Announcing the CCI Trek to Washington DC: March 25-26
Gain a better understanding of politics and government. Explore alumni career paths at a variety of organizations in D.C. Program will include site visits and multiple opportunities for networking.
Who should apply?
If you are interested in learning about or working in government or policy, this trek is for you! All majors and class levels are welcome.
Who will we meet?
In the past we have engaged alumni who work in exciting roles on Capitol Hill, the State and Treasury departments, think thanks like Brookings or the Aspen Institute, and non-profits like the National Democratic Institute.
Click HERE to register your interest.
This is just a friendly announcement to make you aware of the opportunity. The official application will be posted in Handshake in January. Good luck as the semester winds down and happy holidays
The American Enterprise Institute’s Summer Honors Program is a series of educational and professional development opportunities in Washington, DC, for top undergraduate students. Students in the program have the chance to connect with the ideas, research, and network of AEI, one of America’s preeminent think tanks.
The program gathers students from diverse ideological backgrounds for substantive dialogue and debate about the most pressing issues facing the country and world. The core feature of the program is discussion-based seminars that offer participants forums to delve deeply into policy areas of their choice. Seminars feature 20-25 students and are led by AEI scholars or other experts, including renowned economists and foreign policy experts. Outside of the seminars, students participate in policy briefings with distinguished guests, high-level networking events, and site visits in Washington.
Eligibility: Current undergraduates and recent graduates (winter 2018 or later). International students are eligible to apply.
Location: Washington, DC
Duration: Most students will participate in a single one-week course at the beginning of Summer 2019. A select group of students will participate in a four-week opportunity.
Funding: This is a fully-funded program. Housing, meals on class days, stipends and travel vouchers are all provided.
Early Decision Deadline: January 7, 2019
Students who apply by the early decision deadline will know whether they are accepted, rejected, or waitlisted by February 4, 2019.
Final Deadline: March 11, 2019
If you’re in the NYC area over the break, this could be a good opportunity. The LSAT/Law School Prep Conference will take place on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019.
This annual comprehensive one-day workshop for college students and recent graduates provides information on everything from the LSAT through the first year of law school. The program includes LSAT prep classes by leading providers, as well as panels with admissions representatives and law students from regional law schools. The series culminates with a Networking Fair. All participants will receive materials on admissions and financial aid, and will be entered into a raffle for free prep courses.
It’s free to register, all the details here: https://www.nycbar.org/serving-the-community/diversity-and-inclusion/student-pipeline-programs/programs/lsatlaw-school-prep-series-lsat-prep
The Coro Fellows Program develops emerging leaders to work and lead across different sectors by equipping them with knowledge, skills, and networks to accelerate positive change.
The application deadline is January 9, 2019. The application requires 3 essays, 2 letters of recommendation, and official transcripts. So it’s probably a good idea to get started soon.
The American Bar Foundation (ABF) is among the world’s leading research institutes for the empirical and interdisciplinary study of law. An independent, nonprofit organization for more than sixty years, the ABF seeks to advance the understanding and improvement of law through research projects on the most pressing issues facing the legal system in the United States and in the world.
The ABF is accepting applications for this distinct fellowship opportunity: Summer Research Diversity Fellowship (SRDF) – Summer 2019 (8 weeks)
This fellowship is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the rewards and demands of a research-oriented career in the field of law and/or social science. Fellows participate in a series of in-house seminars and field visits to get acquainted with the many facets of sociolegal research and the legal system. Site visits include law firms, social justice-oriented nonprofits, and criminal courtrooms, sitting in on graduate level classes, and meeting with admissions representatives from local law schools.
More details including qualifications necessary and how to apply are on Handshake here
You’re invited to join Middlebury’s Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster (P&P) for an informal lunch discussion on breaking the school-to-prison pipeline.
We will explore the work of the educational justice movement toward dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, and toward building equity and parity in American education.
David Goodman, writer, journalist and radio host will join us to discuss his recent book, Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out: Voices from the Front Lines of the Educational Justice Movement. David is a regular contributor to Mother Jones magazine, and hosts the weekly radio show “The Vermont Conversation”. His writing has been featured in such publications as the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times.
Bring your lunch, your friends, your thoughts and your questions to this rich conversation next Friday, December 7th from 12:30-1:15pm in the Ross Dining Hall Fireplace Lounge.
This looks to be a good one with Jana Parsons ’16 working at Brookings and on the hiring committee.
The Hamilton Project (THP) at the Brookings Institution produces research and policy proposals on how to create a growing economy that benefits more Americans. Our economic strategy reflects a judgment that long term prosperity is best achieved by making economic growth broad-based, by enhancing individual economic security, and by embracing a role for effective government in making needed public investments.
The Research Assistant will help execute and develop an overall policy agenda and policy strategy for The Hamilton Project. Research potential policy areas and communicate with leading academics, policymakers, and practitioners to support the Director and Policy Director in identifying promising potential topics for THP’s policy agenda.
Research Assistant positions will begin during the summer of 2019 and involve a commitment of at least one year.
Check out the full details and apply in Handshake here
The experts at Koru have written a great article on 5 Ways to Kick Start Your Job Search Over Thanksgiving Break.
Kick Start Your Job Search Over Thanksgiving Break
1. Don’t avoid the question, “What do you want to do after college?”
Seek it out. Talk to your friends and family to get advice and help. You’ll be amazed by how many people will want to help you achieve your dreams if you simply involve them. The more people who know you’re on the job hunt, the better.
