University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Geography

Student Opportunities

Academic Programs for Learning and Engagement (APLE) in the Department of Geography

The Department of Geography has interesting opportunities for undergraduate as well as graduate students. We have an active internship program, students occasionally participate in field and laboratory research projects with our faculty, and we offer an honors research thesis program. Geography students also get opportunities during class time to work with professionals in the field on real-life issues.

Internship Program

The Department of Geography offers the opportunity to undertake internships off-campus to prepare students for an exciting world of applied Geography. Participating agencies include Northern Cartographics, Action Research, Women Helping Battered Women, Toward Freedom, Vermont Senate, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, Winooski Waste Water Treatment Facility, Burlington Housing Authority, National Weather Service, U.S. Forest Service, Associates in Rural Development, Vermont Public Radio, Vermont Cares, Mountain Pride Media, Shelburne Museum, State of Vermont, and The Nature Conservancy. Fill out the Internship Agreement Form (PDF). See recent student research projects below.

Recent job, internship, award programs, studentship, and graduate fellowship announcements


Department of Geography

Oaklawn Foundation International Study Award Program 2018-19

Up to $5000 of scholarships to be awarded

This scholarship offers Geography majors the opportunity to subsidize their study abroad experience through the generous support of the Oaklawn Foundation. Students may use the funds toward costs of a travel course or study abroad experience through the Geography Department or an affiliated program at UVM, or through a program whose transfer credits are recognized by UVM (e.g. SIT, Butler, IHP). Funds may be spent within three semesters of application (i.e. Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019, Fall 2019 in the current round of funding).


Application Process:

Please send your application to Claire Robinson-White, 200 Old Mill

Email or telephone 6-2063

  • Deadline for application: TBA
  • 500-word max. description of how the proposed study abroad program or travel course fits with your other studies as a Geography major
  • Proposed budget with estimated costs (e.g. air travel, train, etc.)
  • One letter of support from a Geography Faculty member to be submitted directly to Claire Robinson-White (plan ahead – meet with your advisor soon!)

Questions? Please email Prof. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, Chair, Department of Geography.



GIVE- Volunteer Aboard Opportunity!

When working as a GIVE volunteer you will work alongside locals to build schools out of recyclable materials, install fresh water systems, teach English, implement artificial reefs, and help to protect critically endangered species. Become a part of our GIVE family and empower local villages inThailand, Laos, Nicaragua, and Tanzania!

You will be immersed in the culture of your host country and go on raw adventures! This includes (but is most definitely not limited to): overnight safaris, hanging with elephants for 3 days, sand-boarding down an active volcano, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins and sharks in tropical waters, surfing, cave exploration, and much, MUCH more!

Now is the time: Change your life. Change the world. And Be the Roots of Change! Come meet us to learn more about volunteeringand how to get academic credit! Remember, our meetings are on GIVE is having information sessions onThursday September 28thThe meetings will be held inThe Davis Center, room 415 (Handy Family Room)starting at10:00, 10:45, 11:30, 12:15, 1:00, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15, 4:00, and 5:00

Bring your friends! Feel free to stay for the whole meeting or come and go as you please! You can also visitour website for more information at and watch our Flagship video at this link:


Global Engagement Team


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