University of Vermont

About Us

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 Services Office.

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, daughter Zoe 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!


Community Based Learning Coordinator

Sarah Heath
Sarah Heath

Sarah joined the Office of Experiential Learning in March 2014. As a native New Englander, she is thrilled to be returning to Vermont after an 8 year adventure in California. Though the weather was nice and she had a grand time trekking with adolescent girls and teaching at San Francisco State University, she's glad to be home. UVM is her alma mater (M.Ed., 2005) and Burlington is where she served for three years with AmeriCorps*VISTA. Inspired by Mr. Tappen, her high school English teacher who had a quote on the wall reading "We do not write in order to be understood, we write in order to understand" (Cecil Day Lewis), Sarah continues to try to make sense of herself and her world through service-learning. As an experiential educator, she aims to engage students in a fun and reflective process that integrates mind, body and soul: Defining our values and connecting with our humanity as we ask ourselves who we are and who we want to be; as we examine the complexities of social inequities in our culture; and as we explore the innovations and best practices all around us. When she's not supporting students and community partners at UVM, Sarah may be found instructing for local outdoor ed programs, doing yoga, or playing with her two-year old daughter.


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