East Winthrop Student Participates in Internship at the Maine Department of Labor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 19, 2013

Contact: Jenna Pederson and Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

DSC 0057AUGUSTA—This summer, Zachary D. Stevens of East Winthrop participated in the Margaret Chase Smith Internship program with the Maine Department of Labor. Stevens spent several weeks working for the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation, Division of Employer Services, which manages the employer-related elements of the state’s unemployment insurance system.

Photo: Zachary D. Stevens is pictured (from left to right) with Laura Boyett, bureau director, Joan Cook, director of the Division of Employer Services, and Tim Shea, Tax Section manager.

Zachary Stevens majors in computer information systems at the University of Maine at Augusta. Stevens has spent his summer designing tax and surety databases using Access and Excel and helping write online forms.

Stevens said, “I have learned how to design several organized and easy-to-use databases, and the troubleshooting I’ve helped with on computers helps me towards my (potential) future information technology goals.”

“This great group of interns has brought a fresh perspective to the Department of Labor this summer,” said Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette. “We appreciate their hard work; they have not only learned about the department but they have also served the people of Maine. Most important for them, they have learned valuable skills that will help them wherever their career paths lead.”

Stevens hopes to be an IT technician or a video game designer.

The department administers Maine’s unemployment insurance system, helps ensure the safety of employees and provides workforce development leadership and vocational rehabilitation services throughout the state.  The department has focused on connecting Mainers to jobs and helping businesses create jobs through strengthening our workforce development system, improving outreach to businesses and clarifying employment regulations.

The Maine State Government Summer Internship Program combines paid work experience with an educational program. Administered by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine, it is a collaboration involving the Office of the Governor, the Maine Bureau of Human Resources and Maine state government agencies.