Practice what you learn. Apply what you know.

Students in CALS spend hundreds of hours each year gaining real-world experience through internships. Internships enable students to apply what they've learned in the classroom in a structured and supervised professional setting related to their field of interest. They 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 graudation.

Throughout the summer and academic year, CALS students may be found interning in businesses, nonprofits and government agencies in their communities, around Burlington or even abroad. Internships can be done for credit or not, paid or unpaid, part-time or full-time, and can be built into students' schedules during the academic year or over the summer. 

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    Internship Spotlight: The Sticky Brand

    Public communication major and artist Andrew Salerno interns at Sticky Brand, a Burlington-based sticker and design company founded by UVM alums. With a concentration in visual communications, Andrew has been able to use his internship to hone skills in graphic design, illustration, print production and marketing, and land a full-time job after graduation. 

    "I totally see how my education in design is applicable here and as the company grows I’m excited to see how I can be a part of it."

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Hear from past interns

Check out our YouTube playlist below to hear from CALS students directly about their internship experiences.

Where to Start?

Internship coordinators in each CALS department work closely with students to help them navigate the internship process, from identifying opportunities to earning academic credit. Learn more about internships within each department below.

Students in cross-college majors including Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Environmental Science or Environmental Studies, should contact with questions about finding internships or earning academic credit.

Animal & Veterinary Sciences

Contacts: Lee Andors & Norm Purdie

Community Development & Applied Economics

Contact: Alie Sarhanis

Food Systems

Contact: Alie Sarhanis

Nutrition & Food Sciences

Contact: Paul Kindstedt

Plant Biology

Contact: Dave Barrington

Plant & Soil Science

Contacts: Yolanda Chen & Mark Starrett

Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Contact: Rebecca Guy


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