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Many of our students undertake internships abroad or in the U.S. with direct relevance to their GRS degrees—in businesses, government, media, international organizations like the United Nations, and international non-profit organizations working in fields of sustainable development, health, and environment.

Although we offer internship credits, most do not seek credit, but see these internships as strategies for gaining practical experience and networking opportunities. We recognize that students typically have financial demands of tuition, housing, travel, and other personal expenses, and that unpaid/under-paid internships (while offering great experience) can also create a financial burden. To assist you, there are several funding sources that provide scholarship money for students who need financial assistance in order to accept an unpaid internship. Learn more about internship scholarships.

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    Grappling with Refugees Issues

    Vermont native Hayley Barriere ’19 didn’t have to travel far to get a working knowledge of issues surrounding immigrant and refugee resettlement. A global studies major with a minor in sociology, Barriere recently completed an internship at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants/the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program (USCRI/VRRP) in Colchester, VT. In the classroom, Barriere analyzes human migration patterns and the factors behind them. Through her internship she’s getting essential hands-on experience in helping newly arrived refugees and immigrants resettle in the United States. “The most important thing I have realized from my internship is that wherever I end up in the future, I want to spend my life doing important and meaningful work that makes a positive impact on the world.”

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Note: Internship credits are available only for the semester in which you are doing the work. In order to receive credits, you need to be enrolled for internship credits at UVM. If you do take a semester of leave from UVM to do an internship, you could consider doing an independent study when you get back on campus, deepening your knowledge of themes you learned about while working as an intern.

Finding the Right Internship

Whether it is for credit or not, it is up to you to identify and apply for the specific internship you would like. The best way to identify an internship is to visit the UVM Career Center and examine their enormous collection of internship possibilities, and speak with global studies faculty to find out what internships they would recommend.

Recent For-Credit Internships 

  • Peace and Justice Center, Burlington
  • Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, Colchester
  • Vermont Workers’ Center, Burlington
  • DREAM Program office, Burlington
  • Population Media Center, Shelburne
  • Hope for Women, Burlington
  • Vermont Council on World Affairs, Burlington