University of Vermont

College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Science

Student Internships

Why do an internship?

  • Hands-on Learning—Take what you’ve learned in the classroom and test it in the real world.
  • Self-Directed Learning—In collaboration with your host and advisor, you decide what to learn, how to learn it, and how you’ll demonstrate your learning.
  • Be Part of the Solution—Help farmers discover ways to make the food or ornamental horticulture system more environmentally sound, economically viable, and socially just.
  • Earn Money and Credit—Internship hosts may pay a wage or stipend or offer free room and board.

Student Role and Responsibilities

Students are responsible for identifying suitable internship hosts with the internship coordinator, providing the internship coordinator with weekly updates via E-mail, and giving PSS faculty and peers a presentation at the conclusion of the internship.

Examples of Internstop Positions/Projects

  • Growing vegetables organically.
  • Exploring integrated pest management for an apple orchard.
  • Intercropping to enhance soil health and reduce weed and pest problems.
  • Designing rotations for a dairy farmer who uses intensive pasture management.
  • Designing and building a farm stand or hoop house.
  • Developing a composting system.

Credits and Products

Students should be enrolled in PSS 158 (1 credit) which is graded on a pass/no pass basis. However, students may earn up to 3 credits depending upon whether or not their internship involves more extensive research activities.

Please Direct all Questions and Comments to the Internship Program Coordinators

Mark Starrett (802) 656-0467 Yolanda Chen (802) 656-2627

Last modified November 24 2014 07:32 AM