As a professionally focused institution, Champlain emphasizes the value of getting as much time in the field as possible. We go to great lengths to create the best options for our students to do so. If you have the drive, we will work with you extensively to help you find—or create—an internship that will give you a chance to really dig into the work of your profession, build up your professional portfolio and capture impressive credentials for your resume.
Champlain has established close ties with the local business community, and Champlain students are the interns of choice at numerous businesses in and around Vermont, including (among many others):
In fact, many local companies seek out interns from Champlain year after year and frequently turn to our graduates when looking to fill a full-time job vacancy.
Our professionally focused programs align closely with specific professions—and because our Upside-Down Curriculum allows you to take courses in your major beginning with your first semester at Champlain, you will be prepared to do productive work in an internship in your field as early as the summer after your first year. Having an established professional skill set upon which you can build will set you apart from others when it comes to securing an internship—which, like the overall job market, is becoming increasingly competitive.
Many companies in the Burlington area favor candidates for internships from Champlain College because our students invariably arrive prepared and eager to learn. To be an exceptional intern, you need know-how, and at Champlain we begin teaching you the skills of your professional immediately. 93% of 2013 Champlain College graduates who responded to the annual "Employment Survey" reported they had one or more relevant student employment experiences— internships, field experience including course credit/independent and paid/unpaid, and full and part-time jobs— prior to graduation.
Our students are also sought after from our international campuses in Montreal, Canada and Dublin, Ireland. In the last two years alone, Champlain students held 40 internships in Montreal and 10 have long-term jobs.
Champlain students have interned at numerous places abroad, including:
To learn more about the conditions to intern or work internationally, please click here.
|"A few years ago, I had a Champlain undergrad working with me as an intern. He was an exceptional student, an exceptional coworker and I was tremendously impressed with him. In fact, I have to say that over the last few years, I've made it a practice to raid Champlain's ranks for interns and employees. I just hired someone else from Champlain, and I also consider him to be an exceptional worker."
— Larry Sandage, IT Manager at Vermont Information Processing
|"The four Game Design students that we hired from Champlain College of Vermont are very strong technically, and I think it reflects the quality of the classes your students attend and the skills they learn through various projects and assignments. These students have been a step above local graduates (training-wise). It has all been very positive so far and hopefully we'll be able to pick up a few other talented graduates from Champlain College next year."
— Frédéric-Antoine Marcoux, Recruiter at Gameloft, Montreal, Canada