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Talk – Training the Next Generation of Leaders to Solve Complex Societal Problems: The Important Role of Internships

October 3, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

| Free

The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine.


  • Jessica Jansujwicz, Assistant Director of Research Maine Sea Grant, Project Coordinator, Internship Program
  • Student Interns

A new generation of leaders and problem-solvers is needed to address challenges related to sustainability, conservation, climate change, public health and other complex issues. In this talk, we will share stories and lessons learned from a pilot internship program that provides students with hands-on experiences tackling real-world problems in Maine. Interns participated in a variety of collaborative projects, such as building GIS tools to help strengthen community resilience; tackling a town’s unsustainable solid waste stream; and assessing training priorities for new fishermen and aquaculture farmers. Key components of the program include co-mentorship of students by internship partners and UMaine faculty, and additional training in leadership, collaboration and communication. Students gained new skills collaborating with diverse partners and learned the value of connecting different kinds of knowledge and know-how in solving complex problems. Emerging outcomes from this new effort highlight the value of internships in supporting the professional development of future leaders.



October 3, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, and Online
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469


Senator George J. Mitchell Center
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