Our Work

Intern Spotlight: Michael Verla

In January, Mike began working as an intern with Smart Growth Vermont as Electronic Communications Coordinator. Working closely with staff, Mike researches, writes and posts news and events to the website and to our monthly e-newsletter.

Mike was introduced to Smart Growth Principles through his Contemporary Policy Issues in Community Development class at UVM, where he incorporated some of the principles into his creative final project for the class. Since then, his interest in the fields of land use and sustainable planning has grown, and he is thrilled to gain hands-on experience on issues related to smart growth.

Currently a senior at UVM, Mike is studying Community and International Development with a minor in Spanish. In his free time, Mike loves playing guitar, riding his bike, and cooking. After spending a semester in Chile last spring, Mike realized that his desire for seeing the world is nearly insatiable. He will spend a bit more time here in Vermont after he graduates and then plans to travel and do service work either in the United States or Latin America.