Internships offer a great opportunity to learn by doing! Internships provide a chance to explore career directions, bring meaning to classroom learning, acquire new skills, earn credit or financial compensation (or both!), make an impact in the real world, establish career networks or mentors and learn about yourself and your skills. Most interns report internships as a highlight of their academic experience. Many even complete more than one internship!
Had a great experience interning?
What type of internships does UVM offer?
There are multiple ways to earn credit for internships at UVM. To learn more about which might work for you,
Credit Bearing Options
Academic major-related: If your internship work is closely related to your academic major, and your department offers credit for internships through a course or an independent study, you can obtain major credit for your internship and the academic work associated with it. Consult the Guide to Experiential Learning in the Career Services Library for Internship contacts and requirements within each department. Many departments offer internship credits; some do not. It’s important to check the specific requirements and options for your major.
Service Learning Internship Course, EDSS 239: This course offers an opportunity to provide community service in conjunction with academic reflection, and earn credit for doing so. Internships are primarily in non-profit agencies and may be local, national or international. The course is offered in the fall, spring and summer for elective credit for students of all majors. Students may enroll for 1-12 credits, depending upon number of hours worked, and number of readings and writings completed. Curious? Check out the process for enrolling in EDSS 239.
CDAE 196: This 3-credit course is offered through CDAE and offers an opportunity to earn credit for work in either the non-profit or for-profit sector. Students from all majors may enroll for elective credit. For more information, contact the instructor, Charlie Ferreira in CDAE, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not-for Credit OptionsSome students may wish to do internships, not for credit, but simply to gain career-related experience. These internships may offer college learning level projects and a chance to test the waters of a career and develop professional skills. As with credit-bearing internships, they may be paid or volunteer and can be completed locally, nationally or internationally.
What kind of internship would be best for me?
What questions should I consider?
Some questions to ask yourself are: What organizations or companies interest me? What skills to I hope to learn? What career area do I hope to explore and gain skills in? Do I want or need credit? In my major or elective? Is pay essential?
- Considering an internship in a non-profit, and wanting to earn credit for it? The service-learning internship class, EDSS 239, links readings and reflections about community and global issues with the internship, making it possible to earn between 1-12 elective credits, depending upon hours worked and readings and essays completed.
- Thinking about an internship in the for-profit sector? It may make sense to complete an academic internship through your academic department, working with a faculty advisor, and completing work assigned through an independent study course. If it appears you cannot receive credit through your major, you may want to check out CDAE 196.
- Not sure that credits are necessary, but really wanting the experience? A non-credit internship may be just the thing. We can help you locate career internships to test the waters and gain professional skills.
How do I find an internship?
Use your "network" of family, friends, classmates, faculty, former employers, and others to help you with ideas for possible internships.
- Meet with Career Services staff to develop a strategy for identifying and applying for potential internships and learn how to make use of UVM's Career Connection on LinkedIn.
- Consult the resources available in the Career Library and the many websites and resources mentioned on this page.
- Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your interest in finding an internship in your area of interest.
- Many departments post internships specific to their majors. Check to see if your department does this.
What web resources can help me identify internship opportunities?
There are many websites that offer a window into internship opportunities. To get started on this research.
- Internships USA (username: Vermont; password: Ver201314)
- Internship Predictor from Internships.com (free account required)
- InternMatch Internships
- The Vault
- Simply Hired
- Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) Intern Program
Non Profit/Government & Policy
- Internships USA (username: Vermont; password: Ver201314)
- Government Internships
- The White House Internship
Science Health & Technology
- NSF Research Opportunities
- Pre-Health Sciences
- Vermont Technology Council
- Association of Zoos & Aquariums
- Transitions Abroad
- Cultural Vistas (AIPT-CDS) International
- International Internship Guide
- International Volunteer Guide
- InRoads Internships for Diverse Audiences
- Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities National Internship Program
- Out for Work
How do I get started on the process?
Take the following steps to get you started.
- Plan to stop in for Drop-Ins, attend an informational session in the Career Center, or schedule an appointment to get started.
- Check with your academic advisor to see if an internship makes sense in terms of your overall degree plan. Do you need credits? What kind?
- Prepare a resume: employers may ask you to send it.
- Investigate 2-5 sponsoring employers or agencies.
- If you are planning to earn credit, complete all the steps for enrolling in the appropriate class before starting the internship! Credit cannot be assigned retroactively.
Credit or not? Paid or unpaid? What should I consider?
There are importanct academic and financial considerations to address related to internships.
- Explore all of your options before reaching a decision regarding the type of internship best suited to your needs. Some of the best internships are not paid but may provide a wonderful experience. Others may offer a small stipend or an hourly wage. Some employers require for you to be enrolled for credit in order to do an internship with them.
- Earning credits for an internship is dependent upon registering (and paying) for those credits.
- Credit cannot be awarded for work already completed, so be sure to work out credit arrangements in advance of beginning your internship.
