If you’ll be in Washington, DC this summer, doing any sort of internship, political or government or something else, consider signing up for this!
Interns are paired with alumni mentors in their particular fields of interest. Mentors offer career advice, connections to area resources, and anecdotes about their professional and academic experience. In addition to the mentor match, the Middlebury in DC office offers a variety of programming to help the mentees expand their professional network and hone their career-related skills.
All the details and application is here: http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/dc/mentorship
What does this have to do with government? Well, honestly, not much. But bare with me!
I’m a big fan of Cal Newport, a professor at Georgetown, who runs a blog called StudyHacks and who is a a huge proponent of deep work. In this age of distraction and plentiful stimuli, the ability to focus and dive deep into something is becoming rare. In his latest post he shares his feelings about listening to baseball on the radio, and advocates it’s good practice to focus your mind because of the pace of the game and how much you have to pay attention.
Enjoy if you’re curious: http://calnewport.com/blog/2017/04/21/listen-to-baseball-on-the-radio-with-a-book/
The consulting field is much broader than you might think!
Monday, April 24, 2017; 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Hillcrest 103
- PANEL: A facilitated Q&A discussion where students may engage with the alumni working as consultants in education, federal and international government, global corporate strategy, and nonprofit consulting firms.
Monday, April 24, 2017; 12:30-3:30 p.m. in Adirondack House
- ALUMNI ADVISING: Eoin Power ’12 will available to meet informally with students for one-on-one informational conversations (sign up in MOJO).
Tuesday, April 25, 2017; 9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon in Adirondack House
- ALUMNI ADVISING: Tucker Van Aken ’12 will available to meet informally with students for one-on-one informational conversations (sign up in MOJO).
- Julia Deutsch ’13 is an analyst with Public Works Partners, a New York City-based management consulting firm serving mission-driven organizations in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Public Works Partners specializes in program design and implementation, organizational development, economic and financial analysis, and management of multi-stakeholder projects. In her role, Julia engages with clients on projects ranging from launching a national survey to inform financial education policy to helping a local nonprofit scale its job placement program.
- Kira Gordon ’12 is a Senior Associate Consultant in Life Sciences at Charles River Associates, a leading global consulting firm that offers economic, financial, and strategic expertise to major law firms, corporations, accounting firms, and governments around the world. Within Life Sciences, CRA helps pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies achieve optimum performance across key aspects of their business, including innovation, commercial success, organization, and reputation.
- Eoin Power ’11.5 is a Senior Analyst at Avascent, where he supports clients in federal and international government-driven markets. Eoin works primarily on projects dealing with airborne platforms and defense-industrial policy. Before joining Avascent, Eoin was a consultant at The Beacon Group, where he worked with Fortune 500 clients in the defense, healthcare, and industrial technology sectors.
- Katie Schott ’16 is a Senior Associate at The Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC. The Advisory Board is a best practice research and consulting firm that works with organizations in both Health Care and Education.
- Tucker Van Aken ’12 is a Director with the China practice at Albright Stonebridge Group, a global corporate strategy and government relations firm based in Washington, DC. Tucker helps clients understand China’s political and economic environment and develops the corporate and government relations strategies necessary to succeed in a complex political economy. He also serves clients in greater East Asia and has extensive experience with financial sector and energy and environment clients.
STAFF ASSISTANT/LEGISLATIVE CORRESPONDENT –
Senator Brian Schatz seeks two staff assistants for his office in Washington, DC. One position is a front office position with responsibilities that include answering and responding to phone calls, responding to tour requests from constituents, and assisting with constituent correspondence. The second position is a back office position with responsibilities that include drafting correspondence, managing the organization of incoming correspondence, doing policy research, and performing various administrative duties. Both positions have great potential for growth and promotion within the office. Qualified applicants will have strong communication, writing, and organizational skills; exercise sound judgment; operate well under pressure; and work well as part of a team. Hawaii ties are critical. All applications must be submitted through the legislative jobs resume bank at http://www.schatz.senate.gov/services/jobs.
This opportunity is offered through an alum. Get in touch with me to find out more details.
Here is a unique entry level opportunity in government in DC!
The U.S. International Trade Commission is a great place to work, and we aren’t the only ones who think so. We were rated “Most Improved Small Agency” in 2013 by the Partnership for Public Service and ranked 6th overall in the 2016 Best Places to Work Index.
An independent Federal agency, the Commission provides the President and Congress with high-quality analysis and technical support on international trade, tariff and competitiveness issues; hears and decides import injury cases and publishes the United States’ tariff schedule. You will find a working environment throughout the Commission that is dedicated to the development of your technical skills and a commitment to provide balance between your work and personal life.
