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Resources and FAQs

How to Write a Resume & Cover Letter

Most of our partner organizations will ask you submit a resume and cover letter as a part of your application. If you would like assistance with your resume and cover letter, stop by the Career + Experience Hub on the first floor of the Davis Center.  The Career + Experience Hub offers drop-in hours daily and lots of helpful workshops.

You can also meet with a career counselor at the UVM Career Center for individualized assistance. In addition, the Career Center has information on how to find scholarships and other funding for your internship or service-learning program.

How to Fund Your Global Internship

Students participating in a global internship or service-learning experience may be eligible for scholarships or grants that can help pay part of the program fee and other expenses. For more information, contact UVM’s Career Center by email at career@uvm.edu or by phone at 802-656-3450.

Students participating in UVM’s online International Internship and Service-Learning course may also be eligible for the UVM Summer Loan or other forms of financial aid. For more information, contact Student Financial Services by email at sfs@uvm.edu or by phone at 802-656-5700.

Need help getting connected? Contact CDE advisor Alessandra Capossela at acaposse@uvm.edu.

FAQ

What is the UVM global internship program?
UVM’s global internship program helps students connect with five different organizations that UVM has partnered with to provide internship and service-learning experiences all over the world. All of the five organizations specialize in international internship and service-learning placements for college students and offer a wide variety of opportunities in a number of different countries.

Who are UVM’s partner organizations?
UVM has partnered with:

You can find more information about each organization by clicking on the hyperlinks above or by going to our Partner Organizations webpage.

How do I get in touch with the organizations I’m interested in?
Feel free to contact any of the organizations to learn more about their internship and service-learning opportunities. Contact information for each organization is listed below, as well as on our Partner Organizations webpage.

How do I apply for an internship or service-learning placement?
Applications for an internship or service-learning placement are submitted directly to the organization that you are interested in working with. Links to the online applications are listed below, as well as on our Partner Organizations webpage.

Where can I go?
UVM’s five partner organizations offer an exciting array of locations for your internship or service-learning placement. You can choose locations in Argentina, Australia, China, Costa Rica, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and Spain, among others. For more information, visit our Choosing a Program webpage.

Which fields can I work in?
There are numerous fields you can consider when choosing an internship or service-learning placement. Examples include Advertising & Marketing, Education and Public Policy, Environmental Sustainability, Finance, Public Health, and Tourism & Hospitality. To learn more about the different opportunities available, visit our Partner Organizations webpage.

Do I have to speak another language to receive a placement?
While most internship and service-learning placements do not require proficiency in another language, some in Central and South America prefer that interns have a working knowledge of Spanish (the level of proficiency varies among placements). You can find more information on our Choosing a Program webpage.

Some organizations also offer language classes to supplement your internship or service-learning placement. To learn more, visit our Partner Organizations webpage.

Can I participate in an internship or service-learning placement the summer after I graduate?
In most cases, yes. However, eligibility guidelines may vary by organization. For more information, visit our Partner Organizations webpage.

Where will I live while I’m abroad?
Living arrangements vary depending on the nature and location of your placement. Some students will live in a dorm on a local college campus with other students participating in an internship or service-learning placements. Others may live in an apartment or home-stay, arranged with the help of the organization they are working with. You can find specific information about available living arrangements by visiting our Partner Organizations webpage.

Will I be interning with other students?
While there will likely be other students (from UVM and elsewhere) working with the same global internship coordinator in the same city as you are, you may find that you are the only international intern at your specific placement. For more information about specific placement arrangements, feel free to contact our partner organizations.

Will I have free time and time to travel during my internship or service-learning placement?
Yes. In most cases, students will intern during the week and have evenings and weekends free for sight-seeing, exploring, and short day trips. Some organizations even offer weekend excursions for their interns at different points over the summer.

How long are the placements?
The length of your internship or service-learning placement will vary depending on the nature and location of your placement. While some placements may be as short as four or six weeks, others may last up to ten weeks. We encourage students to plan to intern for a minimum of six weeks to get as much out of the experience as possible.

What are the dates of the placements?
Start and end dates for the internship and service-learning placements vary. Most will start in mid-to- late May or early to mid-June.

Am I paid for my internship or service-learning placement?
No. As a result of visa regulations and other factors, none of the internship or service-learning placements is paid.

How much does the program cost?
Costs and fees vary depending on the location and duration of your placement. We encourage students to budget for a program fee ranging from $3,750 to $5,500 for an eight-week internship. In most cases, airfare, visa costs, meals, and spending money are not included in the program fee.

Can I get credit for my internship or service-learning placement?
Yes. UVM offers an online International Internship and Service-Learning course for students participating in a UVM global internship. This is a 3-credit course that can be taken for either CDAE or GRS credit at the 100-level.

What is the online International Internship and Service-Learning course?
The online International Internship and Service-Learning course allows UVM students participating in the global internship programming to connect from all over the world while participating in their internships. The course is designed to enhance the international internship and service-learning experience by providing students with opportunities to work on intercultural competency and communication skills, compare and contrast cultural differences in the workplace, and reflect on and share their experiences with their peers. For more information about the course, please contact course instructors Meg and Jay Ashman at Meg.Ashman@uvm.edu and Jay.Ashman@uvm.edu

Can I take any other courses for credit while I intern?
In some cases, students may be able to earn departmental or transfer credit for their internship or service-learning experience. Questions about earning departmental or transfer credit are best directed to your academic advisor.

CET in Shanghai, China, also offers two content courses that have been pre-approved for UVM transfer credit: Chinese Economy & Asian Economic Integration and Politics and Governance in China. For more information, visit the China Today and Summer Internship webpage.

Where can I get help choosing a placement?
We welcome your questions! For help getting started with the internship and service-learning placement process, please contact CDE advisor Alessandra Capossela at acaposse@uvm.edu

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