- Credit-bearing internships have an academic component, so be sure to budget time for the reading and writing that will be part of a credit-bearing internship.
What kinds of financial assistance are available to help me take an internship opporunity?
There are currently two funding sources that provide scholarship money for students who need financial assistance in order to accept an unpaid internship. In order to make internships more accessible for students so that they may take on unpaid or under-paid opportunities.
Anna Whitcomb Internship Scholarship
The Anna Whitcomb Internship Scholarship is awarded to students who intend to participate in a career-related opportunity, and need financial assistance in order to accept an unpaid internship. Preference is given to internships that promote the common good and are mission-based/non-profit organizations. Preference is also given to undergraduate students. Applicants must be in good standing, and current students at the University of Vermont. Four awards of up to $2375 each will be awarded at the beginning of the summer. Applicants will be notified about the scholarship by April 18th.
Any degree-seeking University of Vermont student is eligible to apply. Eligible students must plant to continue their course of studies for the fall 2014 semester, which means that students planning to graduate in May 2014 are not eligible for this award. It is important to note that the purpose of this scholarship is to assist students with attaining experience relating to career and professional development. Because of this, scholarship decisions are not made on the basis of previous experience or GPA. Rather, awards are based on:
- The benefits a student will gain from the internship
- How the internship aligns with a student’s career/professional goals
- Financial need
Do not rule yourself out!
You can apply for the Anna Whitcomb Internship Scholarship through Catamount Job Link. The Job ID is 15074.
Please click here for more information and the application.
Please contact Amanda Chase in the Career Center for more information:
- Samuel Fishman Memorial Fund
The Samuel Fishman Memorial Fund is offered on a semesterly basis to those students involved in the Service-Learning Internship Program and placed in legislative and/or governmental internship positions. Scholarship amount will be determined by both the funds and available on an annual basis and the number of selected Fishman Interns.
Scholarship amounts vary each semester based on the total number of qualified applicants selected, and will not exceed $1000.00. Please read eligibility and other information here: http://www.uvm.edu/~career/pdf/Fishman.pdf
If you qualify for the Fishman Intern Scholarship, please submit a letter of intent (2-3 pages, double-spaced) describing your internship placement, why you chose to become in intern there, how you meet the other defined criteria, and an explanation of your financial need. Letters of intent can be addressed to Mary Beth Barritt at Career Services Living/Learning E Building.
Click here for more information about the Samuel Fishman Memorial Fund
Please contact Mary Beth Barrit in the Career Center for more information.
Can I create my own internship?
Absolutely! Many of the best internships are those you create yourself through active outreach.
- Consider the type of work you are seeking and identify the organizations that might perform that type of work. Contact them to explore the possibility of setting up an internship.
- Explore the University of Vermont Career Connection on LinkedIn, a group that gathers alumni and friends of the university in supporting the career development of current students and fellow UVM'ers. See if there might be alumni you would like to approach for an informational interview and discussions about possible internships at their companies or organizations. Meet with a Career Center staff member if you need help, we may be able to link you with an employer or alum. Sometimes the best opportunities are those you create yourself.
Do I need to do my internship in Burlington?
No! There are many excellent opportunities in Burlington, ranging from marketing to social services amd from finance to organic farming. Additonally, there are possibilities throughout New England, the United States and even internationally.
- International internships are usually difficult to locate, and may involve program participation and significant costs, but may be possible.
- Excellent internships throughout most of the United States can be found using Career Library resources, internet resources and our own UVM alumni network.
- The trick is to get started on this broader search early — usually starting in the fall before the summer you wish to intern.
What should I do if I experience harassment in an internship?
The UVM Career Center strives to create an excellent internship experience for all participating students.
A successful internship requires, in large part, a positive working and learning environment. Accordingly, UVM will not tolerate discrimination or harassment from employers providing internship opportunities. If any student believes that s/he has been harassed or discriminated against in an internship, they are strongly encouraged to report their concerns immediately to UVM's Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity as well as to Pamela K. Gardner, Director of the Career Center . It is critical that students let us know when there is a problem so that we can continue to support students having a successful experience.
If, in the determination of the University, there are reasonable grounds to believe that an employer or individual has discriminated against a UVM student, that employer or individual may be barred from further participation in UVM–supported internship programs.
Where have UVM students done internships?
Many exciting places! Here are just a few.
- American Red Cross
- Cumbancha Records
- Brigham and Women's Hospital
- Chittenden County Public Defenders
- ECHO Leahy Center Lake Champlain
- FletcherAllen Health Care
- Flynn Center for Performing Arts
- Green Mountain Cofee Roasters
- King Street Youth Center
- Logic Supply
- NBC news
- National Science Foundation
- National Geographic
- Office on Senator Patrick Leahy
- Simon and Schuster
- Vermont Public Radio
- Vermont Regugee Resettlement
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