Mentored internships for all majors!

In CAS's Communities of Practice internship program, interns work in teams to build their skills while completing work in a professional setting for external organizations. Some will work 1:1 with an organization, while others will focus on a particular project or group of projects for community partners. 

To join, just enroll in AS-189! More information about internship matches will come out in late summer.

Program details:

After enrolling in one of the COP courses you will be matched with an organization in need of student help. The faculty mentors who lead each COP are either currently working or retired from the field in which they specialize. Their professional experience helps make this internship program more valuable to you as an emerging professional.

Interning under the 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. These programs are open to students of all majors at UVM. Sophomore year standing required except in rare cases.

While much of your work will take place on campus or remotely, you may want or be asked to visit community organizations during the course of your work. If you're concerned about transportation, please reach out to your faculty member!

To get started, see the programs listed below and check the Schedule of Courses for current offerings.


The Community News Service (AS-189 A / AS-189 B)

A student records an event in a lecture hall

CAS's premiere student-newspaper collaboration. 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, AS 189 B, or their crosslisted sections.

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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.


Energy & Transportation Planning (AS-189 C)

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. Past students have worked with CATMA, Burlington Walk Bike Council, CCRPC, and the UVM Sustainability Office

Enroll in course number AS 189 C

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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). 


Local Democracy Internship (AS-189 E)

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. This internship is extremely malleable to your individual interests and needs.

Enroll in course number AS-189 E

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Public Health (AS-189 F)

This Community of Practice focuses on public health, a vast subject area, by allowing students to engage with a variety of organizations, projects and initiatives. If you have a passion for improving the quality of life for Vermont’s residents, you can help make change by participating in this internship that will pair you with organizations working to ensure the physical, psychological and social well-being of Vermonters. Open to all majors from all colleges.

Enroll in AS-189 F or the crosslisted sections in HSOC or HSCI

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*NEW!* Environmental Stewardship and Resilience (AS-189 G)

Focused on the field of environmental policy, this new Community of Practice will place students with government agencies and organizations. This program is still in development, but possible placements include departments within ANR, but also DPS, VTrans, Agriculture, Commerce and others.Also possible are placements with environmental and conservation groups such as the Vermont Land Trust, VNRC, EAN. Ideally, several students will also work with the new State Climate Action Office.

Students skilled in or looking to develop skills in communications, environmental studies, science, and more are invited to participate! All majors welcome.

Enroll in AS-189 G

Winter/Spring 2023: Legislative Internship & Policy Center (AS-189 D and AS-189 H)

campus - Old Mill at night

Students gain professional experience and get a first hand look at policy-making up close by interning directly with state legislators during the Vermont legislative session (January-May).

Application form coming soon! Email Liz First-Raddock for more information.

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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.