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USM wants to build a partnership with you.

by Debbie Atwood
University of Souther Maine, Center for Continuing Education 2011,

University of Southern Maine, Center for Continuing Education 2011

Maine Association of Nonprofits is partnering with the University of Southern Maine to connect our nonprofit members with USM students interested in internships. USM students offer some of the best talent in the area and are eager to learn and to help your organization grow. By hiring a paid USM intern from the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, you not only help aspiring professionals gain on-site experience, you also allow your organization the opportunity to test-drive talent and potentially find your next employee. In our experience, paid internship positions attract the most qualified, valuable candidates, which is beneficial both to you and to the student.

“USM is committed to preparing students for life, work, and citizenship,” said Alexandra Platts, USM Internship Coordinator.  “We know that you and your organization value preparing Maine’s college students too, because the strength of our community depends on the quality of our students’ educational experiences. Working together, we can offer compelling internship and career development opportunities.”

Students can assist with a variety projects, including helping organizations write press releases, managing social media and web content, constructing new manuals, planning fundraising events, and researching pertinent topics. A student’s individual interests and strengths can help determine the scope of a project. Students typically commit 8-10 hours a week at their internship site and with a 15 week semester, interns complete roughly 135 hours. An hourly wage for an intern ranges from $10 to $15.

Platts continued, “If your business needs assistance in developing a job description for an intern, I can provide that support, including advertising your internship to USM students and helping find the best fit. Whether we have been collaborating for years, or you want to start a new relationship, we want to talk with you.”

For more information on USM, email Alexandra at or call 207-228-8091.

And check out our webinar Creating an Internship Program That Works! This one hour session will help you design a clear, practical internship program that reflects academic learning goals and identifies internship-worthy work that will benefit both the intern and your organization.

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