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PHS Student To Be Intern for Sen. Susan Collins

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PHS Student To Be Intern for Sen. Susan Collins
Posted on 01/08/2018
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Portland High School student Kate Bourque has won a student internship in the Portland office of United States Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.

This is the second consecutive year that the office of Sen. Collins has hosted this prestigious Expanded Learning Opportunity for a Portland High School student.

Such internships provide students with school credit. They are the result of a collaborative effort with the nonprofit JMG (Jobs for Maine’s Graduates) and Portland High School, aimed at giving local students an opportunity to learn more about the work of a U.S. Senator’s office through observation, assistance, and mentoring.

“We are extremely pleased with the ongoing relationship being developed between Portland High School and Sen. Collins’ office,” said Eric Moynihan, JMG Expanded Learning Opportunities Coordinator at Portland High. “This is a fabulous opportunity for Kate. Expanded Learning opportunities like these internships provide students with relevant, real-world experiences. They also are an integral piece of the Portland High School model of education and support the goals in our new comprehensive plan, The Portland Promise.”

Kate was one of four Portland High Juniors applying for the internship, and was chosen after an essay-interview selection process. Her semester-long internship starts this month.

A junior at Portland High School, Kate Bourque is involved in Student Council, Executive Board, Key Club, and varsity tennis. She is an active volunteer at school, church and Preble Street. Kate was awarded the prestigious Grit Award by her teachers during her freshman year. She is enrolled in Advanced Placement and Honors courses and her plans for college include studying political science.

JMG partners with public education and private businesses to offer results-driven solutions to ensure all Maine students graduate, attain post-secondary credentials, and pursue meaningful careers.