Community engagement activities can take a number of forms.  Please consider the following “definitions” as a way of organizing your own thinking and planning.  The Partnership may be able to help you determine which form will work best for you.  Please feel free to give us a call!


Shane Nicely-LukerInternships involve placement of a UMF student in a community work setting.  Similar to apprenticeships for trade and vocational schools, internships can be thought of as a system to provide on-the-job training for professional careers.

Internships may, at the discretion of faculty members and departments, carry academic credit.  Internships may also include financial compensation – they may be unpaid, paid, partially paid, or supported through awards or stipends.

Undergraduate Research

Slide31UMF has a well established undergraduate research program.  Students may undertake research projects under the supervision of a faculty member or identify and develop their own research project.  A limited number of  stipends supporting undergraduate research projects are made available through the Undergraduate Research Council.  While undergraduate projects may or may not be based in community or relate to topics of local interest, many do.


(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.UMF students volunteer for a wide range of community service projects.  Students do not receive academic credit for this work nor are they compensated financially, however, they do gain work experience, meet new friends, and enjoy the general good will that results from contributing to broadly beneficial actions within the community.


Leadership Training and Education

IMG_2301Through the Partnership, UMF is implementing a Leadership Institute designed serve a diverse range of constituencies including UMF students and members from the community.  As part of this program, in addition to course work and other activities, students may undertake community service projects which are intended to help them develop both broadly applicable life skills and more specialized managerial skills.

Service Learning

Slide51Almost all student community engagement activities could be considered “service learning,” however, UMF and the Partnership use this term to refer only to student service activities that occur as an integral part of a regular academic course.  Service learning activities are normally initiated by faculty members who often work in collaboration with a community sponsor to design activities that both serve the community and lead to specific learning outcomes for students.  Students receive academic credit for this work but there is no financial compensation.


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University of Maine at Farmington
Partnership for Civic Advancement
149 Quebec Street
Farmington, Maine  04938
Telephone:  207-778-7516 or 778-7593
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