Plant Biology Department Inaugurates New Summer Internship

A group of PBIO 290 students, their instructor, Intervale Center land steward Duncan Murdoch, and Intervale volunteers in a group photo.
PBIO 290 students, instructor Laura Hill, Intervale Center’s Duncan Murdoch, and Intervale Center volunteers.

The Plant Biology Department inaugurated a new summer internship. This internship program engages students in local community projects that address issues in sustainability and the environment, specifically related to climate change mitigation and adaptation using plants.

Two PBIO 290 students working at a booth handing out sunflower seeds.
Students hand out sunflower seeds in Burlington. Growing sunflower plants can help with removing lead from soils.

The service-learning style of class offers opportunities for students to apply scientific theories, broaden their perspective, and develop professional skills through experiences that mutually benefit the community partner and the local community. Plant Biology Senior Lecturer Laura Hill developed the internship program, and is hopeful that students will develop a sense of agency through it, and understand that they have the skills to be an active part of solutions to large global issues like climate change.

The following are goals of the new PBIO internship:

  • Offer life science students a non-research, high-impact, experiential learning opportunity.
  • Connect foundational knowledge in the life sciences to community project needs.
  • Develop student career skills.
  • Engage in civic activities with community partners.
  • Apply life science skills to local community projects.

Read the full story about this internship on the UVM CALS website.

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