The Center for Careers and Internships and the Middlebury Professional Networks are partnering to provide a fully donor-funded “Student Innovation Trek” to the San Francisco Bay Area over February break. The objective is to expose students interested in all areas of innovation to real-world professional experiences that will enable them to apply their liberal arts learning while informing their career exploration and other post-graduate planning.
The Student Innovation Trek experience is open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors. It will include 10 students competitively selected through the application process described below, with strong preference given to students who receive financial aid as per the request of the donor. Students will travel to San Francisco as a group, departing from Burlington on Sunday, February 3rd, and returning on Friday, February 8th, accompanied by a CCI advisor. To help ensure that there is no barrier to participation, all travel, lodging, meals, and related expenses will be paid.
This immersive “living and learning” experience will be organized around job-shadowing opportunities with alumni at companies like Tesla, Genentech, IDEO and more. The experience will also include reflection dinners and career conversations with other select alumni. Students will travel and live together as a cohort and attend an Innovation Summit as part of the experience.
Students will document the Innovation experience with photos and reflections. In addition, attendance is required at 2-3 pre-departure meetings during Winter Term.
Application Process and Requirements:
- Apply via Handshake; the deadline is 11:55 p.m. on Sunday, October 28th, no exceptions.
- The Innovation Student Trek is open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors of any major (graduation dates between May 2019-May 2021 only).
- Strong preference will be given to students who receive financial aid.
- Strong candidates will be able to demonstrate a desire for a future career in innovation through their coursework and/or activities.
- Students must be in Vermont on Saturday, February 2nd, for a Sunday, February 3rd, departure to San Francisco. The group must travel together from and to Burlington, no exceptions.
- Students must be on campus during Winter Term to attend two mandatory pre-departure meetings.
Please submit a resume, transcript (unofficial is okay), and a cover letter that includes:
- Your name, year, and major(s).
- The name and contact information for a faculty or staff reference who can speak to your interest in innovation and your ability to contribute to a group dynamic.
- A minimum of 750 words that describes:
- What you believe you would learn from this experience and why this trip would prove invaluable,
- How it relates to courses you have taken and activities in which you have been involved, and
- How it might impact your post-Middlebury College plans.
We may request personal or group interviews for some students.
**Note: In applying to the Innovation Student Trek, you are making a full commitment to go if accepted**
We aim to have a decision to you by Friday, November 16th.
In your next interview, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get a question or two about your internship experience. Will you be able to turn that into your next big opportunity?
“Cashing in on Your Summer Internship”
Sunday, October 14, 4:30 pm
OR Monday, October 15, 7:00 pm
Coltrane Lounge, Adirondack House
Oratory Now Internship Coaching and Video Session
Join this hands-on workshop to practice the art of translating your internship story!
Oratory Now coaches will lead this coaching and video session designed for students who participated in internships over the summer. Participants will refine their public speaking skills and craft a personalized narrative about the impact of their summer experience. You will leave the session with a “draft” video you could use for digital portfolios, LinkedIn pages, and more.
RSVP in Handshake for the day and time that works best for you!
Both sessions will be held at Coltrane Lounge in Adirondack House. See you there!
Expand the sections below to access required forms and more information.
Starting now – early November, 2018 – SECURE YOUR INTERNSHIP
- Apply for opportunities on Handshake or find your own! If you need help, schedule a meeting with a Career Advisor in your interest area or a general internship advising appointment, or drop by Quick Questions.
- Tell your Internship Supervisor that they will receive a link (via a Handshake email) to complete an Intern Sponsor Agreement form once you have submitted your Application for Internship Credit.
October 29-31, 2018 – REGISTER FOR A WINTER TERM INTERNSHIP COURSE
- If you are planning to complete an internship but have not yet been approved or secured your internship, register for any Winter Term class as a temporary placeholder. Failure to register for a class or an internship during WT registration means you will not be eligible for credit.
- If your internship is approved before WT registration, register on Banner for your internship; CCI will send you instructions once it is approved.
- Note: “Approved” means it has been approved by CCI and the Curriculum Committee.
Before early November, 2018 – IDENTIFY AND SECURE AN ACADEMIC SPONSOR
- Identify a Middlebury faculty member as your Academic Sponsor- this can be your advisor or another faculty member.
- Discuss a plan that will help you make connections between your internship experience and your coursework at Middlebury.
- Identify at least three scholarly sources to list in your application for credit. You will use this as an intellectual framework for your experience and as relevant content for your final academic work. See samples here.
- Once you have completed your Application for Internship Credit, your Academic Sponsor will receive a link (via a Handshake email) to complete an Academic Sponsor Agreement form.
November 30, 2018 – DEADLINE FOR STUDENTS TO APPLY FOR CREDIT AND/OR FUNDING IN HANDSHAKE
- Write your Personal Statement (use template here).
