University of Vermont

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences



An internship is a structured and supervised professional experience related to a student’s field of study. This usually takes place with an approved agency, business or other organization. Internships may be eligible for academic credit. The following are testimonials from students:

"I have had the opportunity to work with experienced developers and have begun designing and constructing layouts for their webpages as well as started building iPhone apps. This type of experience is a great way to get involved and prepare for a career after graduation" ~ Emily Kalen

It is difficult to decide the best experiences here at the Whale Center because I have loved every minute of it." ~ Laura Cupicha

"The summer (internship) has been one of the most valuable and rewarding times of my life" ~ Katherine Carton-Bacon

Animal Science | Community Development and Applied Economics | Environmental Sciences | Environmental Studies | Nutrition and Food Sciences | Plant and Soil Science

Animal Science InternshipsAnimal Science

"I was able to use this internship as a way of narrowing down my ideas towards a career path, and I could not be more satisfied." ~ Katie Murray (Mote Marine Laboratory)

"Before my internship on the Maille Dairy Farm this summer, the closest I had ever gotten to a cow was through "Farmville" on Facebook...but stepping out of my comfort zone actually turned out to be a very rewarding experience." ~Hannah Facey (Maille Dairy Farm)

The UVM Animal Science Internship Program is an opportunity for students to receive college credit while receiving supervised practical experience in an on or off-campus animal-related profession. Internships in Animal Science include animal education, biological sciences, veterinary medicine, equine, wildlife conservation, zoos, and much more! Students are encouraged to make an appointment with Fran Kinghorn, ASCI Internship Coordinator. Please click here for more information.

Community Development and Applied Economics Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE)

"I recently completed a summer internship at the Planning & Zoning Department of Colchester, VT...This was an unbelievable experience where I was able to apply what I learned as a CID major outside of the classroom and actually see my work make a difference through helping to improve local businesses in Colchester." ~ John Neri (Planning & Zoning Dept. of Colchester).

Intership Opportunities in CDAE include Merrill Lynch, Media Group Inc, PMG Public Relations Firm, Fletcher/CSI, UBS-Financial Services, and many more! You may make an appointment with Prof. Charles Ferreira. For more information, please click here.

Environmental SciencesEnvironmental Sciences

The Environmental Sciences degree program stresses hands-on experience to test out one's career objectives, and many of our students pursue that in the form of an internship. Well-developed internships and cooperative education programs award academic credit for contracted work experiences. Opportunities exist in Vermont, the larger U.S. and abroad. You may contact Anna Smiles-Becker. For additional information, please click here.

Environmental StudiesEnvironmental Studies

Environmental Studies students are encouraged to take advantage of independent learning opportunities outside of standard classroom courses. There are a variety of independent learning opportunities available for students to take advantage of, including internships, apprenticeships, experiential education experiences, independent study, and practicum work. After securing an internship or other learning opportunity, the Environmental Program is pleased to enroll students in ENVS 191/291 to gain credit for their work. For more information, please click here.
ENVS Seniors have the choice to complete a 6-credit advanced level internship as part of their Senior Capstone. Please click here for some examples.

MicrobiologyMicrobiology and Molecular Genetics

Students in the Microbiology or Molecular Genetics majors of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics may receive course credit for structured, practical experiences gained through internships. These experiences are available in both the public and private sectors. Interested students should contact Brenda Tessmann.

Internships help students build a network of professional contacts, build skills and knowledge for their resume, gain exposure to professionals in their career field, gain opportunities to develop and work on projects outside of UVM, explore alternative career options, and assist in defining career options. The number of credits assigned to an internship experience is consistent with the time investment per week required for courses at UVM. Examples of past internships include Vermont Department of Health, Mylan Technologies, PJM Pharmaceuticals, and others. Please click here to view a list of past internships.
To view internship guidelines for MMG 295/296, please click here.

Nutrition and Food SciencesNutrition and Food Sciences

"I decided on UVM's dietetics program because all of the staff in the program seemed amazing. They were eager to help new students get the best out of their education. Many teachers have a lot of experience with things that I would love to be part of from research to innovative new programs within the school and community. I knew that I could have a lot of experiences in the field and excellent teachers if I came here."

Faculty in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences recognize the great value of students' participation in a field or community placement. A site could be in Burlington, elsewhere in Vermont or out-of-state. Students may generate an idea by speaking with their advisor or another faculty member. Students are welcome to make an appointment with Marcia. For more information, please click here.

Plant and Soil SciencePlant and Soil Science

Examples of students in the internship program/projects include growing vegetables organically, exploring integrated pest management for an apple orchard, intercropping to enhance soil health and reduce weed and pest problems, designing rotations for dairy farmer who uses intensive pasture management, developing a composting stystem, and much more! For more information, please contact Prof. Mark Starrett and Prof. Yolanda Chen, the Internship Program Coordinators. Please click here to visit the webpage.

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