About RACC Undergraduate Internships

RACC Undergraduate Summer Internships

The Undergraduate Internship Program offers students the opportunity to participate in current research conducted through the Research on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Lake Champlain Basin (RACC) program. Undergraduates selected to participate in the RACC program will be matched with a research team of faculty and graduate students working on the transdisciplinary RACC research program. In April, research teams give an oral presentation or poster presentation of their research results. As part of this program, students do full-time research for 10 weeks with a faculty member in one of the following areas:

  • Computer Programming
  • Lake Ecology
  • Climatology
  • Water Chemistry & Microbiology
  • Soil Nutrients
  • Land Use Management
  • Lake Hydrodynamics
  • Environmental Policy & Management
  • Watershed Ecology

The range of research areas in which students may participate is quite extensive. RACC interns delve into research projects -an opportunity not often available during the academic year- that are markedly different from most course-based work in that the internship projects are open-ended and part of a much larger research program. For more information on the type of research students do, please read the 2015 Summer Research Project Descriptions.

Internships are available on these campuses:
• Johnson State College in Johnson
• Saint Michael's College in Colchester
• University of Vermont in Burlington
• Middlebury College in Middlebury

Internship Period
The internship lasts 10 weeks during the summer (May 25 - August 3, 2016). The program starts with a 3-day orientation at Saint Michael's College from May 25-27 (all students stay on campus; housing/meals provided). The following April, interns are required to attend and present their research at the Vermont EPSCoR Student Research Symposium.

Financial Support
Interns earn hourly wages for the equivalent of $5,000 over the 10 week period (up to 400 hours). Worker's compensation at 8.7% is part of the wages.

• Students graduating prior to the start of internship are not eligible to apply.
• Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents enrolled in a college or university with a strong interest in a career in a STEM or social science field.
Individuals with disabilities, veterans, students from underrepresented minority groups, and students from two year colleges are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Procedure

The online application, as well as all supporting documents (resume, unofficial transcript, short essay), is due by 4:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 29th, 2016. No exceptions. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member is due by February 3, 2016. Selection and placement of students will take place in February and March. Applicants who are not placed will be notified by the end of March.

The 2016 RACC Undergraduate Internship Application is now open!
Apply now!

RACC summer interns in action!

Contact Information:
VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD)
Saint Michael's College
One Winooski Park Box 137
Colchester, VT 05439