December 2013

Partnership Celebrates 2nd Anniversary of Internship Program

_DSC8322The University of Maine at Farmington’s Partnership for Civic Advancement celebrated the second anniversary of its internship program during a dinner event held on December 3rd on the UMF campus.  Bangor Savings Bank Foundation, which awarded a three-year grant to the Partnership for its internship program in December 2011, sponsors this annual event to recognize the achievements of the Partnership’s student interns, their faculty mentors and the community organizations and businesses with which they worked during the past year.

Mr. Yellow Light Breen, executive vice president and chief strategic officer for Bangor Savings Bank, reiterated his statement from last year that the Bank’s grant was made not so much to benefit the University, as it was to benefit the regional community by making the talents and skills of students and faculty at UMF available to the community.  Breen noted the impressive growth in the internship program over the past year and told students how through the experience, knowledge and connections you can make, “an internship can be the best job opportunity you ever get – take advantage of it” and stressed how important these real world opportunities were for them on their “voyage of self-realization.”

A year ago, after operating for two semesters, the Partnership had 15 community partners, had developed 18 internship opportunities and had placed 8 student interns, noted Celeste Branham, UMF vice president for student and community services and director of the Partnership for Civic Advancement.   Now, just a year later, we are working with 48 community partners, have developed 83 internships, have placed 41 student interns through this fall semester and anticipate placing 18-20 more interns during the upcoming spring semester.  She noted that of the 9 students who completed an internship prior to graduating last May, 2 were hired by the organization with which they interned and 3 secured employment through the connections they made or as a result of their internship experience.  Of the 20 students who completed their internship this past spring and summer, 6 were asked to extend their internships and 2 were hired part-time after their internships ended.  “This is the kind of success we like to see,” stated Branham.

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August 2013

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Celeste Branham, UMF Vice President for Student and Community Services, Alison Hagerstrom, Executive Director, Greater Franklin Development Corporation, and Andrew Sherrill, summer 2013 Partnership Intern

Sherrill Completes Internship with Greater Franklin Development Corporation

Andrew Sherrill, a senior ORBA major at UMF, successfully completed his summer internship with the Greater Franklin Development Corporation on August 13, 2013.

In his role as the Economic and Tourism Development Coordinator, Andrew was involved with the organization’s website and social media channels, marketing and advertising, as well as being engaged in their efforts in the fields of tourism and economic development.

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American Red Cross selects UMF Senior, Bianca Bourgault for Fall Internship

Bianca Bourgault, a senior at UMF from Jay, Maine, was recently selected as the Grant Writer and Research Intern with the American Red Cross of Maine during the upcoming Fall semester.

As an English major with a focus on literary criticism, Bianca’s academic background provides a strong foundation for this very competitive internship opportunity.  Bianca feels this internship will be a great learning experience for her and help prepare her for a future career – perhaps as a grants writer.  Bianca is also looking forward to contributing to an agency such as the American Red Cross that help families in our region.

See also:  UMF student to  intern with American Red Cross (Daily Bulldog 08/12/2013)

To learn more about the American Red Cross in Maine, visit their website at:

May – July 2013

Meet the Partnership’s Summer Interns:

Town of Kingfield Extends Keegen Ballard’s Summer Internship

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Keegen Ballard at Kingfield Town Office Building

From Manchester, Maine, Keegen is a Junior at UMF and is majoring in Environmental Policy and Planning, with a concentration in Economics.  With his interest in town and regional development and intentions to prepare for a career in city management, he was a perfect match for the Community Business Assessment  Project Intern with the Town of Kingfield this summer.

During the early part of the summer, Keegen undertook a Community Business Assessment project for the town which involved conducting an inventory of all businesses and GIS mapping of all business locations on a tax map.  At the request of the Town, Keegen’s internship was extended to involve him in the public participation portion required for the preparation of two Community Development Block Grant applications to the Maine Department of Economic and Community.

One of the grants would provide funding to upgrade the Town’s sewer collection and treatment system, while the other would provide funding for new sidewalks and curbing, crosswalks, lighting and tree planing in conjunction with the Maine Department of Transportation’s Route 27 reconstruction project.  To learn more about the Town of Kingfield, visit their website at:

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Conrad Ward receiving water testing training during his internship with the Lakes Environmental Association.

