About BREE Undergraduate Internships

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BREE Undergraduate Summer Internships

The Undergraduate Internship Program offers students the opportunity to participate in current research conducted through the Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) program. Undergraduates will be matched with a research team working on the transdisciplinary BREE research program. At the end of the internship, research teams will meet together at a Symposium to share their discoveries through an oral or poster presentation of their research. Students will do full-time, authentic research for 10 weeks in one of the following areas:

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

The range of research areas in which students may participate is quite extensive. BREE interns delve into research projects- an opportunity not often available during the academic year. Projects are markedly different from most course-based work in that they are open-ended and part of a much larger research program.

2021 summer internship opportunities.

Internship Period
The internship lasts 10 weeks during the summer (May 26 - July 31, 2020). The program starts with a 4-day orientation at Saint Michael's College from May 26 - May 29 during which time all students stay on campus and housing/meals are provided. Housing will also be provided for the entire internship period. At the end of the 10 week internship period, interns are required to attend and present their research at the Vermont EPSCoR Student Research Symposium.

Internship stipend includes the following:
Interns earn hourly wages for the equivalent of $4,500 over the 10 week period (up to 400 hours). Worker's compensation at 8.7% is part of the wages. Travel to and from Vermont and on-campus housing costs are also provided in addition to wages.


• 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.
• Students graduating prior to the start of internship are not eligible to apply.
Individuals with disabilities, veterans, students from underrepresented minority groups, and students from two year colleges are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Procedure

The applications require a letter of recommendation from a faculty member, unofficial transcript, and a short essay. Applications will be due January 31, 2020 at 4pm EST. Selection and placement of students will take place in February and March. Applicants who are not placed will be notified in early April.

The 2021 CWDD Internship application is open!

Reference Manual for Undergraduate Interns 2019 - 2020


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