Internships for two members of the Class of 2020 became virtual rather than in-person experiences because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Taylor Cray (left) and Liz Theriault, both political science majors, were looking forward to summer internships with the Governor of Maine’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future. When the pandemic altered their in-person plans, the two conducted their work remotely.
Cray’s internship with the Welcome Home Initiative, which promotes living and working in Maine, originally would have involved statewide travel and holding town meeting style-events to gather information. Instead, she is using information that had previously been gathered, and addressing how it could be implemented in a post-COVID-19 Maine.
Theriault is a communications intern and is crafting newsletters, press releases, and other materials for the Office for Policy Innovation and the Future, with a particular focus on the Maine Climate Council.
Both Cray’s and Theriault’s internships are a natural outgrowth of work they conducted on campus.