- Apply for Winter Term Internship Credit/Funding in Handshake by going to Career Center > Experiences> New Experience. Complete entire application and click Create Experience when done.*
- Attach a copy of your Resume and Personal Statement to the attachments section in Handshake (left side of page).
- Download the Internship Agreement/Assumption of Risk and Code of Conduct Form from the Experience (attached to left side); complete the form and re-attach to your Experience.
- Intern Sponsor Agreement Form (Internship Supervisor submits)
A link to this form will be sent directly to your Internship Supervisor after student has submitted first two forms.
- Academic Sponsor Approval Form (Faculty Academic Sponsor submits)
A link to this form will be sent directly to the faculty member after student has submitted first two forms.
- Your application will not be complete until all 6 steps have been completed.
* You may need to complete the Summer Survey first: (Career Center> Surveys> Required: What did you do this summer?)
January/February, 2019 – COMPLETING YOUR INTERNSHIP
- Submit final academic work to your academic sponsor.
- Complete self-evaluation in Handshake (Deadline: Feb. 4).
- Students who receive grants will also submit a donor thank you letter (Deadline: Feb.4).
- Internship supervisor will also submit an evaluation (Deadline: Feb. 4).
Professor Jessica Holmes will be offering a new JTerm academic internship course called “Health Policy in Action”. Perfect for students interested in health care, public policy, and/or government affairs This course will combine a four day/week internship (Tuesday-Friday) at a Vermont health care organization with one day/week in the classroom (Mondays 9-11), providing the opportunity to apply liberal arts learning to real-world experience in addressing critical issues facing the state of Vermont and its citizens. Students will work with local organizations on specific topics such drug-reimportation, hospital-produced environmental waste, food insecurity and diabetes, childhood trauma, health policy legislation in the VT statehouse, physician burnout, hospital quality, and workforce shortages. Class time will be spent debriefing the internship experience, building skills relevant to health policy analysis and working on the research project. Grading will be based on participation, evaluation by internship sponsor, evidence of personal growth, and performance on final research project.
Enrollment in the course is by approval only. Interested applicants must submit a resume to Professor Jessica Holmes (email@example.com with subject line JTERM) and a short online application (LINK to app is here: https://goo.gl/forms/CJ5IaN5J0fLcvJLb2) by October 20.
Please note: The College has rented a shared house for students doing internships in Montpelier/Waterbury. There are some funds to defray travel expenses (gas and/or ACTR to Burlington) and we will cover hotel accommodations in Burlington during bad weather. Some students may be asked to offer short rides to/from work for others without cars.
Below you will find more specific information about the internships available. If you have questions, please reach out to Professor Jessica Holmes (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Vermont Agency of Human Services (Waterbury, VT)
Sponsor: Ena Backus, Director of Health Care Reform for the State of VT
Project will explore drug re-importation as a strategy to reduce the cost of pharmaceutical drugs in VT.
Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (Montpelier, VT)
Sponsor: Jeff Tieman, President and CEO
Project will focus on how Vermont can reduce the long-term consequences of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and specifically the role that hospitals might play in reducing the causes and consequences of childhood trauma.
House Health Committee-Vermont state legislature (Montpelier, VT)
Sponsors: Rep. Bill Lippert, Chair, and Rep. Anne Donahue, Vice Chair
Intern will serve as a research assistant for the House Health Committee, providing background and analysis for health policy bills as they arise in session.
Vermont Medical Society (Montpelier, VT)
Sponsor: Jessa Barnard, Executive Director
Project will focus on identifying strategies to reduce the administrative burden currently faced by many providers in the state.
Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care (Montpelier, VT)
Sponsor: Catherine Fulton, Executive Director
Project will focus on how we might better measure and compare hospital quality in the state.
Bi-State Primary Care Association (Montpelier, VT)
Sponsor: Georgia Majeras, Executive Director
Project will focus on better understanding the link between food insecurity and the prevalence of diabetes in VT.
University of Vermont Health Network (Burlington, VT)
Sponsor: Eve Hoar, Network Director, Strategic & Business Planning
Two possible projects: One will evaluate how to measure the “return on investment” for dollars earmarked for improving population health, and the other will rely on lessons learned in behavioral economics to develop strategies to engage and “nudge” consumers to make healthier choices.
University of Vermont Medical Center (Burlington, VT)
Sponsor: Mitchell H. Tsai, MD, MMM
Project will evaluate the environmental impact of hospital services in Vermont (e.g., disposal of solid waste, use of reusable vs single-use equipment, drainage of intravenous medications into local and regional water systems) and make recommendations for waste mitigation.
