Student Opportunities | College of Agriculture and Life Sciences | The University of Vermont(title)

At UVM you'll get plenty of opportunities to put theory into practice, with experiential learning options in cutting-edge research projects, internships with outside groups, community-service work, and a wealth of student-run organizations and career-building experiences.
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Undergraduate research

Our students find many opportunities to conduct significant scholarly research. The CALS Distinguished Undergraduate Research Program enables students to receive close faculty mentorship.

Undergraduate research
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CALS students spend thousands of hours each year in internships and other hands-on learning experiences with government agencies, industry leading corporations like Burton Snowboards and Seventh Generation and model nonprofits like Shelburne Farms and the Burlington Intervale.

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CREAM, the Cooperative in Real Education for Agricultural Management, is a student-run dairy herd and proven training ground for pre-vet students, as well as those interested in small business and entrepreneurial studies.


250+ student-led organizations

Clubs especially popular with CALS students include Dairy Club, Dressage Team, Entrepreneurship Club, Equestrian Team, Horticulture Club, Pre-PA Club, Pre-Vet Club, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Club, Student Dietetics Association, The Vermont Cynic, UVM Beekeepers, and 90.1 WRUVFM Burlington.

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Consumer Assistance Program

This partnership with the VT Attorney General gives students in-the-trenches policy experience helping Vermonters resolve conflicts with businesses, protect themselves from fraud, and deal with a host of other issues.

Consumer Assistance Program
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Pre-medical Enhancement Program

This program provides students interested in careers in medicine with exceptional shadowing opportunities, one-to-one mentorship with UVM medical students and faculty physicians, and a guaranteed interview at the UVM Larner College of Medicine (pending satisfactory performance on the MCAT).

Pre-medical/Pre-health Enhancement Program
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Travel study programs

CALS faculty can take you around the world to study conservation of the Galapagos Islands and tropical Andes; public health and food systems in Kenya; community development in Peru; plant diversity in Costa Rica; education, gender and development in Nepal; community development in St. Lucia.

Learn more about the many travel study options in CALS
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Peace Corps

Peace Corp preparation that develops leadership and intercultural skills is one reason UVM ranks high among mid-sized universities for number of volunteers entering the Corps and other international service organizations.

Peace Corps at UVM