Conrad Ward interning as Field Services Assistant for Lakes Environmental Association

As the Field Services Assistant Intern for Lakes Environmental Association in Bridgton, Maine, this summer, Conrad will have the opportunity to be involved in several aspects of LEA’s work, including assisting with property consultations to help land owners employ best management practices for erosion control and lake protection, water testing, trails maintenance, and GIS projects.  A resident of Lovell, Maine, Conrad is a rising junior at UMF pursuing a major in Geography and minor in Geology.  Several aspects of this internship relate heavily to Conrad’s academic courses such as Terrain Analysis, Geospatial Information and Environmental Issues.  Although he is not certain about his career goals after UMF as yet, Conrad knows this will be an exciting and interesting internship that could very easily relate to a future career path for him.

More information about the Lakes Environmental Association may be found on their website at:

Ski Depot in Jay selects Hillary Tozier for Internship

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Hillary Tozier working with Ron Jacques, Co-Owner of the Ski Depot

A rising senior at UMF studying art, management and marketing, Hillary is interested in a career doing design work and website maintenance as well as social media promotions for either an art gallery or a locally owned retail business.  During her internship, Hillary is assisting the Ski Depot in updating and enhancing their website and social media presence.  For the past two years, Hillary has worked as the Special Projects Assistant at the Emery Community Arts Center and has also been filling this role at the UMF Art Gallery this summer.  She believes this internship will help improve her ability to represent herself as an artist, both academically and professionally.

For more information about the Ski Depot, visit their website at:

Lacey Tatosky interning with Western Maine Community Action Tatosky-WMCA Summer 2013 - Copy - Copy

Lacey is a rising senior from Sanford Maine.  A Psychology major, Lacey is passionate about helping initiate change in the lives of those who may need a little extra guidance or assistance.  Her internship with Western Maine Community Action will give her an opportunity to be involved in a project that will help elder individuals create positive changes in their lives.

During her internship this summer, Lacey will be developing a resource directory that will provide information older adults need to maintain their independence.  The directory will also be used as a reference guide for older adult volunteers who work with their peers in the community to help ensure the seniors they are assisting have the information and resources they need to remain independent.  Lacey plans on applying for the Counseling Master’s program at US after graduating from UMF.

For more information on Western Maine Community Action and their programs in our community, go to their website at:

Ameriprise Financial in Topsham selects Joshua Smith for Marketing and Events Coordinator Internship

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Joshua Smith, Summer 2013 Partnership Intern with Jean St. Pierre, Ameriprise Financial, Topsham, Maine

From Sidney, Maine, Joshua is a rising Junior at UMF majoring in Business.  Having already developed investment portfolios for both himself and his mother, Joshua’s career interests lie in either running his own financial firm or being a financial consultant for a large company.  In addition to providing an opportunity to understand how what he is learning in his classes is used in the real world and gaining some hands-on experience in working in this field, Joshua believes this experience with Ameriprise Financial this summer will strengthen his ability to get in to graduate school.

For additional information on this financial planning practice, go to their website at:

Hayley Smith-Rose Summer 2013

Hayley Smith-Rose working in the 93.5 True Oldies studio.

Hayley Smith-Rose selected as the Marketing and Production Intern with Mountain Wireless

From Nashua, New Hampshire, Hayley is a rising senior majoring in Music Administration at UMF.  Planning on making her career in radio, working with music and business, Hayley’s internship at Mountain Wireless will allow her to  be involved in both the business and creative functions of this media and marketing business.  Mountain Wireless is a local long-term marketing partner and operator of three (3) local radio stations (Mix 107.9FM, True Oldies 93.5 FM and Classic Country 1160 AM).  For the past three years, Hayley has worked to promote and sell tickets for the UMF community orchestra and chorus concerts.  She is president of the “Bust-A-Move Beavers,” who have done volunteer performances for numerous groups, including a fundraiser for the Sudanese Lunch Program last fall.  Hayley also works on campus as a Community Assistant in Scott Hall.

Gabriel Perkins serving as Archival Intern for Rangeley Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum

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Don Palmer (left), Executive Director, Rangeley Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum with Gabriel Perkins, Archival Intern – Summer 2013

A rising Senior from Bethel, Maine, Gabriel is a non-traditional student majoring in Environmental Policy and Planning.  Gabriel will be working with technology consultants and the Museum staff to develop a digital video collection for archival, public, and research uses by extending and deepening the substantive indexing and cross-referencing of a prototype digital video collection of oral histories and rare film footage of the region.  Gabriel formerly worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the Phoenix area and on a cultural and heritage outreach project at the Northern Forest Center before returning to school.  In addition to attending college, Gabriel is involved in a local land trust, has volunteered with the Town of Bethel’s Planning Board and is a member of their Airport Authority.

