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 2017 Perennial Internships are located in Vermont while others are located in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Washington, DC. Rubenstein School students currently in their sophomore and junior years are eligible to apply for Perennial Internships. Students graduating in May 2017 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

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It's great that you're interested in applying for a Rubenstein Perennial Summer Internship! Rubenstein School students currently in their sophomore or junior years are eligible to apply. Here are step by step instructions for how to apply.

  1. Go to the CEMS & RSENR Internship, Co-Op, Research System to view positions & apply.
  2. You will need to login as follows:
    1. Login: Netid
    2. Password: Your 95 #
  3. Once you’ve logged in, click on RSENR Perennial Summer Internship Application Instructions – 2017 in the Announcements section. Please thoroughly read the application instructions so that you clearly understand the process.
  4. Take the following steps to view the 2017 Perennial Internship Opportunities:
    1. Click Position Search (on top blue menu bar)
    2. Select Internship, Co-Op, Research Search
    3. Under Position Type, select Rubenstein Perennial Internship -2017
    4. Click Search
  5. 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. 
    1. You may apply for up to three Perennial Internships
    2. All applications are due by midnight, Sunday, January 29, 2017
  6. You’ll need to upload all required documents (through “My Accounts -> My Documents” on upper left side of screen once you log in) before being able to apply for any Perennial Internships. Please submit documents as pdfs whenever possible. The following are required documents:
    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter - You should upload and submit unique cover letters for each position to which you’re applying.
    3. Position Ranking - If you are applying for more than one Perennial Internship, please provide list of the positions in rank order.
    4. Reference(s) – Provide name & contact information for at least one professional reference (this could be someone who supervised you in a past work/internship/volunteer position, a professor or teacher, etc.)
    5. Transcript – Login to your my uvm portal, click on the Registrar link, click Request Official Transcript by email, once received save it as a pdf and upload
  7. Recommendation Form – This required recommendation form should be completed by a RSENR professor or staff member of your choosing.  Please provide your recommender this link when you ask if they are willing to complete the form to support your application. 
    1. Your recommender will complete & submit this form online and then your recommendation will be confidentially uploaded to your application(s).
  8. Once you have uploaded all of the required documents, an “apply” button will appear above the internship description and you will be able to apply for up to three Perennial Internships – selecting the documents you’d like to submit for each position.
  9. 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 check out their office hours.
    2. 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. 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.
  10. A team of Rubenstein School faculty and staff will be reviewing all submitted applications and forwarding materials onto each Perennial site.  If you are selected to interview for a Perennial Internship, you will be contacted by the site to set up an interview during late February/early March.

2017 Perennial Internship Descriptions (pdfs)

Last modified December 15 2016 02:42 PM