Mentored internships for all majors!

In CAS's Communities of Practice 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 like any other course! See below for current program offerings. 

(Please note that the Legislative program and the Student Legal Services intern program require 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.

The Communities of Practice program 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 courses are open to students of all majors at UVM. Sophomore year standing required except in rare cases.

Sustainable Urban 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 urban planning issues a Vermont community is facing.

Enroll in CAS 2920 A

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Nonprofits & Social Change

Vermont has approximately 6,276 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. 

Enroll in CAS 2920 C

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Environmental Stewardship & Restoration

The Environmental Stewardship Internship Program brings together UVM students with conservation professionals from around Vermont to further the stewardship and promotion of Vermont’s natural resources into the future.

Enroll in CAS 2920 D

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Legislative Internship Program

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By becoming a part of the Legislature, you will engage with not only legislators but also professionals uniquely involved with real-world issues you may care about. All students will develop professional skills while working in a fast-paced environment.

Application required

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Student Legal Services

Student Legal Services (SLS) provides UVM students with free legal advice and is the oldest continuous student-run legal program in the country (founded in 1977). Interns for the SLS program play a crucial role in the functioning of the program--working with consulting attorneys to intake and process legal concerns.

Application required

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706 students have participated in Communities of Practice to date!