FocusMaine, an initiative working to grow jobs and develop business in Maine, is supporting an intern program this summer as a key part of its strategy to foster, grow and attract knowledge professionals and entrepreneurs to boost economic growth in Maine. Educate Maine has joined forces with FocusMaine to bring the intern program to more students in Maine.
After a successful pilot program in 2017 with more than 250 interns and over 20 businesses participating, the FocusMaine Intern Experience is hoping to expand the number of interns and organizations participating its 2018 program.
Through a variety of professional development, social and networking events this summer in the Portland and Bangor regions, (many professional development events can be attended virtually), the program aims to help interns from a diverse array of employers feel more connected to each other, our state, and our communities, demonstrating that Maine has the kind of economic vibrancy and career opportunities young professionals want.
The hope is that participating interns will be more likely to say “YES!” when Maine employers offer them jobs, so more great talent stays in Maine.
If your organization is offering one or more paid internships this summer and is interested in participating in the 2018 FocusMaine Intern Experience, please contact FocusMaineInterns@gmail.com. More information for employers and our guidelines can be found here. There is no cost to participate, and your interns will have a broader and more meaningful internship experience.