Green Mountain Care Board (Montpelier, VT)
Sponsor: Susan Barrett, Executive Director of Green Mountain Care Board
Two possible projects: One will help the GMCB design a health resource allocation plan for the state of Vermont and the other will help identify workforce strategies to reduce the growing shortage of health care providers in the state.
Pre-med students: Join University of New England College of Medicine this Monday, October 15th from 12:15-1:15pm (EST), for UNE COM Live: Our Doors are Open! This is an Open House style event, so everyone is welcome to “tune-in!” They will have current osteopathic medical students join the conversation to talk curriculum, life in Maine, leadership and volunteer opportunities, interview tips and tricks, and so much more!
Are you a sophomore that identifies as Black, Hispanic and/or Native American? Are you interested in careers in Consulting, Finance, Nonprofit, Technology, Healthcare, Media/Entertainment, and/or Marketing? If yes, please join us to learn more about MLT and the opportunities it offers to high-achieving diverse talent. *First Years are also welcome.
Did you know 95% of participants in the Career Prep program at Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) secure a paid internship and/or a full-time job offer prior to graduation?
The program does this by providing individualized career coaching, skill development seminars, a support network of 6000+ alumni, and networking opportunities with top tier employers. MLT partners with top companies such as Google, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Citi, LinkedIn, Walt Disney and Target. Career Prep also offers college students the tools they need to achieve their long-term career goals by helping them create a professional roadmap.
If you are interested in learning more about MLT and the Career Prep Fellowship, please join the event on Thursday, October 18 in Hilcrest 103 at 7:00pm. Click here to RSVP in handshake!
This is an incredible opportunity for pre-medical students to shadow a world-renown Middlebury alum.
For 30 years, Dr. Rick Hodes ’75, has worked out of the basement of a crowded public hospital, treating patients with spinal deformities and heart disease, as well as a variety of other rare medical issues. The majority of these patients are impoverished children.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Hodes has forged strong partnerships to bring care to those in need. In 2006, he launched a spine program with Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei of Ghana and his FOCOS organization. The program has grown from 20 patients to over 400 new cases every year, and performs over 100 surgeries annually in Ethiopia, Ghana, and the United States. As the senior consultant at a Catholica medical mission, Dr. Hodes has worked with refugees in Rwanda, Zaire, Tanzania, and Albania. He also works with the cardiac center at AIMS Amrita Hospital in Cochin, India to serve cardiac patients.
Dr. Hodes is a CNN Hero, holds 5 honorary doctorates, and was awarded Mastership by the American College of Physicians. To learn more about his inspiring work, you can watch one of the four documentary films about him, such as HBO’s “Making the Crooked Straight” or “Zemene,” or read Marilyn Berger’s book, “This is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes.”
Students can learn more at https://rickhodes.org/ and https://www.ethiopianfamilyfund.org/medical-needs-dr-rick-hodes/.
Check out the trailer from the HBO documentary “Making the Crooked Straight“:
Dr. Hodes has hosted over a dozen Middlebury students over the past years, and the majority are now doctors! He is interested in welcoming a students for a month during Winter-Term.
Interested? Contact Pam Berenbaum and she will get you in contact with Dr. Hodes.
Middlebury College will be hosting the Creating Connections Consortium (C3) Summit on November 9-11, 2018. The conference theme is Reimagining the Academy: Constructing Inclusive and Participatory Communities in Challenging Times. Panels will include: “Things Nobody Told me about Graduate School”; “How to Apply to Graduate School”; and “Diversifying the Curriculum.” For more information, see the C3 Summit agenda. All are welcome to attend, but please register here in advance. Have questions? Contact C3 Director Rachel Hynson (email@example.com).
Wednesday, October 24 in Axinn 219 | STEM: 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Pre-Med: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Attend one session or stay for both!
Explore study abroad options for STEM and Pre-Med students. Academic and career planning tips from returnees, the CCI and UR-STEM. Both sessions will present different options for studying abroad, as well as advice on how to fit an abroad experience in with academic requirements, preparation for the GRE, GMAT, or MCAT, and other pre-professional or graduate study requirements.
Application Deadline 11/2.
For more than 20 years, Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities (IHCD) has worked to identify and eliminate disparities in health and cancer treatment among immigrants and minorities. Housed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center since 2011, the IHCD Service offers a wide range of programs for patients, healthcare professionals, and patient advocates. Their team uses a multidisciplinary approach to address gaps in healthcare at the local, national, and global levels. Their community-based programs provide a gateway to health education and services for immigrants and other medically underserved minorities in New York City and beyond.
- Language Requirement – Spanish or Chinese Fluency
- A Bachelor’s degree – OR – High school diploma with 2 years medical or research experience
- A genuine interest in working in health disparities research
- Excellent Communication, attention to detail, information and time management, administrative and Computer Skills