The Office of Experiential Learning helps Rubenstein School (RSENR) students build skills and experience by providing a diversity of learning opportunities. Our goal is to integrate reflective career development, courses, and co-curricular activities to foster competencies that will make RSENR graduates highly competitive professionals and engaged, effective citizens.

Our office takes a holistic approach to career preparation by supporting participation in community-engaged projects, internships, applied research, and career counseling. We facilitate course-based student development through support of faculty and community partners as they create and implement community-engaged courses and research projects. We work closely with students and employers to build a strong, committed workforce. We team with and address the needs of community partners. At the heart of our work is a demonstrated commitment to student and faculty development and collaborative problem-solving among the School, the University, and the local, national, and international community.

The Office of Experiential Learning is directly linked to Student Services in the Rubenstein School. Our office also works with the UVM Office of Community-Engaged Learning and the UVM Career Center.

Career Counselor & Internship Coordinator

Anna Smiles-Becker

Anna Smiles-Becker

Anna has been part of the Rubenstein School community since 2011. She currently serves as the Career Counselor & Internship Coordinator.  Additionally, she is a First Year Advisor and also supports students in distress. From 2005-2011, she worked at the UVM Career Center as a Career Counselor and Pre-law Advisor. She earned her Master's Degree in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Prior to her graduate work, Anna lived in Washington, DC where she worked for two nonprofit organizations for a number of years. She attended the University of Vermont as an undergraduate student. She greatly enjoys talking with students and alumni about their interests, passions, and life directions.

Her professional interests include, but are not limited to, experiential learning, career development, social justice, as well as student support and empowerment. Some of her outside-of-work-passions include outdoor adventures, social justice, local community involvement, jewelry and card making, as well as spending time with family and friends.