Religion intern students

Preparing students to be effective citizens and leaders in a real-world setting.

The Religion Department is pleased to support a semesterly internship opportunity in collaboration with UVM's Interfaith Center. The student selected for this position will work with Laura Engelken, the director of the Interfaith Center, in support of the IC's core mission: to equip and empower individuals, and the university as a whole, to engage more comfortably and competently with matters of spirituality and religion. This effort is a matter of equity and social justice, as it is about creating a university environment that enables students, staff, and faculty to bring their full selves to their work, studies, and social engagement--including their spiritual and religious identities. It is also a matter of preparing students to be effective citizens and leaders who are able to engage and collaborate with individuals and groups who possess core values and understandings that may be different from their own.

This internship will provide students an opportunity to:

  • Understand and articulate the importance of engaging spirituality and religion in higher education, particularly at a public institution.
  • Increase their own religious literacy and assist in developing and implementing opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to do so as well.
  • Develop programming, marketing, organizational, interfaith leadership, and interpersonal skills.

Internship tasks and projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist with the effective functioning of the Interfaith Center, helping create an informative and inviting space for all visitors.
  • Represent the Interfaith Center in outreach efforts (e.g., tabling, flyering, presentations) to engage students, staff, and faculty with the Interfaith Center and its programs and services.
  • Assist with social media, identifying and creating resources, and producing marketing and educational materials.
  • Support general programming and professional development opportunities for students, staff, and faculty.

The intern will work an average of 10 hours per week during the fall. This is a for-credit internship (3 credits is the typical load). The student intern registers for AS 190, an online course offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, which is how credit is given for student internships.

Applicants should be a Religion major or minor. Students interested in this position should submit an application by email to Professor Thomas Borchert, Chair of the religion department. Include a statement about what interests you about this internship and what you think you would bring to it. Include your name, year, and a CV or resume.

Contact Information

Thomas Borchert, Religion Department Chair
Old Mill Annex A503
Burlington, VT 05405
(802) 656-3488

Interfaith Center Coordinator
400 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05405