Office of Experiential Learning Update
- By Elise Schadler and Anna Smiles-Becker
This spring, 18 service-learning courses are being taught by RSENR faculty! In the fall semester, 11 service-learning courses were offered by RSENR faculty, engaging students in over 80 partnerships with more than 60 different community partner organizations.
Summer 2013 will be the second summer of the RSENR Perennial Internship Program. This program started last summer with two community partners and we'll be bringing on two new community partners this summer. These internships are different from other widely publicized internships, because we reach out directly to key community partners to create internships that will hopefully be available each summer. Using this model, we are building relationships with companies/organizations and providing perennial opportunities for students. This summer, these will be paid internships through a cost-share agreement between RSENR and the host organization/company. These internships are open to current first years, sophomores, and juniors in RSENR. Thank you to Alan McIntosh for his leadership and to Jon Erickson for Dean's Office support of this program. A few additional internships may be added to this list in the next few weeks, but as of right now, here are the 3 great internships lined up for Summer 2013:
- Avatar Research & Development Technician, South Burlington
- Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) Environmental Scientist/Technician,North Ferrisburgh
- Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District Urban Conservation, Technician, Winooski
This spring, RSENR's Office of Experiential Learning will be hosting a Community Partner Reception to recognize and thank the organizations and individuals that have worked with RSENR students through service-learning projects, internships, and applied research throughout the 2012-2013 academic year. The Community Partner Reception will take place in the Aiken Solarium in the afternoon on Wednesday, May 1st and will include short presentations, a showcase of experiential learning in RSENR, refreshments, Aiken tours for community partners, and plenty of time for partners to mingle with members of our community. If you have worked with a community partner in the past year, we ask that you please send us the names and affiliations (and contact information if possible) of these partners.
We are revamping the student lounge in Aiken and are seeking pictures to enlarge and hang on the walls. Send us pictures from internships, study abroad, or research or service-learning projects that you feel capture the essence of what it is to be in RSENR. Along with a high quality digital photograph, include 2-3 paragraphs that describe how the experience impacted you and how it represents your experience as a RSNER student. Chosen photographs will be enlarged, printed on canvass, and mounted in the student lounge by the end of the semester. Send materials to Anna.Smiles-Becker@uvm.edu and Elise.Schadler@uvm.edu.
Finally, we'd like to make the RSENR community aware of the OEL website. In addition to information about internships, service-learning, study abroad, the RSENR Stewards, and student research in RSENR, the site includes resources for students, faculty, and community partners and tracks with whom, and how, our students are working in the community.