Cohort-style internships directed by professionals currently working in their fields.

In CAS's Communities of Practice internship program, interns work in teams to build their skills in research, writing, communications and advocacy while completing work in a professional setting for non-UVM clients. Since summer 2019, groups of undergraduate students have been working under the mentorship of news editors, marketing strategists, and researchers to get a feel for the world of internships.

Interning under the College of Arts & Sciences' Communities of Practice model is ideal for students who are taking a first step into work-based learning, or who want to work with multiple community partners and professionals.


Legislative Internship & Policy Center

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Vermont's citizen legislators have no professional staff. The Legislative Internship Center pairs students with legislators to do a range of work from responding to constituents, policy research, event coordination and logistics support. Students gain professional experience and get a first hand look at policy-making up close. 

Apply now for Spring 2022 (deadline: November 19, 2021)

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Hear from our students

Angela Camacho-DeSousa ('21, Political Science) interned in Spring 2021 with Vermont State Senator Kesha Ram and is a student leader for the Legislative Internship Center.


Community News Service

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Student interns work with a professional editor to write stories for local community newspapers and statewide media outlets like VT Student work has appeared in dozens of media outlets including The Other Paper, The Hinesburg Record, The Winooski News, the Stowe Reporter, The Rutland Herald, The Burlington Free Press, Vermont Public Radio and many more.

Enroll in course number AS-189 A or ENGS 192 C

Course full? Join the waitlist. (New sections will be added according to demand)

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Hear from our students

Rachel Conner interviews CAS student Juli Badics, an anthropology and studio art major who is interning as a student illustrator for The Community News Service. Follow @julcsart on Instagram to see more of Juli's art.

A note from the editor...

UVM students — Vermont communities need you!

I invite you to sign up for the Community News Service, an internship program where student reporters are matched with small local news outlets. Reporters cover essential news that readers would otherwise never get.

As swaths of local newspapers go out of business, lawmakers, media observers, journalists and many others are sounding the alarm — the increasing lack of local news coverage is an existential threat to American democracy.

If this concerns you, consider joining. Professional editors on staff guide student reporters as they go about doing essential and impactful journalism. I'm passionate about the program because my love for journalism started here at UVM at The Vermont Cynic, and since UVM I've been a reporter and editor with bylines at The Associated Press, NBC News, The Burlington Free Press and VTDigger, and I've earned a master's degree in journalism.

Stories are read widely, and there are opportunities to have important stories elevated to major statewide news outlets. This is an opportunity to both bolster civic engagement on the local level and jump-start a writing career with published work.

Contact editor Cory Dawson ( with any questions, or sign up for AS-189A to dive in. Reach out to Richard Watts ( if you need an override, to adjust credits, or if you have any trouble signing up for the program.

You may also be interested in a new opportunity to support Vermont’s small towns through web design, communications, research, community organizing and more. The internship is part of the new Project 14 Civic Infrastructure initiative. Email Meg Little Reilly for more information or see below under "Local Democracy & Vermont Research." 

We'd love to have you,



Local Democracy Internship

Democracy – Vermont Style

Investigate the most urgent questions facing Vermont’s 251 towns and villages today. From police budgets and changing demographics to gender bias and Town Meeting Day, we are exploring the challenges and successes of the most direct and participatory democracy in the nation to understand what’s working and what’s not. 

Projects may include working directly with a small Vermont town helping with interactive media, video, web design, communications and more. Or conducting Vermont research; charts and graphics, quantitative and/or qualitative information gathering and more.

Enroll in course number AS-189 E

Course full? Join the waitlist. (New sections will be added according to demand)

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Communications (social media, marketing and more...)

Work with a professional to create promotional content, craft social media messaging, analyze key metrics, and coordinate communications strategies. Work on either managing and or creating content for a number of social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube.

Students will gain skills in strategic communications and social media, building their networks, resumes, and portfolios along the way. Students will learn to deliver daily content that will be viewed by thousands for community clients. Social media marketing experience and content creation experience are useful but not required. Critical thinking, writing and communications skills key.

Students may also support book publishing projects, and do policy research on projects undertaken by Vermont researchers.

Enroll in course number AS-189 B or ENGS 192 B

Course full? Join the waitlist. (New sections will be added according to demand)

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Hear from our students

Rachel Conner interviews CAS student Ali Drew (Environmental Studies, '22) about her communications internship for the College of Arts and Sciences through the Communities of Practice program. 



Energy & Transportation Planning

Students will be assigned to sustainable transportation projects that match their interests and academic goals, with a final project that involves publishing a story (or multiple stories) about actual sustainable transportation issues a Vermont community is facing.

Enroll in course number AS-189 C or GEOG 191 B

Course full? Join the waitlist. (New sections will be added according to demand)

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Hear from our students

Join the spring 2021 STVT interns for a discussion about how their internships will help them in their future careers. Nathan Greenstein ('22, Environmental Studies), Alicia Brisson ('22, Environmental Studies), and Joanna Mullen ('22, Environmental Studies).