And by the way, it’s OK to still be unsure of what career path or even first job is right for you. Again, talk to people about it. Seek advice from those who know you best.
Here are some helpful conversation starters to use over Thanksgiving Break:
I feel like you know me really well, and I’m interested in what you think I would be great at.
When you graduated from college, what were some of the things you considered doing?
You seem to love what you are doing. How did you end up in the field that you are in? Did you know this was what you wanted to do right after college?
I love ____, but I’m unsure of how I could use it after college. Do you have any ideas?
I’ve always loved ____, and I’m looking for some advice on how I can couple my passion for this into a career. What are your thoughts?
2. Start scheduling informational interviews, shadowing, and coffee chats for Winter Term.
Winter Term. Use it as an opportunity to get some new experiences or meet with people in an industry or at a company where you may want to work. You can start planning over Thanksgiving Break.
Set up coffee chats for 30 minutes with local alums from in companies where you may want to work. If they aren’t local, schedule a virtual chat.
Check out Handshake to search what internships are out there. What sounds interesting? What locations have a lot of opportunities?
If you are home for Winter Term, ask your family and friends for opportunities to come in and shadow them for a day.
3. Teach yourself job skills, pad your resume, and learn something fun.
You are what you do. As you get closer to graduation and start having more conversations with employers, you will quickly realize that experience is worth infinitely more than a perfect GPA.
Take advantage of your college break to learn something outside of your comfort zone or something that you are curious about but would never have time to do during school. There are amazing free resources out there for just this purpose. For example, know you are into marketing? Why not take a free course on Google Analytics? Interested in product management? It is helpful to understand basic coding. Done some creative work? Share it and learn more about great design on Behance.
4. Polish your resume.
When applying for opportunities, your resume, cover letter, and application materials are your first impression. These documents will help you land an interview, so it is important to detail your experience and accomplishments clearly and concisely.
While there is no one right way to write a resume, there are guidelines you should follow to convey a positive, meaningful message. Additionally, for each position you apply for, you should write a new cover letter that is geared toward that specific job and company/organization.
To get started:
Review the Resume and Cover Letter Guide for all majors and industries. This guide outlines suggestions for formatting, organization, and content and can walk you through the process of creating either document. Included is also a list of action verbs.
Utilize the list of Core Professional Competencies to highlight the skills you have gained during your experiences
View resume samples here
5. Polish your LinkedIn Profile and your social media brand.
Most of the students or recent college grads think that they are in good, or at least decent, shape on LinkedIn and social media. Few actually are.
Spend a couple of hours on your LinkedIn profile. It’ll pay back big time. Here are a few key things to look at:
Summary — This is your chance to tell people about your passions, skills, and goals. Things like this often don’t jump out on a resume, so your summary is a great opportunity to share them.
Job history — Worried your summer working at the hot dog stand won’t cut? Don’t. Put it down. Less than glamorous job experience shows that you have grit.
Study abroad — If you studied abroad, make sure to include it on your profile. Studying abroad shows you are curious, able to push yourself beyond your comfort zone, and have the ability to understand different cultures.
When you’re through, Google yourself. What shows up? While having a strong LinkedIn profile is important, make sure that your past social media behavior does not damage your online brand.
6. Take a break, have fun, be yourself.
Spend time relaxing and celebrating with family and friends. After giving your all these last few months, you deserve it.
Are you planning to take part in an internship for credit during Winter Term 2019? Please pay attention to these important deadlines!
Deadline – November 15:
Register for a Winter Term placeholder class in Banner Web by 4:00 pm on Thursday, November 15 if your internship has not yet been approved by CCI and the Curriculum Committee.
Students who have already received an approval email from CCI and the Curriculum Committee must follow all instructions in their award letter and register for the internship course in Banner Web no later than November 15.
Deadline – November 30:
Secure a Winter Term internship AND complete an application for credit. No applications accepted after November 30. See steps and timeline for applying for credit for your internship at go/WTinternships.
You will find all the information you need about Winter Term internships at go/WTinternships, including the personal essay prompt and sample academic sources. For additional questions, please contact Cheryl Whitney Lower.
Thursday, November 15th, 7:30-9:00 PM in Dana Auditorium
Participants include Sarah Rogerson, Clinical Professor of Law, Director of Immigration Law Clinic, Director of Law Clinic and Justice Center at Albany Law School, Dr. Andrea Green, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the New Americans Clinic at University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, Migrant Justice, Hannah Krutiansky ’19, and Meron Benti ’19
This panel will feature practitioners and activists focused on responding to current immigration policies. Sarah Rogerson represents immigrant detainees in the Albany County Jail. Dr. Andrea Green will speak about the effects of family separation and immigration policies on children’s and family health. Migrant Justice is based in Vermont and advocates for migrant workers rights, and has promoted the Milk with Dignity campaign in Vermont. Hannah Krutiansky has worked with RAICES working with detained immigrant families. Meron Benti ’19 is an asylum recipient. This event brings together migrant advocates who are working on behalf of the most vulnerable migrant populations. They offer witness to the atrocities enacted against migrants and are working to address injustices at the institutional level as well as engaging individual needs of migrants.
This event is co-sponsored by American Studies, Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity, Juntos, Alianza, History Department, Gender, Sexuality, & Feminist Studies, and Latin American Studies/IGST