate events. The internship has not only provided […]

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Xander LaComb: Binding books and tending to fish tanks

At the University of Maine Machias, Xander LaComb unlocked many hidden talents, from book arts to aquaponics. Between his major program and his summer internship developing science programs for Wabanaki youth, LaComb is a shining example of how UMaine students can explore interdisciplinary interests and discover new passions.  LaComb, now a rising junior, grew up […]

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Katarina Minas: Teaching with aquaponics

For Katarina Minas, aquaponics is more than an innovative system to produce food — it is a tool for teaching. Minas has spent her time at the University of Maine figuring out how to integrate her love of marine sciences and teaching through aquaponics, culminating in a project this summer to create a virtual tour […]

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Ivan Young: Interning at the foundation that awarded him a scholarship

In 2020 when he was a student at Camden Hills Regional High School, Ivan Young of Camden, Maine received a scholarship from the Worthington Scholarship Foundation to help him pursue a college degree. Three years later, he is working for the organization that helped as a summer business analyst intern. For his full-time internship, Young, […]

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Will Kolbenson: From the greenhouse, to the lab, to the field

Will Kolbenson is spending his summer with spuds. Thanks to a statewide job creation program, the rising sophomore has taken his love for botany to a University of Maine lab to study potato pathogens, with work that takes him into the greenhouse and even into the field.  Prior to enrolling at UMaine, Kolbenson attended Academy […]

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Maggie Lincoln: Building on her associate’s degree at UMaine 

One of Maggie Lincoln’s cousins earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern Maine in three years, but she wants to obtain hers in two.  When she graduated from Brewer High School, Lincoln, an incoming first-year University of Maine student from Brewer, Maine, also earned an associate’s degree in career studies with a small […]

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Laura Curioli: Madison Fellow learning how to teach the Constitution 

As an aspiring high school teacher, Laura Curioli, a University of Maine master’s student in history, wants to educate future students about the Constitution so they can learn their rights and become effective voters and leaders.  “A lot of people underestimate high schoolers, in my opinion,” she says. “They also fail to remember that these […]

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Sophie Dean: Leading on campus and beyond

Sophie Dean may only be a rising junior studying communication sciences and disorders at the University of Maine, but she is already taking on national leadership roles in her field.  Last year, Dean served as Maine’s student state officer for the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), the only student organization for pre-professionals studying […]

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Taylor Britt and Sarah Zacahariason: JET-ting off to teach in Japan

University of Maine alumni Taylor Britt and Sarah Zachariason were selected for the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, a prestigious teaching exchange program managed by the government of Japan. Since 1987, JET has welcomed to Japan more than 35,000 Americans and more than 70,000 participants from around the world. JET participants sign a one-year […]

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