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The Jim Dowe Internship Fund

Jim Dowe

In memory of former Maine Public President and CEO Jim Dowe and with the support of the Libra Foundation, Bangor Savings Bank and Bath Savings Institution and private individual support from friends of Jim, Maine Public started the Jim Dowe Internship Fund at Maine Public.

Jim's career spanned a number of industries and interests, most notably CEO at Bath Savings Institution, President, CEO and Trustee of Bangor Savings Bank, CEO of Maine Public, and interim President of the Good Shepherd Food-Bank. A common theme in all of his endeavors was his passion for the people of Maine and making a difference for local businesses and local communities.

One area of focus was inspiring and developing the next generation of journalists and broadcasters and fostering their commitment to public service. In that spirit, Maine Public is very pleased to identify and host Jim Dowe Public Media Interns funded by the Jim Dowe Internship Fund each year.

Jim Dowe Public Media Internship

Maine Public is pleased to offer a paid summer internship for college or technical school students interested in careers in the fields of journalism and public media. The student selected as our 2023 Dowe Intern will have the opportunity to learn from and be mentored by nationally recognized journalists and producers.

The deadline to apply for the 2023 Jim Dowe Public Media Internship has passed. Students who are interested in future internship opportunities are encouraged to check this page in December 2023 to apply for summer 2024 opportunities.

Our 2022 Interns

Emi Verhar attended Hampden Academy, University of Southern Maine, and is now attending Marymount Manhattan College studying Video Production.

Isabelle Lockhart is a student at Bowdoin College studying English, Biology and French. She writes for Bowdoin’s newspaper, The Orient.

Isabelle Lockhart (r.) and Emi Verhar (l.) in the Maine Public television studios in Lewiston during their 2022 summer intership.
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Isabelle Lockhart (r.) and Emi Verhar (l.) in the Maine Public television studios in Lewiston during their 2022 summer intership.

Watch Emi & Izzy's capstone project:

A Franco-American Revival

Our 2021 Intern

Grace Laverriere graduated from Biddeford High School in 2019. She is a rising junior at Suffolk University in Boston studying broadcast journalism with an English minor. She became interested in journalism after joining her high school's newspaper staff, and later deciding she wanted to pursue journalism as a career.

Grace Laverriere 2021 Jim Dowe Public Media Intern
Grace Laverriere the 2021 Jim Dowe Public Media Intern

An example of Grace's work at Maine Public:

In fact, the report suggests that rental affordability in York County changed more rapidly than in the rest of the state. Using data from the Maine Housing Authority, it shows that in 2020, the median cost for a two-bedroom rental was $1,704, compared to a statewide median price of about $1,000.

Our 2019 Interns

Julia Pike (l.) and Eliana Miller (r.) the 2019 Dowe Public Media Interns out on a video shoot for Maine Public.

Eliana Miller is a student at Bowdoin, majoring in Hispanic Studies and minoring in English. She's a reporter for the Orient, Bowdoin's newspaper. She's from Washington, DC originally. She did some work for the National Endowment of the Humanities in DC, working on promotion/educational projects — including promoting the Ken Burns Vietnam series. Her passion for media is clear.

Julie Pike is a Communications major at the University of Southern Maine. She has worked extensively with her school newspaper, The Free Press, and has interned at the Portland Press Herald. She's been print-focused so far, but wants to branch out to visual, photojournalism, and audio. She lives in Gorham.

2019 Dowe Interns Julie Pike (l.) & Eliana Miller (r.)

Our 2018 Interns

Celie Deagle is a Journalism student at the University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It will be her second Bachelor's degree — her first Bachelor's was from Colby College in History. She is from Canaan, ME.

Lucia Helder is also a Journalism student at the University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is from Orono, ME.

2018 Dowe Interns in the Lewiston television studio: Lucia Helder (l.) & Celie Deagle (r.)

Stories Produced by Celie Deagle & Lucia Helder:

Penobscot Nation And University Of Maine Chart Future By Documenting Past — Lucia Helder
Citizens In Bangor Gather To Protest Trump's Pick For The Supreme Court — Celie Deagle
Maine State Parks Face Lifeguard Shortage — Celie Deagle
Canoer Paddles The Androscoggin In An Effort To 'Heal And Restore' The River — Celie Deagle & Lucia Helder

Our 2017 Interns

Jill Baker grew up in Freeport and is attending Susquehanna University and is majoring in Digital Multimedia Journalism. She is the Assistant News Editor for The Quill, her school newspaper. For the last two summers, she has interned at the Brunswick Times-Record.

Read Jill Baker's thank you letter to donors.

Isabelle "Belle" Fall hails from Portland and is a sophomore in the Media Studies program at the University of Southern Maine. She also has taken film-making classes at the Maine Media Workshop.

Read Belle's thank you letter to donors.

Meet the 2016 Interns and listen to their stories

Marina Affo of Lewiston — Bowdoin College

Abukar Adan of Portland — Colby College

Muslims in Maine: Busy Student, Active in the Community — Abukar Adan

Meet the 2015 Interns and listen to their stories

Sara Gatcomb of Palmyra — Syracuse University

Eliza Lambert of Portland — New York University

What It's Really Like to Live with Dementia: Virtual Tour a Revelation — Eliza Lambert and Sara Gatcomb

Moving on Up in Maine — to a Teeny Tiny House — Eliza Lambert and Sara Gatcomb

Maine Hospitals Participating in Alzheimer's Drug Trial — Eliza Lambert