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The end of the spring semester marks the completion of another academic year, but for an increasing number of College of Arts and Sciences students, it’s also the advent of an extraordinary experience that will have a big impact on their future career direction: a summer internship.

The internship is a vitally important tool in our work towards inspiring, educating and preparing students to become the next generation of leaders. Our student interns not only gain real-world job experience, but also a clearer perspective on how their intellectual pursuits can lead to rewarding careers.

Emily Kunsman ’19 was engaged in an internship with Yale University’s Social Cognitive Development Lab over the summer. “I’m interested in developmental psychology and this internship is all about how children think and reason about their social worlds and how their cognitions differ across development,” she said. “My experience really complements my work at UVM and I’m excited to apply what I’ve learned over the summer.”

Anabel Sosa ’18 worked as an intern at the Climate Museum in New York City. Being on the ground floor of a fledgling NGO was a transformative experience. “I think the museum will be a catalyst to new ways of thinking about climate change, and be a place where we can come up with real solutions for the future.”

One of the things these students have in common is they received support for internships through the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Scholarship Program, which covers up to $2,500 in travel and living expenses, or the Plotkin Arts Internship Scholarship, which also provides up to $2,500 in scholarship aid for students who participate in an arts-related career opportunity.

CAS is committed to providing this important support because many valuable internships are unpaid, or only provide a small stipend. Students who might otherwise be priced out of an internship get the support they need to gain transformative learning experiences.

And we are able to meet this commitment in large part through the commitment of involved alumni like Sandy Plotkin ’65, who established the Plotkin scholarship in 2015.

We honor Sandy’s continued support to provide these enriching experiences for a new generation of CAS students, and we welcome gifts from other alumni who would like to join the effort. There’s a website that will make it very easy to donate: visit


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