The Confidential Assistant to the Commissioner facilitates the Commissioner in managing her executive office. Responsibilities include scheduling and managing the Commissioner’s calendar, arranging travel, and supporting the other aides in the office. There is a high degree of interaction and collaboration with the other Commissioners’ offices, so the position requires the candidate to have excellent interpersonal skills, a high degree of initiative, tact, intelligence, diplomacy, and judgment. The Commissioner’s office interfaces with the other operational offices in the agency as well, so the candidate must be able to work well with all levels of internal management and staff, as well as outside stakeholders. Prior experience as a scheduler or staff assistant is a plus.
The Commissioner is an alum! https://www.usitc.gov/press_room/bios/broadbent.htm
Apply on MOJO here and also at USAJOBS here: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/467654700
Sounds like a great, late-breaking opportunity!
PLEN (Public Leadership Education Network) welcomes all college women and recent graduates interested in policy career opportunities to the Women in Global Policy seminar from May 15-19, 2017.
College women will learn about foreign policy during this week in Washington, DC. Students will hear from leaders advocating around humanitarian issues, international security, and international development in an increasingly interconnected world.
Discuss current issues in policy, visit institutions and organizations in DC, and launch their careers through intimate coaching sessions on networking, resume writing, and salary negotiation. Network with distinguished women at the top of their fields while building connections with peers from across the country.
Learn about policy, from policymakers, in the room where it happens.
For more information and to register for Women in Global Policy, visit plen.org/global.
Join this informal occasion to learn about Emily’s student days as an IGS major and transition to the Army and adapting her liberal arts education to military life. Emily is currently the CEO and co-founder of Sword & Plough, her upcycling company that re-purposes military surplus into specialty bags and other products, with a mission to strengthen civil-military understanding. She’ll talk about the similarities and differences of military and civilian management positions and briefly review different career path options in the military. Bring your questions, curiosity and open mind, there will be plenty of time for discussion!
Thursday, April 20
Ever wonder what exactly it’s like to work at a think tank in DC? Then come talk with Maeve.
Wednesday, April 19
4:30 pm in ADK library
Maeve Whelan-Wuest ’09 is a senior research assistant and project coordinator in the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. She can talk with you about what actually happens at a think tank, what life is like in DC, where grad school fits into the picture, and even more about her specialty area of East Asia. Bring your questions, curiosity and open mind to this casual chance to talk with an alum happy to give you some tips!
This event is part of the IGS Field Guide.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216
Mark Payne (Middlebury ’84), co-founder and president of global innovation consultancy Fahrenheit 212, will share lessons from the front lines about what separates innovations that work from those that die on the drawing board. Using case studies from Fahrenheit 212’s work for clients including Samsung, The Coca-Cola Company, Nike, Virgin, Toys R Us, Ikea and leading private equity firms, he’ll share:
- tales of how Fahrenheit hacked and pivoted its way from an unknown startup to a go-to global innovation partner for many of the world’s great companies,
- the genesis of their unique ‘Money & Magic’ philosophy,
- insights about the past present and future of innovation practice in the corporate and startup worlds,
- career advice for anyone thinking innovation might be their thing.
Mark’s insights on innovation’s past, present and future have been featured in Fast Company, Fortune, Bloomberg Businessweek, Esquire and CNBC, in speaking engagements at MIT, Harvard Business School, the Royal Society of the Arts, HEC, Columbia and Wharton, and in his book How to Kill a Unicorn, published by Penguin Random House in 2014.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017; 6:30 pm
Middlebury College recently signed a collaborative agreement with HBX, Harvard Business School’s online digital education initiative, to make available the Credential of Readiness (CORe) business fundamentals program to current undergraduate students. Designed for liberal arts students, CORe is an interactive online program composed of three (non-credit-bearing) courses: Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting. Taught entirely online by Harvard Business School faculty, the program utilizes the school’s HBX platform. Middlebury students will not receive course credit for the CORe program; instead, students who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of completion from HBX.
Our agreement with HBX reserves places in each CORe cohort and—importantly—guarantees need-based financial aid from HBX for students currently receiving financial aid at Middlebury. An anonymous Middlebury donor has provided additional funding for qualified students’ unmet need. We are delighted to be able to expand access to this program to all of our students.
If you are interested in the program and want to learn more, attend the information session, visit the HBX website, or schedule an appointment with Ursula Olender, director of career advising in the Center for Careers and Internships.
May cohort – May 16-July 13 (deadline to apply is May 3)
June cohort – June 6-August 18 (deadline to apply is May 24)
July cohort – July 6-August 31 (deadline to apply is June 21)