STEP 1: Verify your eligibility.
The Vermont Intern Program is funded by the State of Vermont, with the goal of introducing college students and recent graduates to the diversity of career opportunities in the state. Any of the following individuals are eligible:
- students currently matriculated in an undergraduate or graduate degree at a Vermont College or University,
- students from Vermont and enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree out of state, or
- any recent graduate up to two years post-graduation currently living in Vermont.
You do not have to be a member of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility to participate.
STEP 2: Choose an internship to apply for.
Our list of available internships is updated regularly, and includes a variety of sectors, skill levels, locations and levels of responsibility. All positions are paid.
IMPORTANT: Please do not contact these employers directly!
The employers who use our program do so with the understanding that we will route applications for them. We appreciate your participation in the application process as outlined below – it is designed to give you the best chance possible of getting an internship. Contacting employers directly only reduces the number of people we can count as having served, and inhibits our ability to secure future funding for this program. Thank you!
STEP 3: Prepare your application materials.
Update your resume and draft any required materials, such as a cover letter addressed to the employer.
A good cover letter is concise, customized to the position, and addresses the following questions:
- Which position are you applying for?
- How is this particular internship connected to your professional goals?
- How do you connect with the employer’s mission?
- What makes you qualified for this particular internship? (Reference the qualifications they seek)
- If not detailed in your resume, how/where did you learn these skills?
- What personal strengths would be valuable to an employer or a team?
Visit our intern toolbox for templates, tips and search tools.
Unless specified otherwise, use the following naming conventions: CoverLetter_FirstNameLastName and Resume_FirstNameLastName and save the documents as PDF files. Be sure to double check for errors and accuracy!!
STEP 4: Apply for an internship or submit your application materials for review.
At any time you can view our list of available internships and apply or submit your materials for review using a simple online form. The form collects your contact information and allows you upload your cover letter, resume and any other documents the employer may require. There are two different ways internships are applied for:
1) Via Email
For most of the positions we list, you will complete a simple online form. The form collects your contact information and allows you to upload your cover letter, resume and any other documents the employer may require. The form and the materials you upload will constitute your “application.” Once submitted, your application will be forwarded via email to the employer, who will review your application and if interested, contact you for an interview. From this point forward, you should expect to communicate directly with the employer. Vermont Intern Program staff are available if you need extra assistance. Note that each position you wish to apply for requires a separate application – even if the positions are with the same employer.
2) Via Employer Website
For some of the positions we list, the Vermont Intern Program will assist you with preparing your application materials, but you will actually apply for the position on the employer’s website. In this case, you will upload your materials using one of our forms, and our office will review them. We will respond to you within 1-2 business days with the link to apply, along with any suggestions for improving your application. Note that it is your responsibility to complete the application process!
STEP 5: Contact us to redeem your FREE membership to VBSR.
If you get an internship, please let us know! Any intern placed through our program is eligible for a FREE membership to Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR). In addition, our funding from the State of Vermont requires us to track interns placed through our program, and we are not always notified of intern hires by employers, so your communication is greatly appreciated.
The Vermont Intern program is funded in part by the Vermont Department of Labor’s Workforce Education and Training Fund. Our purpose is to expose young people in Vermont to the diversity of career opportunities in the state.