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Vermont college and university interns support long-term recovery

As Vermont approaches the two year anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene, many individuals and organizations are still hard at work on clean up and recovery from one of the worst natural disasters in the state's history. Likewise, many are taking a closer look at recovery and resilience in an effort to better prepare for future events.  In response to this ongoing need Vermont Campus Compact is pleased to announce the continuation of the "Vermont Recovery Internship Program."

Eight students from colleges and universities around the State have joined the program this summer, working with eight community and nonprofit organizations that continue to focus on recovery and resilience. Projects range from environmental impact assessment to continued individual assistance and documentation of success stories. While working at their individual sites, students are also participating in a cohort-based learning experience which will improve their skills and knowledge in disaster management and community development.

Carrie Williams Howe, Executive Director of Vermont Campus Compact, notes, "Vermont's recovery from Irene is certainly not over, and we know that the State is already facing new challenges as a result of ongoing rain events. Our consortium of colleges is dedicated to mobilizing our resources to support the State, so we will continue to do so. We are excited that this program also offers important learning opportunities for our students, and we are thankful to the community members who will play a role in supporting their professional development."

Students from the Community College of Vermont, Green Mountain College, Johnson State College, and the University of Vermont will work for the following organizations: Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (in collaboration with the University of Vermont), the VT Department of Environmental Conservation; The Rozalia Project; Southeastern Vermont Long Term Recovery Committee; Vermont 2-1-1; the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board; and the Woodstock Area Flood Relief Fund.