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Internships engage your strengths, interests, and values, while building your professional network. At the same time, interns build reciprocal relationships with community partners and deepen and apply their academic learning.


Internships provide you with valuable opportunities to gain professional experience, confidence, and skills!

We strongly recommend internships as part of a continuum of experiential learning throughout your time at UVM. Internships can happen over the summer, during a semester and more than once.

Find Internship Opportunities

  • Join a Career Interest Group to learn about what others are doing / have done and hear about opportunties relevant to YOUR interests.
  • Create and save a search on Handshake and other jobs boards - filters can help you discover a range of opportunities.
  • Explore Micro-Interships options (paid, short-term, project-based ops).
  • Focus your search by reflecting on your interests and goals for an internship.
  • Talking with friends, classmates, Interest Group members, faculty advisors, and others you know can help your search.
  • Attend networking and recruiting events like career fairs where you can identify specific opportunities that appeal to you. 
  • If your dream organization doesn't have an internship posted, you can propose your own internship. This requires proactive networking, a good deal of research, and lots of follow through. 
  • Need help? Drop-by

Fund Your Experience

Recognizing that unpaid or minimally paid internships can create a financial burden, UVM offers scholarships for students who need financial assistance to cover costs of living while they complete an internship.  International students - be sure to understand how your immigration status impacts paid internship opportunities by connecting with the Office of International Education.

Summer Internship Scholarships

Earn Academic Credit

To earn academic credit you must enroll in an internship course at the same time that you complete your internship. There are several course options, but all require that internship credit is agreed upon and enrolled in prior to the internship (that is, credit cannot be awarded retroactively for work already completed). Like other academic courses, you must pay tuition for the credit you earn, and the course will require academic work such as reflections, readings, essays, and/or other assignments.

It is crucial to consult with your academic advisor to understand how internship credit would fit in with your graduation plan. The number of credits earned depends on how much academic work you complete and how much time you spend working at your internship. Internship credit earned is most often elective credit, and does not typically count toward major requirements.

You can find a listing of UVM Internship courses at Select Internship under Instruction Method in Advanced Search.

If you are required to earn academic credit for your summer internship but you don't want or need the credits, check out the affordable SINT summer credit option.

For More In-Depth Advice

Check out the step by step videos & tutorials in our Blackboard organization. From building your first resume to landing your first job, our series of self-paced learning modules to help through every stage!

Join us on BlackBoard


Make the Most of Your Internship

Explore the Career Center's Student Internship Guide for quick reference.  

Check out this video from Candid Career for tips on how to make the most out of your internship experience.

The University of Vermont Career Center

Drop-in Hours


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Join an Interest Group

Connect with folks who share your interests and see where they interned; ask a friendly alum for advice; get updates on hot jobs/internships...




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