University of Vermont

About Us: Office of Experiential Learning

The Office of Experiential Learning helps Rubenstein School (RSENR) students build skills and experience by providing a diversity of learning opportunities. Our goal is to integrate reflective career development, courses, and co-curricular activities to foster competencies that will make RSENR graduates highly competitive professionals and engaged, effective citizens.

Our office takes a holistic approach to career preparation by supporting participation in community-based projects, internships, applied research, and career counseling. We facilitate course-based student development through support of faculty and community partners as they create and implement community-based courses and research projects. We work closely with students and employers to build a strong, committed workforce. We team with and address the needs of community partners. At the heart of our work is a demonstrated commitment to student and faculty development and collaborative problem-solving among the School, the University, and the local, national, and international community.

The Office of Experiential Learning is directly linked to Student Services in the Rubenstein School. Our office also works with the Office of Community-University Partnerships and Service-Learning and the UVM Career Center.

Career Counselor & Internship Coordinator

Anna Smiles-Becker

Anna joined the Office of Experiential Learning as the Career Counselor & Internship Coordinator in November 2010. From 2005-2010, Anna worked as a career counselor with UVM Career Services. Anna greatly enjoys talking with students and alumni about their skills, interests and passions. She earned her Master's Degree in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and prior to that lived and worked in Washington, DC where she worked for two different non-profit organizations. Anna attended UVM as an undergraduate student and studied Anthropology. Her professional interests include, but are not limited to, experiential learning, career development, social justice, and service-learning.

Some of Anna's outside-of-work passions include outdoor activities, social justice, local community involvement, jewelry and card making, reading, and staying connected with friends and family. When not in Aiken, Anna can be found going on adventures with her husband Jarrod, daughters Zoe and Cora, and dog Oscar, walking the backroads of Vermont, learning how to be a better gardener or trying to read a good book when she can!


Coordinator of Educational Innovation

Margaret Burke
Margaret Burke

My career has been focused on the discipline of natural resource education and education for sustainability. After nearly ten years of teaching learners of all ages and studying educational practices through my role as an outdoor educator and mentor, I earned my Master's Degree in Ecological Teaching and Learning in 2012, with a focus on educational assessment, from Lesley University in Cambridge Massachusetts.

Working as the Coordinator of Educational Innovation in the Rubenstein School is an exciting opportunity to collaboratively explore creative methods of community-based teaching and learning, educational assessment, and digital innovation. My role at UVM also includes working alongside the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources to strengthen the unique partnership we have with the State of Vermont. I love hearing stories and ideas from students, faculty, and partners and am delighted to support the success of learning endeavors on campus and afield.


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