University of Vermont

Rubenstein School Perennial Summer Internship Program

Eager, professional and skilled Rubenstein School students working with organizations and companies finding solutions for critical environmental issues. Could there be a better match?

Celeste Heinz interns with Lake Champlain Monitoring Program.


The Perennial Summer Internship Program at the Rubenstein School strives to provide valuable internship opportunities for you, Rubenstein School students, and to build and strengthen relationships with environmental companies, organizations and agencies working on critical issues. This is a competitive internship program and these 12-week, paid, credit-bearing internships range from part-time to full-time. Many of the 2016 Perennial Internships are located in Vermont while others are located in Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and New York. Rubenstein School students currently in their first, sophomore, and junior years are eligible to apply for Perennial Internships, unless otherwise noted in an individual internship description. Students graduating in May 2016 are not eligible to apply for Perennial Internships.

Rachel Smith's internship with Land Conservancy of New Jersey.

Interested in hosting an intern through the Perennial Internship Program?

Interested organizations and companies work closely with the Rubenstein School to design an internship that is robust, professional and beneficial to both the organization/company and the intern. Rubenstein School staff and faculty assist with application review and provide support to both the intern and supervisor throughout the internship. The intern earns academic credit for the internship and is also paid through a cost-share agreement between the host organization/company and the Rubenstein School.

Most internships are 12 weeks long and interns work 20 hours/week. There is flexibility in terms of the hours worked per week. For more info, contact or call 802-656-3002.

Application Process

The application process for Summer 2016 is now closed. Stay tuned for information about Summer 2017 in late fall 2016!

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The application process for Summer 2016 is now closed. Stay tuned for information about Summer 2017 in late fall 2016!

It's great that you're planning to apply for a Rubenstein Perennial Summer Internship! Here are step by step instructions for how to apply.

  1. Review all of the Perennial Internship descriptions listed below. Please do take the time to read through each individual description so that you don't miss a great opportunity by judging an internship solely on its title. You may apply for up to three Perennial Internships.
  2. Make sure that your resume and cover letter(s) are as strong as they can be. Utilize the resources around you:
    1. The Rubenstein Stewards are great at reviewing resumes/cover letters and providing helpful feedback – stop by Aiken 219 and be sure to check out their office hours.
    2. Visit the Career + Experience Hub, 1st Floor Davis Center for a Drop In appointment with a Career Counselor. Mondays-Thursdays 1-4pm, Fridays 1-3pm.
    3. Stop by Anna Smiles-Becker's (Rubenstein Career Counselor & Internship Coordinator) office (Aiken 220G) to sign up for a resume/cover letter review appointment.
  3. To apply for a Perennial Internship, you will need to login to Blackboard and then search for the "Rubenstein Perennial" in the Organizational Search box on the lower left side of the Blackboard site. Click the arrow to enroll. Upon enrollment, you will be able to apply for a Perennial Internship.
  4. Each Perennial Internship is listed as an "assignment". To apply for a Perennial Internship, you will need to submit the following by 4pm on Friday, January 29, 2016:
    1. Resume, Cover Letter, One Reference (name and contact information for a professor or work/internship supervisor)
      1. Please submit these documents as a single pdf
      2. If you cannot submit these documents as a single pdf, please submit as individual pdfs
    2. Unofficial Transcript - submitted as a pdf
    3. One Perennial Internship Recommendation form
      1. This recommendation form should be completed by a RSENR professor, graduate student or staff member of your choosing.
      2. As the applicant, you’ll need to complete the first page of this form, click "save as" and then email the document to your recommender. Your recommender will then complete the second page of the document, click "save as" and then deliver it directly to Anna Smiles-Becker – by email or handwritten in Anna's Aiken mailbox.
      Notes: You must submit a resume, cover letter and reference for each Perennial Internship to which you are applying. However, you only need to have one Perennial Internship Recommendation form submitted on your behalf regardless of multiple applications. A team of Rubenstein School faculty and staff will be reviewing all submitted applications and will be looking at applicants' unofficial transcripts as part of that process. Preference will be given to applicants who have not been selected for Perennial Internships in the past.
  5. If you are selected to interview for a Perennial Internship, you will be contacted to set up an interview during late February/early March.

2016 Perennial Internship Descriptions (pdfs)

Last modified February 10 2016 09:10 AM