Opportunities for Vermont Students

My office organizes many events over the course the year, aimed at engaging young Vermonters in discussions about where our nation needs to go. If you are interested in any of these programs or events, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

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    State of the Union Essay Contest

    Each January, the President of the United States addresses a joint session of Congress to report on the “State of the Union”. And each year, Bernie invites Vermont high school students to write an essay describing what they think are the most pressing issues facing our country. Bernie invites the twenty finalists to participate in a roundtable discussion at the Vermont statehouse, and he enters their essays into the official archive of Congress.

    Click here to hear from Essay Contest Judge Terri Vest, and to learn more about the annual State of the Union Essay Contest.

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    “Vermont Days” at the Edward Kennedy Institute for U.S. Senate

    Each spring and fall, our office organizes a “Vermont Day” at the Kennedy Institute in Boston. The non-partisan Institute offers students an immersive learning experience on civic engagement, democracy and the legislative process. Students get to be a Senator for a day, debating legislation in a full-scale replica of the U.S. Senate chamber. Hundreds of Vermont high school students have now participated in the Kennedy Institute’s innovative programming.

    Click here to hear about visit to the Kennedy Institute.

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    Interns gain valuable experience by learning about the inner workings of the Senate and get a first-hand look at the legislative process. Full-time and part-time internships are available in Washington, D.C. and Burlington, Vt.

    Click here to learn more and apply for upcoming internships

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    Service Academy Nominations

    Vermont students who want to enter the U.S. Military, Naval, Air Force, or Merchant Marine Academies must first receive a nomination from a Member of Congress. Each year, Bernie is proud to nominate a group of exceptional young Vermonters for appointment to our nation’s military academies, in preparation for careers in service to our country. He also participates in a ceremony with Senator Leahy and Representative Welch, honoring the nominees.

  • Vermont Youth Climate Summit

    Vermont Youth Climate Summit

    Bernie is proud to be an honorary co-chair of the annual Vermont Youth Climate Summit. Organized and hosted by environmental faculty and students at the University of Vermont, this summit brings together hundreds of high school students to learn about the challenges of climate change, and how we can address them. This event is a great way to learn about one of the great global issues of our time, and to make real change!

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    College and Career Fairs

    Senator Sanders has hosted College and Career Fairs at colleges and high schools all across Vermont to help students plan their futures after high school. It is critically important that students understand what kind of training they may need for the jobs that are available in our changing economy. These fairs feature workshops and resource tables to help students make their post-high school decisions, which may include attending college, skills training, apprenticeships and more.

    Click here to read more about a College and Career fair held at Springfield High School.

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    Choral Concert & Town Meeting on Arts and Education

    For the past six years, Bernie has organized an annual concert that showcases choirs from elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges from across Vermont. He also holds a “town meeting” with the students on arts education, and whatever other topics they think of! This wonderful event not only celebrates the achievements of Vermont student choruses, but it also serves as a reminder of how important art and music are for our children’s education.

    Click here for a video about the 2019 Event.

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    Library of Congress

    The Library of Congress has available at all times, for donation to eligible organizations and institutions, surplus books which are not needed for the Library's own uses. Congressional offices may request and ship books to nonprofit educational institutions in their state. This program is free to participate in and only requires Librarians to specify which genres they are interested in receiving and the appropriate place to mail books. If you are interested in participating in this program please contact Ann_Clancy@sanders.senate.gov to submit a request.