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. 

Science Education:

Maine State Aquarium

Sophie Manning, Class of 2019

During the Summer of 2019, right before she started her career as a science teacher at Biddeford Middle School, Sophie had a UMF internship at the Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay Harbor.  

"I really look forward to any science experience that I could 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 science topics, taking care of the marine creatures behind the scenes, to job shadowing in the Department of Marine Resources labs, I have gained so much knowledge in such a short period of time." Getting her photo taken with Bill Nye The Science Guy was just icing on the cake.


Sophie and  Bill Nye at the Maine Depart. of Maine Resources labs.

Enviro Policy & Planning:

Department of Public Works

Natalie Thomsen, Class of 2020 

As a double major in Geography and Business Economics, Natalie looked forward to the opportunity to apply her classroom learning to a more "practical and real life" experience through her EPP internship. "Working with the City of Gardiner’s Department of Public Works has offered a more engaging and insightful experience" than Natalie could have ever imagined. "My internship has allowed me to explore my interests beyond my academic major in a way that will be beneficial to my future pursuits."


Natalie working at Gardiner's Department of Public Works.


Maine Medical Center

Andrew Parent, Class of 2021

UMF's close-knit community helped prepare Andrew Parent for his internship with Maine Medical Center's Patient Experience Team. "My role at the hospital involved me with numerous departments all over the hospital. Making connections with people is something UMF’s small campus taught me how to do through the ease with which you get to know staff and faculty. Andrew understands that "being in a hospital is rarely a fun time in someone’s life. As a psychology major working with patients, this experience has allowed me to develop a deeper compassion towards patients and their family members during difficult times."


Andrew Parent interning at Maine Medical Center

with the Patient Experience Team.


Green Chimneys, NY

Monicah Paquette, Class of 2019

Monicah is a recent graduate of UMF, graduating with the class of 2019. "The Recreational Therapy internship at Green Chimneys in Brewster, New York provided me with a platform for future endeavors. I went into the internship with an eagerness to put classroom theory into practice and I left with a full heart and an enlightened perspective as to the value of my degree. Each day the program staff and children taught me valuable lessons that I continue to carry with me to other opportunities. Through this organization I was able to hone my skills of working with youth through recreational and animal therapy."


Monicah Paquette with Lil' Twinky, the snake, at her internship with Green Chimneys in New York.


Copper Mountain Resort, CO

Austin French, Class of 2015

"I was fortunate enough to have my internship at Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado, where I was the Youth Programs Supervisor and one of the Staff Trainers for their Ski & Ride School, and managed two of their seasonal programs, totaling approximately 2,000 athletes" says Austin a graduate of UMF's ORBA program. This internship "was an incredible experiential learning opportunity to further develop myself as a leader, manager, and trainer and learn from some of the best and brightest leaders and mentors at a top-notch resort in the most competitive market in North America’s snow sports industry."

Austin French on the slopes at his internship at Copper Mountain Resorts in Colorado.

Business & Economics:

Healthy Communities Coalition

Katie LeBlanc, Class of 2018

"From coordinating a group of volunteers, I was able to work on my communication and management skills. To build this volunteer base I also did quite a bit of marketing which allowed me to get my feet wet in that aspect of the business world as well.  This program was also supported by grants, so I was able to learn grant writing and with the grant I wrote, we were able to receive more money to support the program. In the end, I felt more connected with the Farmington community and figured out where I may want to take my degree come graduation."

Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County, Maine, 2011

Enviro Policy & Planning:

MICA Guides 

Mel Geisler, Class of 2021

As an EPP major with a geology minor, Mel Geisler has taken a number of courses that directly apply to his internship at MICA Guides in Glacier View, Alaska. In fact, Geisler credits professor Dough Reusch as “a bit of an inspiration for me to get into the mountains and follow my dream of being a professional guide, but also to strive to learn more about the geology and glacial processes that have shaped much of Alaska. Without the knowledge I learned in his classes, not only would I not be nearly as knowledgeable on tectonic processes and glaciology, but I wouldn't even be able to look at mountains the same way as I do now.” By the end of the summer, Geisler and his fellow interns will be able “to lead 3-hour glacier treks on the nearby Matanuska Glacier, a 26-mile long valley glacier” multiple times every day.

Mel Geisler trekking through Matanuska Glacier as a part of his internship in Glacier View, Alaska

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