Although we offer internship credits, most do not seek credit, but see these internships as strategies for gaining practical experience and networking opportunities. We recognize that students typically have financial demands of tuition, housing, travel, and other personal expenses, and that unpaid/under-paid internships (while offering great experience) can also create a financial burden. To assist you, there are several funding sources that provide scholarship money for students who need financial assistance in order to accept an unpaid internship. Learn more about internship scholarships.
Many of our students undertake internships abroad or in the U.S. with direct relevance to their GRS degrees—in businesses, government, media, international organizations like the United Nations, and international non-profit organizations working in fields of sustainable development, health, and environment.
NGO Internship in India
Jocelyn Young-Hyman shared her experiences after studying abroad in India: “I recently completed four amazing months in India, first studying abroad in Jaipur and then interning with the non-governmental organization, Jatan Sansthan, in Udaipur . . . During my classroom phase, I took courses in Hindi. For the second phase of my program, I completed an internship with Jatan Sansthan [a grassroots not-for-profit organization working with the rural population of the state of Rajasthan]. The majority of my time was spent meeting with women and youth groups who were being educated about safe sex, the sex ratio issue in India and women’s rights."
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Note: Internship credits are available only for the semester in which you are doing the work. In order to receive credits, you need to be enrolled for internship credits at UVM. If you do take a semester of leave from UVM to do an internship, you could consider doing an independent study when you get back on campus, deepening your knowledge of themes you learned about while working as an intern.