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Meet Amanda Chase – EACE Member Spotlight

Amanda Chase

Career Counselor & Internship Coordinator, University of Vermont,

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What do you do in your current position?

I wear a few different hats: I counsel students and alumni as they apply for internships, jobs, and other opportunities. I also consult with employers on internship best practices and help them find promising UVM interns. Lastly, I collaborate with UVM faculty and staff to create and administer internship programs and policies across our campus.

Where are you originally from?

I grew up about 30 miles from New York City in a town called Chappaqua, NY.

Where do you live now?

Burlington, Vermont

Outside of work, what are some of your favorite things to do?

I love being outside, so you can often find me mountain biking and skiing. I also enjoy working with my hands and tinkering away on DIY projects.

Why do you do what you do?

Some of my own most significant career training has happened through experiential learning (that is, learning by doing), which is why I love my position as the Internship Coordinator. Internships are a great way that students can gain experience, make connections to future employers, narrow career goals and focus, and develop important on-the-job skills.

What is your educational background?

My educational and career interests have all related to working with students in times of transition. For my undergraduate work. I studied Psychology at Hamilton College and conducted research on the impacts of a wilderness pre-orientation program and how it helped first-year students adjust to college. After that, I relocated to Vermont to earn my Master’s degree in Counseling at UVM. I worked as a high school counselor and in college admissions before arriving at the UVM Career Center. I’m currently a doctoral candidate in the Ed.D program at UVM and researching the ways that cultural, social, and economic capital impact access to internship opportunities.

What was your first job?

A lifeguard at a Girl Scout camp. I loved it.

What is the best advice you ever received?

Someone once told me that you often don’t realize what your values are until they have been breached. In that way, even the worst experiences can help you clarify your values and learn about what’s most important to you.

For someone starting in your field, what advice would you give?

Connect with other people doing this work, and always be opening to learning new things. This field is ever-changing, and you must keep learning to keep up and improve what you do.

What is something that might surprise us about you?

I love puns and competed in a pun-off event last year. I lost to an eleven-year-old, which was humbling. I wanted to be like Punder Woman, but I was more Attila the Pun.

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