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Burlington Mayoral Candidate Providing Internship Opportunities
Miro Weinberger is seeking the Democratic nomination for Mayor of Burlington, and our campaign is looking for hard working, ambitious student interns to help us win. Participants in the program will gain the leadership and organizing skills required for effective community engagement, and will have a substantial impact on the future of Burlington. The internship is 10hrs/wk, is unpaid and will take place downtown. The application deadline is 5pm October 8th the suggested deadline is 5pm October 5th.
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center Volunteers/Interns
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is a 28,500 square foot, award-winning LEED facility. Founded in 2003, ECHO welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually with interactive exhibits and science education programs that include over 70 species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles; and more than 100 interactive experiences. ECHO is part of the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain -a 2.2 acre environmental campus on the Burlington Waterfront, which is home to a consortium of organizations working for public and academic engagement in science, environmental education, research, and cultural history
Volunteer Positions and Internships available.
Summer Enrichment Scholars Program
SESP is a FREE summer bridge program offered to UVM incoming first-year students of color and bi/multi-racial students. First-generation and students with limited income are also eligible for this summer program and encouraged to apply. SESP provides the opportunity for first-year students to adjust to their new environment and addresses the challenges they will potentially face during their transition from high school to college. SESP is sponsored by the ALANA (African, Latino/a, Asian, Native American) Student Center at UVM.
Dow AgroSciences has positions available for students seeking summer internship opportunities. These opportunities are full-time positions available from May until August. Accepting applications from October through December 2011. Applicable majors would include:
- Biology (biochemistry, biotechnology, cell biology, entomology, microbiology, molecular biology, plant pathology, or plant physiology)
- Chemistry (analytical, organic, or physical)
- Informatics (bioinformatics or chemical)
- Any agriculture-related majors
R&D opportunities include both laboratory-based and field station research positions. Positions for R&D field station research are located throughout the US whereas the laboratory-based R&D positions are located at our headquarters in Indianapolis, IN.
For more information: Dow AgroSciences Summer Internships
Operation Wallacea is a series of biological and conservation management research programmes that operate in remote locations across the world. These expeditions are designed with specific wildlife conservation aims in mind - from identifying areas needing protection, through to implementing and assessing conservation management programmes. What is different about Operation Wallacea is that large teams of university academics who are specialists in various aspects of biodiversity or social and economic studies are concentrated at the target study sites giving volunteers the opportunity of working on a range of projects. The surveys result in a large number of publications in peer-reviewed journals each year, have resulted in 30 vertebrate species new to science being discovered, 4 'extinct' species being re-discovered and $2 million levered from funding agencies to set up best practice management examples at the study sites. These large survey teams of academics and volunteers that are funded independently of normal academic sources have enabled large temporal and spatial biodiversity and socio-economic data sets to be produced, and provide information to help with organising effective conservation management programmes.
The expeditions are now operating in 11 countries: Indonesia, Honduras, Egypt, Cuba, South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Peru, Guyana, Mexico and Guatemala. In each country a long-term agreement is signed with a partner organisation (eg Honduran Coral Reef Foundation in Honduras, Fund Amazonia in Peru, Wildlife Ecological Investments in South Africa, BioMap in Egypt) and over the course of this agreement it is hoped to achieve a survey and management development programme at each of the sites. On occasions though a competent local partner organisation is not available. In these cases Operation Wallacea mentors the formation of a new NGO formed from local staff who have provided successful input to the expedition surveys (eg Lawane Ecotone for the Indonesian forest, Lembaga Alam for the Indonesia marine sites and Expediciones y Servicios Ambientales de Cusuco for the cloud forest site in Honduras).
SIT Study Abroad and Graduate Institute
A pioneer in experiential, field-based study abroad, SIT Study Abroad offers semester, summer, and post-baccalaureate programs in more than 40 countries in Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, focused on critical global issues with opportunities for undergraduate research.
SIT Graduate Institute offers master's degrees, certificates, and professional development programs in the fields of international education, TESOL, sustainable development, management, conflict transformation, and intercultural relations. Founded over 40 years ago as a training center for early Peace Corps volunteers, SIT Graduate Institute offers full-time and low-residency programs focused on global social change based on its campuses in Vermont, USA, and the Sultanate of Oman.
