If you are a UMF student who is interested in getting involved in the community – and having an opportunity to expand and enrich your learning experience in the process – you have come to the right place!

Interns combinedStudent work in the community can take many forms, including:

  • Internships
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Volunteerism
  • Leadership Education and Training, and
  • Service Learning

(For an explanation of these different approaches, see “Definitions.”)

Why get involved?

Holland Corson-Library Video 001Why do UMF students get involved in community-based activities?  Some simply want to learn more about the local community and/or contribute to the well-being of the community and its citizens.  Some hope to apply the theoretical knowledge they have gained in the classrooms in solving real-world problems, while others are looking for ways to experiment with different kinds of work to see what career path they might want to pursue after graduation, building a record of employment while still in school.

Whatever your reason, working in community settings is likely to introduce you to a whole new group of acquaintances, valuable now and potentially in the future.

“Through my internship and time spent at Titcomb Mountain, I feel like I have a place and am part of the mountain’s surrounding community.  Even though I am not from this area, . . . my internship gave me the opportunity to develop and build strong professional and casual relationships that will be beneficial and long lasting.”
Seth Noonkester, Intern with Titcomb Mountain, Summer 2014 to Spring 2015.

Academic Credit

Cole Smith-JLLMany majors at UMF require students to undertake an internship, for which the students receive academic credit, just as they do for a class.  Even if an internship is not required by our major, we encourage you to consider requesting academic credit for your community work.  This helps ensure that your faculty mentor is involved to support your community work and that your community work experiences are reflected on your academic transcript.  Academic credit for community-based projects requires faculty approval, so you should get a faculty member involved at the beginning of the process!  If you have questions about academic credits for your community work or need help connecting with an appropriate faculty member, the Partnership will assist you.

Note:  Students are required to pay UMF for credits received through community service at the normal per credit hour rate.

Financial Compensation

Financial compensation is sometimes included to help support student engagement in community-based work.  Compensation may be provided directly by the community sponsor or indirectly through UMF.

UMF’s Partnership offers several financial assistance options (please visit our Scholarships and Stipends page for more information) and can help you explore other sources of financial compensation that may be available to you.  Students are also encouraged to consult with the UMF Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility for scholarships, stipends, and work-study programs as these may support your community-based work activities.

How to get started?

JoshFletcher_WestKennebunk (2)You can start by checking the Opportunity Board on this website.

If you have a particular interest or a specific goal for a community-based experience, the Partnership can help you to identify and contact potential community sponsors.

Another way to discover community-based work opportunities is through UMF’s Career Services Office in Franklin Hall, which maintains a calendar of job and career fairs at UMF and at other locations.  Also, many UMF student organizations support community service activities.  Check out the student organization directory to see if one is right for you.

UMF’s Career Services Office and staff in the Partnership office can  assist you in preparing resumes and job applications and getting ready for an interview.  Once an opportunity is secured, the Partnership can provide you with the training and support you need to be successful in your new role!

 

Contact Us:

University of Maine at Farmington
Partnership for Civic Advancement
149 Quebec Street
Farmington, Maine  04938
 
Telephone:  207-778-7516 or 778-7593
Facsimile:  207-778-7840
TDD:  207-778-7000
 
Email:  pca@maine.edu
 
 

This website is maintained by the Partnership.

It is meant to serve students, faculty, staff, and community sponsors.

Suggestions for improving this site are always welcome.