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Senator Collins Launches Returning Worker Fellowships

Returnship program provides skills training, professional development to individuals who previously left the workforce

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that she has established a new returnship program in her Maine Constituent Service Centers to assist Mainers seeking to reenter the workforce.  Senator Collins’ new Returning Worker Fellowship provides an opportunity for people to gain experience working in a U.S. Senate office while sharpening their skills and refreshing their resumes.


“It can be a challenge to reenter the workforce after an extended period away, and becoming reacquainted with office procedures and technology often feels daunting.  I know many Mainers who have experienced this situation after taking time to raise their children or care for an ailing loved one,” said Senator Collins.  “I’m excited to launch our new Returning Worker Fellowship, an opportunity for Mainers to gain valuable experience.  This initiative will also help Mainers sharpen skills that are in demand by Maine small businesses that are struggling to find workers.” 


Fellowships are 12 weeks long and are offered throughout the year.  These paid positions are available in all six of Senator Collins’ Maine Constituent Service Centers: Augusta, Bangor, Biddeford, Caribou, Lewiston, and Portland.


Fellows are tasked with assisting in the management of constituent correspondencehelping to organize incoming constituent casework; conducting research in prevalent areas; and assisting with other administrative needs of the office, such as answering phones.


In order to apply, applicants must have:


  • A minimum of five years prior work experience in an administrative or related field; and


  • Been out of the workforce for a minimum of three years.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  If you have any questions or need further information regarding a Returning Worker Fellowship, please contact:


Interested applicants can find more information and apply here.




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