Our students participate in a variety of experiential learning opportunities including community-engaged learning, travel study, research and internships.
This is an effective, rewarding way to teach and learn that integrates community-based projects in the curriculum. We work with countless local, regional, and international partners to give students experience in long-term project development, planning, and execution as well as the background, context, and lenses through which to view their work. Visit the Community Engaged Learning Office for more information about Community-Engaged Learning at UVM.
Learn more about our civic and service learning courses
Cultivating Community-Engaged Citizens (CDAE 195: Community Action Toolbox)
Students Helping Students “Thrive” During Covid-19 (CDAE 112: Social Media - Theory 2 Practice)
Policy in Action (CDAE 159: Consumer Law in Action)
Learning By Doing (CDAE 250: Research Methods)
Legislature as Laboratory (CDAE 123: Media Policy Action)
Our short-term travel study courses allow students to spend 1-2 weeks in a foreign country examining a particular topic such as social justice, food access, gender equality, education, and sustainable development. All travel study programs are led by a faculty member from our department who facilitates learning while exposing students to international settings. We have programs in Kenya, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Peru and Nepal. Visit UVM Travel Study for more information about travel courses at UVM.
Learn more about our travel study courses
- In St. Lucia, Practicing Community Development through Service Learning
- Continuing Community Development in Peru
- In the course CDAE/NFS 295: Sustainable Development & Education: Kenya, students develop projects, learn about Kenyan culture and prepare to work in the field in two communities in Kenya.
Students interested in research are encouraged to speak with their academic advisor about the many different ways to get involved. Our students pursue research through their coursework, assisting a faculty member with data collection, designing an independent study, partnering with UVM Extension, assisting the Center for Rural Studies or applying for a fellowship opportunity.
Learn more about undergraduate research opportunities
- Office of Fellowship Opportunities and Undergraduate Research (FOUR)
- CALS Undergraduate Research Opportunities
- CALS Honors College
- Center for Rural Studies (CRS)
- NFS REU Site in Vermont & Uganda
- CDAE Independent Study
- CDAE Faculty Research
Each year, over 100 CDAE students partake in internship opportunities with a variety of organizations including businesses, nonprofits and government agencies. Through internships, our students gain real-world experience that enable them to apply what they've learned in the classroom in a structured and supervised professional setting related to their field of interest. Internships offer a chance for students to get a taste of what a future career path might look like, while gaining valuable resume-boosting experience that can often lead to a job after graduation.
Learn more about our internship opportunities