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MEIF Supported Internships


The Maine Economic Improvement Fund (MEIF) represents Maine’s ongoing commitment between the state and the University of Maine System to advance research and development, commercialization, workforce development, and economic development.

To support the workforce needs of Maine, MEIF @ USM sponsors research-based Career Exploration internships in industries and businesses in an MEIF-targeted sector, across multiple sectors, or sector support ecosystems, paying the wages of the interns through the MEIF fund. The “support ecosystems” refer to the key players external to USM that are involved in, rely on, or support a target area. Targeted sectors include: 

  • Advanced Technologies for Forestry and Agriculture
  • Aquaculture and Marine Technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Composite Materials Technology
  • Environmental Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Precision Manufacturing Technology

The MEIF-Supported Internship Programs are intentionally-designed learning experiences that integrate knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in professional settings with host site community partners.

Becoming a host site for an MEIF-supported student intern offers the host site community partner the opportunity to connect with, guide, and evaluate talent that may contribute to your business.

For more information, please contact Lindsey Freeman at or at (207) 228-8268. 

Employer Application | Career Exploration Internship Guidelines for Host Site Community Partners