CASTLETON — The Vermont Department of Labor recently awarded Castleton University a $25,000 grant to develop the Castleton Vermont Internship Program. The program will provide $1,500 in need-based stipends to low-income and first-generation Castleton students completing internships.

The program will work with Vermont employers — in particular, those within Rutland County — to develop internship opportunities that align with career experience for students enrolled in academic majors that typically do not require internships.

According to a CU press release, more than 400 organizations offered internships to Castleton students from 2018 to 2020. More than 30% of those internships were in Rutland County.

"The Vermont Internship Program Grant will help Vermont employers and bolster our internship program at Castleton,” said interim President Jonathan Spiro. “Students who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to complete an unpaid internship due to financial barriers can now gain hands-on experience and build relationships with local employers, which will serve them long after graduation.”

By partnering with the Pathway to Graduation project and the Office of Career Services, the program will provide structured support for student interns, including help completing applications, internship site identification and matching, and resume development. It will also work with regional employers to support candidate matching, access to CU’s job board platform, and direct communication regarding paid employment opportunities for prior interns.

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