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

Students in Professor Karen Wilson's Wetlands Ecology class partnered with Longfellow Elementary School 5th grade teacher, Richard Johnson, to teach local children about environmental science.
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.
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
June 6, 2016 to June 17, 2016
9:00 AM
August 16, 2016
8:00 AM
Assumption College in Worcester, MA

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!

Monthly Student Spotlight

“I was able to take objectives and information learned in the classroom and apply it in a working environment. By working with a professional in the field, I was able to apply and learn more skills. My technical and environmental writing has improved as well as my data collection methods.” –Gretchen Anderson, Intern at South Portland Water Protection Resource Department, fall 2015

Hiring AmeriCorps VISTA positions!

Community Engagement and Career Development is hiring two AmeriCorps VISTA coordinators for the 2016-2017 academic year!

The 4-H STEM Ambassadors Coordinator VISTA will work in the office of Community Engagement and Career Development to cultivate partnerships between USM and local K-12 schools to support K-12 student interest and learning in STEM areas.  View the full job description of the 4-H STEM Ambassador Coordinator position here

The STEM Partnerships Coordinator VISTA will work in the office of Community Engagement and Career Development to support STEM–focused service-learning partnerships between USM and local K-12 schools and to strengthen the sustainability of these partnerships and projects. View the full job description here

Both positions are a part of Maine Campus Compact’s team of 10 VISTA’s working to mobilize college students to increase the aspirations of Maine’s K-12 Youth.