The University of Maine Congressional Internship Program, founded in 1958 by Dr. Edward Dow, is the oldest Washington D.C. internship program in the nation. Interns are selected through a highly competitive application process to live in D.C. and work full time in Congress each spring semester. 

In 2013, the program was renamed in honor of Peter Madigan ’81. Mr. Madigan continues to play a central role in the program by arranging monthly seminars in which the interns meet with high-level officials to discuss the political process in Washington.