Update on Signature Internship Programs

Richard Powell, Professor & Director of the Cohen Institute for Leadership & Public Service

After a brief hiatus in 2021 due to the pandemic, we are delighted to report that our signature internship programs are once again up and running. This spring semester, four of our outstanding students are living and working full time in Washington, D.C. as part of our UMaine Congressional Internship Program: Ben Follett (Sen. Angus King), Devon Lammert (Rep. Chellie Pingree), Jillian Haggerty (Rep. Jared Golden), and Tessa Solomon (Sen. Susan Collins). Founded in 1958, the program is open to juniors and seniors on a competitive basis. The program also includes readings and a monthly seminar series with high-level political leaders in Washington D.C., led by Professor Richard Powell and Peter Madigan ’81.

Our Kenneth Palmer State Legislative Internship Program has also resumed this spring, with two students (Cody Gaboury and Jackson Peck) each working two full days per week in Augusta. This program in named in honor of Professor Emeritus Ken Palmer.

Over the years, hundreds of UMaine students have been able to take advantage of the unique opportunities provided by these programs.