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Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont

Community Development and Applied Economics

Student Experiences

"Working through the frustrations, achievements, and challenges of this project has enriched my life, and has changed my outlook on what it takes to work in the international development field."
Student Participant in Honduras course

"This trip has shed new light on the over-used phrase 'sustainable development.'
Sustainable development involves a great deal of research and committment, as well as an abundance of time, labor, and passion.
Student Participant in St. Lucia course


Student Opportunities in CDAE

Current Opportunities

Applied Permaculture Farm, Food & Marketing Internships - Wild Branch Foods, Charlotte, VT

Wild Branch Foods is seeking 3-5 interns for projects during the 2014 growing and production season. Projects and work will be based at Eleven Acre Farm in Charlotte, VT, and at other associated farms and projects. Selected interns will be expected to work hard and will have opportunity to develop a wide range of skills and disciplines in applied Permaculture.

Wild Branch Foods makes super healthy herbal products using farm fresh ingredients grown by our farmer/owners and local VT farms. We promote and use Permaculture and Agroforestry methods for growing and producing food and medicine. 2014 Summer projects in biochar, biomass heat, compost heat, Rocket heaters, drying houses, greenhouses, tiny houses, and more.

Positions Available: (1-2) Marketing intern; (2-3) Field/Farm/Forage interns; (2-3) Production interns.

Qualifications: 3-4 years of secondary studies and/or related work experience within desired internship category;

Requirements: 24 hours per week done in 3-4 days. Willingness to work hard and see to the successful completion of projects; Must provide own transportation and housing; Work long hard days in all weather environs to get required tasks complete; provide own apparel, basic tools, and safety gear.

Compensation: Hands on experience on innovative farm and apothecary projects. Free products and produce from farm projects; bulk foods available, Opportunity for paid work may be available; Discounts on course and workshops at our farms.

Click here to read the full position descriptions (PDF)

Research Intern - Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee

Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee, a pioneer in the fair trade and Organic coffee industry, is seeking a research intern. Dean's Beans is collaborating with a farmer’s cooperative in Nicaragua to value the unpaid work of women in the coffee supply chain and would like to bolster their effort with concrete research. The intern will learn about Dean's Beans' unique business model, study their supply chain, and report on the work of women – paid or unpaid – along their supply chain. The intern will then assist the company in drafting a development plan for valuing the unpaid work of women in other cooperatives that we work with. For more information, please email Michael.

Leland International Hunger Fellows Program

During each two-year fellowship cycle, 12-15 Leland Fellows are placed with international development organizations that include international and local NGOs, U.S. government agencies and multilateral organizations. Fellows work on a variety of food security issues, such as agricultural development, nutrition, natural resource management, agribusiness development and women’s empowerment.

The program begins with a one-year field placement in a developing country in Asia, Africa, or Latin America. Field activities often include research, program design and implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of projects.

Find out more about the Leland International Fellows Program here.

More Opportunities

Through our many Service Learning opportunities, students enrolled in CDAE classes make a difference, doing real work in the real communities.

CDAE students are constanty and consistently contributing to communities in Vermont and around the world through internships, research, and service learning in Vermont, and internationally (in Honduras, St. Lucia and Belize).

Project Areas for CDAE's Service Learning Classes in Vermont and abroad

  • Mobile home recycling programs
  • Creating a sustainable future for Vermont's Mad River Valley Communities
  • Working with the Burlington Railyard to create a more community-friendly location
  • Event planning for Burlington's annual Winter Festival
  • Appropriate Technology for Small-Scale Sugar Producers, Honduras
  • Elementary Education, Honduras
  • Women's Small Business, Honduras
  • Water Systems Engineering, Honduras
  • Ecotourism, Honduras
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Independence in Small Island Regions
  • Consumer Affairs, St. Lucia
  • Ecological Economics, St. Lucia
  • Sustainable Development, St. Lucia
Do these sound like projects that you might be interested in?

Check out our majors and minors or email us to set up a meeting to discuss the program.

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