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Real-World Opportunities & Field Placements

At Champlain, we’re committed to providing you with the best internships and fieldwork opportunities. That’s why we’ve developed strong relationships with the local business community and nonprofit organizations to connect you and help you gain early experience across Vermont and around the world.

Our career-focused programs allow you to begin taking major-specific courses at the beginning of your studies so that you are well-prepared for internships as early as the summer after your first year. You’ll have an advantage in the competitive job market with this early exposure to professional skills. Many Burlington-area companies choose Champlain College candidates for internships because students are known to be well-prepared, eager to learn, and have valuable real-world expertise.

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Why are internships important?

Experience in Your Field

Internships provide hands-on experience in your chosen profession, bridging the gap between theory and practice and allowing you to apply classroom knowledge to real-world scenarios.

Professional Skill Development

Internships enhance your professional skills, strengthen your resume, and make you more competitive in the job market after graduation.

Cultural Immersion

Our diverse international internships allow you to immerse yourself in different cultures, broadening your global perspective and fostering personal growth.

Strong Industry Connections

Our established relationships with local businesses and non-profit organizations create a wealth of internship opportunities, giving you a unique advantage in securing meaningful and impactful internships in Vermont and beyond.


Completed Experiential Learning
of students over the last six years who completed at least 1 internship during their time at Champlain College.


Students Completed Experiential Learning
of graduates from the Class of 2023 participated in at least one experiential learning opportunity, such as an internship, before graduating.

Right from freshman year—my first semester—I had an internship. And that’s something a lot of schools don’t do, and it’s something I really appreciate, too. It helped me build my confidence and be able to articulate when I don’t understand and ask, “Can you please explain it to me?” That’s something I was never taught or knew I was able to say.
Laila Martinez
Laila Martinez ’25, Computer & Digital Forensics | Chicago, IL

Your Future Starts Now

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Cecilia Pohlar, ‘21

All of the different internship experiences and real world application of my knowledge have benefited me more than I ever thought would be possible.

“Champlain graduates bring hands-on and real-life experience they’ve attained through their internship programs. They’re really ready to contribute as part of the team.
Heather Adams, Director of Human Resources, Logic Supply

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