***USM is now using a new and improved jobs and internships posting board called USMCareerConnections!  For more information, click here***


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

Around 150 students gathered in Portland to protest campus racism in solidarity with students at the University of Missouri
Our office will have a Gorham presence going forward! See inside for more information on times and dates.
About 40 students are now part of the class working on problems such as energy audits and how best to heat the eight campus Windham school which, as of now, has no centralized heating system.
December 2, 2015
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
151 Jetport Blvd. Portland, Maine 04102
December 3, 2015
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
151 Jetport Blvd. Portland, Maine 04102

USM MEIF Funded Internship Program

This great new program matches USM students with area employers and gives you a chance to get real work experience and create new networking connections all while enhancing your resume.  Application is now closed, but click below to navigate to the information page.

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