We strongly encourage students to engage in internships, independent study and research, supervised field studies and practicum projects as an integral part of their undergraduate education. Whether credits are earned, or not, we endorse hands-on learning through extra-curricular activities, volunteer or paid positions, workshops, and apprenticeships. Exposure to different activities, people, work settings, mentors, skills practiced and applied is useful and rewarding.
The Environmental Program places a high value on experiential education.
Lessons in Environmental Leadership
UVM’s strong reputation for matching environmental values with behavior is one of the things that drew Brianna Jasset '21, a native of Newton, Mass., to Burlington. Now a junior, she’s learning how to be a leader for environmental change on campus and in her adopted community.
“In high school I was interested in doing simple things like taking shorter showers, using fewer plastics, recycling. I wanted to make change on a larger scale but I didn’t know how. That’s what I came here for.”
Her College of Arts and Sciences internship with Sustainable Transportation Vermont (SVT) introduced her to the nitty-gritty of policy, research and advocacy, all important factors in changing human behavior in the face of global warming. The internship was facilitated by Richard Watts, director of the Center for Research on Vermont and coordinator of the CAS Internship Program, and STV researcher Jack Hansen, who also serves on the Burlington City Council.
“I never thought of myself as going to city council meetings or neighborhood planning association meetings. But I’ve done a lot of that at UVM, especially through our work to establish bike lanes on Winooski Avenue. The opportunities Jack and Richard gave me helped me gained a lot of insights.”