Frontier: Conservation, Education, Exploration
A Leader in Conservation & Development
Frontier was established in 1989 as a non-profit conservation and development non-governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystem integrity and building sustainable livelihoods for marginalised communities in the world's poorest countries. Our first projects were in Tanzania, one of the world's poorest countries. Carrying out groundbreaking surveys in remote forest, savannah, and marine environments, our dedicated teams of volunteers set about building a comprehensive picture of areas that were heretofore ignored, despite being, as we discovered, among the most biodiverse areas in the world. At the time, Professor John Poynton of the Natural History Museum said:
"In its biodiversity and biogeographical dynamics, Tanzania is proving to be one of the most - if not the most - significant countries in Africa... Over the past decade Frontier's collecting and data recording has progressively developed to achieve high professional standards, which allow vastly improved knowledge of the biodiversity, ecology and biogeography of the area through a detailed recording of specimens, habitats and altitudes... Frontier's work certainly sets a new standard in the exploration and documenting of the African fauna."
In partnership with the University of New Hampshire Department of Natural Resources, the EcoQuest Education Foundation is offering a study abroad program of intensive, applied field studies in ecology, resource management and environmental policy. We welcome applications from eligible students at accredited colleges and universities worldwide.
All EcoQuest programs promote conceptual thinking, applied and integrated science, and multi-disciplinary approaches to environmental and resource management issues. Program delivery takes place in a variety of ecosytems, ranging from the mountains to the sea.
EcoQuest is committed to a sustainable world, a vision that includes the natural environment, as well as the people and their cultural and socio-economic needs.
Living Routes: Study Abroad in Ecovillages
Living Routes' mission is to create opportunities to live and learn within human-scale communities that are consciously striving to live well and lightly. By offering positive visions and "stories" for humanity and the planet, ecovillages offer ideal "campuses" for students to explore possible futures, both in the world and in their own lives.
SEA Semester: Field Programs in Marine and Environmental Studies
SEA is an educational institution dedicated to exploration, understanding and stewardship of the oceans, and to the study of humanity's relationship with the oceans. SEA offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum, on shore and at sea aboard tall ships, that provides challenging voyages of scientific discovery, academic rigor, and personal growth.
Round River Conservation Studies
We take our name from Aldo Leopold's essay Round River, along with the idea that ecological study enriches one's personal land ethic and strengthens a community's collective wisdom. Round River is dedicated to conservation strategies that preserve and restore wild places; to that end, we strive to develop and support traditions that sustain wildness. These efforts are anchored in the principles of conservation biology, supported by field research and community planning.
The Rubenstein School of Environmental and Natural Resources Courses Abroad
During January and March breaks and summer sessions, many students take intensive Rubenstein School travel courses around the United States and all over the world to study a variety of environmental issues.
U.S.-Sino Pathway Program (USPP)
The U.S.-Sino Pathway Program (USPP) is a newly formed partnership between the Consortium of North American Universities (CNAU), comprising Baylor University, Northeastern University, the University of Utah, and the University of Vermont, and global education service provider Kaplan China. The program provides a success-oriented pathway for talented Chinese students to pursue undergraduate studies in the U.S.
USPP students who will attend UVM begin by enrolling in an International Foundation Year in China. They then proceed to a 10-week Summer Bridge program at UVM and from there continue as second-year students at UVM in the fall. The first cohort of USPP students arrived on campus early June 2010.
Initially, the program aims to enroll 40-60 Chinese undergraduate students at UVM in the Fall of 2010. Ultimately, the goal is to have approximately 100-120 new USPP students enrolling at the University of Vermont each summer.
Kaplan China currently has similar partnerships with over 20 colleges and universities in the UK and Australia, providing academic preparation and transition support to Chinese students seeking to enter higher education in those countries. The retention rate of Chinese students in these programs -from admission through university graduation- is over 90%. The USPP will be Kaplan China's first partnership with schools in the U.S.