Community Engagement and Career Development at USM gives students the opportunity to gain experience in the field, explore career directions, develop global citizenship skills, and give back to the community.  Our office is a resource to multiple audiences:

Students:  We have strong community relationships throughout Southern Maine and on campus. We can connect you to a wide variety of experiential learning opportunities including service-learning experiences, volunteer and internship opportunities. We can also help with your transition into the work force by providing you with career guidance, helping you prepare your resume and cover letter, and many other services.

Community Partners:  Our commitment is to mobilize USM students, faculty, and staff to address community-identified needs in partnerships marked by respect, reciprocity, and mutual benefit. We can connect you with our faculty about service-learning experiences, as well as help you find student interns, employees, or volunteers.

Faculty and Staff:  We are here to help develop community connections for you and your students.  You can use us as a resource for assisting in service-learning experiences, finding internship site placements, and preparing students for entering the workforce.


What is Community Engagement?

Community Engagement at USM is a pedagogical approach that integrates academic learning with meaningful experience or work in the community.  It is an experiential focus on learning that must be embedded in the curriculum.  Students in community engagement bring theories, knowledge, and practices developed through academic reading, writing, and analysis to specific topics-related study and work in community sites.  Community Engagement advances USM’s mission to foster in students “a spirit of critical inquiry and civic participation."  We believe community engagement is a critical element of USM’s commitment to the Maine community.


News & Events

179 students, faculty and staff participated in the 7th Annual Husky Day of Service this spring!
On April 6th, the Community Engagement and Career Development office at USM hosted the annual College Experience Day on the Portland campus.
Data-driven and evidence-based practices present new opportunities for public and social sector leaders to increase impact while reducing inefficiency. But in adopting such approaches, leaders must avoid the temptation to act in a top-down manner. Instead, they should design and implement programs in ways that engage community members directly in the work of social change.
May 26, 2016
9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Glickman Family Library, 7th Floor, 314 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME
May 26, 2016
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Glickman Family Library, 7th Floor, 314 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME

USM Canis Major (MEIF Funded) Internship Program - Application Now Open!

This program matches USM students with area employers and gives them a chance to gain real work experience, make money, and create new networking connections.  Application is now open until June 22nd - apply today!

Social Justice Uncensored

Save the Date: April 22, 2016

Keene State College

Inspired by the courageous campaigns of student activists across the country, Social Justice Uncensored is a one day summit at Keene State College in New Hampshire where you can learn more about yourself, engage in discussion with others on a variety of issues including ally-ship, identity, racism, power & privilege, and more, and gain resources and tools to help you advocate for and affect change. 

Student Spotlight: Andrew Sutcliffe


"Interning at Logan Place was a very valuable experience. I gained great insight into how people deal and cope with the many effects of homelessness. I also got the opportunity to witness the powerful hold substance abuse can have on a life. I recommend interning here to anyone looking to gain a better understanding of the chronically homeless." -Andrew Sutcliffe, Intern at Logan Place in Portland, ME, Summer 2015

Voting and Attending Caucuses in Maine

 Become active in this year's election! Learn about Maine's upcoming caucuses and how to register to vote. 

Learn how to become involved here!