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! See below for current program offerings. 

(Please note that the Legislative Intern Program requires an application)

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!


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

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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 publications 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 in ENGS.

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Sustainable Transportation (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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Local Democracy (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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Nonprofits & Social Change (AS-189 F)

Vermont has approximately 6,175 nonprofit organizations. How will you get involved? The Nonprofits & Social Change internship program allows students to intern directly with organizations that are working to positively impact Vermont's communities. Internships may include the a variety of tasks: i.e. communications, marketing, and outreach; policy development, needs analysis, and data management; administrative and operations; fundraising, grant writing, financial; direct service; and research. 

Enroll in AS-189 F

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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

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Winter/Spring 2023: Legislative Internship & Policy Center

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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). Students will be required to enroll during both Winter and Spring semester for a total of 5 credits.

Special application window open! 11/18-11/28. Apply now!

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