For more information about the museum, go to their website at:

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Nicole Byrne selected for summer internship with Western Maine Storytelling Festival

The Western Maine Storytelling Festival recently selected UMF junior, Nicole Byrne, through UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement, to serve as a summer intern for their 2013 Festival.  Nicole will assist with the production of their annual festival, which will be held in Farmington from July 19th through the 21st.  A creative writing major originally from New Jersey, Nicole is president of the UMF Poetry Slam and has served as president of the Honors Club and secretory for the Writers’ Guild on campus.

Additional details about the Festival can be found at:

Western Maine Storytelling Festival welcomes UMF intern (Daily Bulldog 06/3/2013)

Andrew Sherrill-GFDC Summer 2013Andrew Sherrill interning with the Greater Franklin Development Corporation

Andrew Patrick Sherrill, a senior at UMF, has been chosen to fill the Economic and Tourism Development Coordinator internship position with the Greater Franklin Development Corporation (GFDC) this summer.  Andrew will be involved with the organizations website and social media channels, marketing and advertising, as well as being engaged in their efforts in the fields of tourism and economic development.

More information on the Greater Franklin Development Corporation can be found at:

Susan Hunter to assist High Peaks Alliance’s capacity building efforts through Partnership internship

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(left to right) Jack McVane, 2013 UMF graduate interning at HVA, Susan Hunter, UMF Partnership Intern for HPA, Chris Beach, HPA Board Member, and Ben Godsoe, HPA volunteer.

Susan Hunter, a rising senior at UMF from Mount Vernon, Maine, will be working with board members and volunteers of High Peaks Alliance this summer on two projects critical to the organization during the course of this summer:  (1) building and enhancing HPA’s capacity to reach its existing membership and attract new membership and interest in HPA; and (2) assisting in the preparation of a Community-based Conservation Planning Stakeholder Assessment in the High Peaks Region.

Additional details about High Peaks Alliance can be found at:

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The University of Maine at Farmington recently received a $5,000.00 grant from the Franklin County Fund and the Western Mountains Fund at the Maine Community Foundation.  The grant demonstrates support for the Partnership for Civic Advancement as it works to strengthen and expand university-community relations through the creation of experiential learning opportunities for students that serve regional needs.

For more information on the Maine Community Foundation’s grant award to support UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement, please read the full media release.

To learn about the Maine Community Foundation and its regional and county funds, please visit their website at:

PCA Awards 3 - May 2013

(Left to Right) Nancy Teel, Volunteer Center Coordinator, UWTVA, Brittney White, Volunteer Center Intern, Sarah Martin, Coordinator of UWTVA’s TerraCycle program, Jediah Scott, TerraCycle Program Intern, Stacy DeMerchant, Bangor Savings Bank, Lisa Laflin, Executive Director of the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area, and UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement representatives Celeste Branham and Lorraine Pratt.

Graduating Seniors Jediah Scott and Brittney White Recognized for Internship Work

Before graduating from UMF on May 18th, Brittney White and Jediah Scott, both interns through UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement and recipients of the UMF-Bangor Savings Bank Intern Award, were recognized on May 8th for their internship work with the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area during this past semester.   Scott worked with the United Way’s new TerraCycle Program, which expands recycling and upcycling opportunities for local businesses and organizations while raising funding for the United Way.  Working with the United Way’s Volunteer Center, White was involved with a variety of non-profit organizations throughout the region as well as with individual clients seeking assistance.

Ms. Stacy DeMerchant, Branch Manager for Bangor Savings Bank’s Farmington and Mount Blue locations, and Celeste Branham, Vice President for Student and Community Services at UMF, presented a gift to each of these student interns in recognition of the contributions they made through their internship work with the United Way.

UMF Students Recognized for Work in Community (Daily Bulldog 05/14/2013)

February 2013

MCC Feb 3 Play cast“Beauty is the Beast” dramatic production by Partnership Intern

As part of her charge as an intern with the Mercer Community Club to expand and diversify the offerings of their after-school program this year, Veronica C. Penniman developed and conducted a drama workshop for the children attending the program.  The workshop culminated in a public performance of “Beauty is the Beast” by the children on February 3rd.

In thanking the Partnership for Civic Advancement and Bangor Savings Bank Foundation for making this internship available for her, Ms. Penniman noted that having had the opportunity to provide this special experience for the area kids, has totally changed her life.


January 2013

Danielle Newman, UMF Sophomore, selected for highly competitive internship with the American Red Cross.UMF Student interns with American Red Cross (Daily Bulldog 01/24/2013)

Red Cross names new intern (Sun Journal 01/24/2013)