School of Business

USM Students Learning Beyond the Classroom - Working Partnerships in Maine and Beyond

USM Business majors-Unum Scholars Ben Polcaro and Adam BrittenThe University of Southern Maine (USM) School of Business embraces experiential learning by providing opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to apply skills learned in the classroom to real-world problems faced by businesses from the surrounding community.  These faculty-supervised activities allow students to obtain hands-on experience, while providing valuable consulting services to local businesses. 

The following list includes just some of the more than 200 area businesses and organizations that USM students and faculty have worked with in recent semesters, through internships, project work and more. The group includes the nationally known, such as Unum, LL Bean, TD Bank, Boston Bruins,  Prudential, Trader Joe’s and AARP, plus regional businesses such as AAA Northern New England, Garrand Advertising, Bath Savings Institution, Allagash Brewing, Portland Sea Dogs, Macpage LLC and Mercy Hospital.

USM continues to pursue collaborative opportunities such as these throughout the region and beyond, benefitting both students and the surrounding community.

In one such example, Fortune 500 insurance company, Unum, recently partnered with USM to launch their Unum scholars program here in Maine. USM students are employed part-time with flexible schedules to be able to continue their studies, while gaining valuable job training, as well as the inside track to full-time careers. The students are also providing valuable insights to Unum’s management and customers.

“Not only is this program a great alternative recruiting strategy — we gain a terrific talent pool — but we also provide students with meaningful work and compensation,” said Unum Director of Service Operations, Tony Bombassi. “The work they do every day will be valuable experience for them whether they work at Unum or pursue other endeavors. We are allowing the students to apply academia to the real world.”

USM's Business and Organizational Partnerships in Maine and Beyond

a3 Athletics
AAA Northern New England
AARP Foundation
Acadia Insurance
Albin, Randall and Bennett
Allagash Brewing
Arlberg Ski & Surf
Austin Associates, P.A.
Back in Motion Physical Therapy
Baker | Newman | Noyes
Bank of America
Bank of Maine
Barton Mortgage Corporation
Bath Savings Institution
Baxter Brewing
Bayside Bowling
Bear Essential Fitness, Saco, ME
Berry Dunn
Berry Talbot Royer
Blue Heron Capital
Boston Bruins
Boston Celtics
Bull Moose Music
Casco Bay Sports
Cash Star
CEI Ventures, Inc.
Chimera Securities
Chipotle Grill LAC
Close Buy Office
Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
Common Dreams
Contech Engineered Solutions
Cross Professional Associates
Crotched Mountain Golf Club
Cultivating Community/Portland Public Schools
Cummings, Lamont & McNamee, P.A.
Dawson, Smith, Purvis & Bassett PA
Disney Corporation
EcoHome Studio
Emery Waterhouse Company
Erik Hayward
Evergreen Credit Union
FairPoint Communications
Finance Industry Regulatory Authority
Fireside Inn & Suites
Garrand Advertising
General Reinsurance
Georgia State Games
Gingko Blue Nightclub
Giving Strong/REM Energy
GMP Sports Advisory
Gorham Events Board
Gorham Parks & Rec
Gregory Marshall Mayoral Candidate
Guaranteed Rate Loans
Hamburg Coffee Company
Hannaford Bros
Harris & Vickers CPA
Headgames Salon & Spa
Herodes Financial, P.A.
HOT 104.7
Hyperlite Mountain Gear
Iberdrola USA Mgt. Corp.
Joseph A. Keaney CPA, LLC, PA
Key Private Bank
Kraft Foods Inc.
Kuffs Jeans
L.L. Bean, Inc.
Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort
Lee Toyota/Nissan of Topsham
LL Bean
Local Thunder
Macpage LLC
Maine Elite Basketball Club
Maine Gold & Silver
Maine Hard Cider
Maine International Trade Center
Maine Oxy Products
Maine Red Claws
Maine Space Grant Consortium
Maine State Golf Association, Inc.
Maine Tax Professionals
Marriott Hotel Fire & Water Restaurant
Marshall & Libby, LLC
McLeod | Ascanio
ME State Lottery
Mercy Hospital VNA
Merriconeag Waldorf School
Mondelez International
Motorola Solutions
MSBDC/Massachusetts Export Center
Neshobe Golf Course
Northwestern Mutual
Norton Insurance Financial
NW Mutual Financial Network
Oakhurst Dairy
Oasis Night Club
Octagon Olympic & Action Sports
Old Orchard Beach Ballpark
P&H Contracting
Pam Dodd Agency
Papa John's Pizza
Pepsi Beverages Company
Pineland Farms Cheese
Pinnacle Vodka
Portland Country Club
Portland Ovations
Portland Pirates
Portland Sea Dogs
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
Preservation Management Inc.
Prudential Financial
RaveX Motorsports
Restaurant Supply Deliveries
Rinck Advertising
Romeo's Italian Pizza
Runyon Kersteen Ouellette
Samoset Resort Golf Course
SeaAir Scents
Seabags LLC
Sherwin Williams
Shipyard Brewing
Siano's Pizza
Sleeping Dogs Lie, LLC
Smiling Hill Farm Products
Springfield College
Stafford Advisors
Starbucks Blonde Roast Coffee
State Street Theater
Sterling Rope Company
Street to Heat Veterans Project
Sugarloaf Ski Resort
Sweetser Services
TD Bank
The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland
The Jacman Group
The Mexico Chicken Coop
Tooth Protectors
Top Flight Financial
Trader Joe's
Turtle Love Co.
TX Roadhouse
Urban Farm Fermentory
USM Campus Ventures
USM Free Press
USM Ice Arena
USM Student & University Life
USM-Costello Fitness Center
Valley Motors
Volunteers of America Northern New England
Waves Oceanfront Resort
WEX, Inc
WG Tech
Wright-Ryan Construction, Inc.
Zip Cars