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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 Dowe Intern will have the opportunity to learn from and be mentored by nationally recognized journalists and producers.

The next Jim Dowe Public Media Internship opportunity will be for the 2025 Summer Internship. More information will be provided around December 2024.

Tobey MacCachran

Our 2024 Intern

A native of Portland, Tobey MacCachran is a rising junior at Denison University in Granville, Ohio where he majors in journalism and minors in economics. His interests include fishing, soccer, and golf. As an applicant for the Dowe internship, Tobey impressed the selection committee with a project he did reporting on a single mother's struggles to find childcare in Ohio. He also described how much coverage of the Lewiston shootings affected him as he watched it unfold from his campus. He said he found a new appreciation for local reporting about the investigation and the aftermath of the tragedy.

So far this summer he's written a short piece about reaction on the Bowdoin campus to the trial of jailed Wall Street Journal reporter and Bowdoin alum Evan Gerskovich in Russian and looking at the shortage of large animal veterinarians in Maine.

Caty Duvoir 2023 Dowe Intern

Our 2023 Intern

Caty DuDevoir is a graduate of Cheverus High School, in Portland Maine. She is currently a student at the University of Maine in Orono studying Anthropology and Journalism. She works there at the student-run media outlet Maine Campus Media as news editor.

Check out this selection of Caty's Stories and Collaborations:

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.

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.

Watch Emi & Izzy's capstone project:

A Franco-American Revival

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

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.

An example of Grace's work at Maine Public:

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

Our 2019 Interns

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.

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

Stories Produced by 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.

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.

Our 2016 Interns

Marina Affo of Lewiston — Bowdoin College

Abukar Adan of Portland — Colby College

Our 2015 Interns

Sara Gatcomb of Palmyra — Syracuse University

Eliza Lambert of Portland — New York University