Internships & Apprenticeships
"An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths, and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent."
- National Association of Colleges and Employers
While not all academic programs at UMF require their majors to enroll in an internship, UMF students recognize the educational and professional benefits of participating in one or more internships over the course of the college career. Some use it as an opportunity to gain skills and connections in their chosen field, others to explore potential career path. Some use it to complete their college credits, others do it for the experience and connections internships provide. Whatever field you are interested in, whatever your goals, UMF can help you find an internship that's right for you.
As a first-year science teacher at Biddeford Middle School, I really look forward to any science experience that I can gain to share with my students and my summer internship at the Maine State Aquarium did not disappoint. From giving day-to-day presentations on various topics, taking care of the marine creatures behind the scenes, to shadowing in the Department of Marine Resources labs, I have gained so much knowledge.
Sophie & Bill Nye at the Department of Maine Resources labs.
Environmental & Urban Planning
I like to emphasize how learning in the classroom has prepared me for this experience but this internship has also proven to be more practical and real life.Working with the City of Gardiner’s Department of Public Works has offered a more engaging and insightful experience that has allowed me to explore my interests beyond my academic major in a way that remains beneficial to my future pursuits.
Natalie Thompson (Class of 2020) working with the City of Gardiner's Department of Public Works.
My role at the hospital involved me with numerous departments all over the hospital. Making connections with people is something UMF’s small campus — the ease with which you get to know staff and faculty — taught me how to do. Being in a hospital is rarely a fun time in someone’s life. As a psychology major and working with patients, this experience has allowed me to develop a deeper compassion towards patients and their family members during difficult times.
Andrew Parent (Class of 2021) interning at Maine Medical Center with the Patient Experience Team.