Check out this post by Matt Floyd ‘17.5 about his experience last summer.
Opportunities at Monterey are Often Overlooked
On July 1, 2010, the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) became part of Middlebury College—a fact that almost all of us are tangentially aware of. But the full benefits of the union have been hard to identify, at least from a student’s perspective. Now that Middlebury has absorbed a graduate program (technically making it a “university”), what does that mean for current undergraduates? Many of us associate MIIS with their stellar Nuclear Nonproliferation Studies program, but are there benefits for people not interested in nukes?
I found myself in Monterey this past summer basically by accident. Searching for ways to continue my study of Russia and to boost my Russian language capabilities, I applied to the summer Language School but ultimately was unable to secure funding. It was through a teacher that I learned of a new program at Monterey called the Middlebury Summer Symposium on Russia, through their Graduate Initiative on Russian Studies, and a partnership between MIIS and Middlebury to fund the participation of one undergraduate student.
Other opportunities exist for Middlebury undergraduates to take advantage of the school’s new multifaceted function. A new Accelerated Degree Option allow Middlebury undergraduates and recent graduates to earn an accelerated master’s degree in areas such as International Environmental Policy, International Policy and Development, Public Administration, Second Language Acquisition, and Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies. These degrees are augmented by programs such as the Graduate Initiative on Russian Studies that leverage Middlebury’s strength in area study to compliment other focused degrees.
Beyond the Middlebury Summer Symposium on Russia, MIIS hosts other unique research and internship programs are open to current students at Middlebury. A new “Study Away” program allows Middlebury undergrads to spend a semester in Monterey in lieu of one of Middlebury’s study abroad programs to take graduate-level courses and earn credit. Other short programs include well-established internship at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, a Summer Peacebuilding Program, the Certificate in International Development and Social Change program, and the Social Impact Ambassadors Program. MIIS also has opportunities to pursue research on the Russian Far East over spring recess, to perform research in the China Field Research program over the summer, or to pursue other projects beyond those listed here.
Most importantly, thanks to the College’s integration with the Middlebury Institute, there is generous funding available for Middlebury students. My time in Monterey this summer was fully funded by Middlebury (thank you President Patton!) and yours could be too!
Matt Floyd ’18.5 is a Peer Career Advisor at the CCI and is an International Politics & Economics Major wtiha focus on Russia and Eurasia. In his role, he helps students develop resumes and cover letters, prepare for interviews, and access helpful job and internship search resources such as Handshake.
Come meet a representative from MIIS and learn all about the opportunities: Monday, Nov 6 at 4:30 pm in Hillcrest 103
Meet with Midd alumni working in Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations at UpNext: Careers in Communications. Participating alumni will lead panel discussions, networking, informal sessions, and more. This is an opportunity to explore the many facets of communication, hear about opportunities, and learn about pathways to success.
Resume Review Office Hours and an Alumni Lunch Panel with the below participating alumni!
- Patrick O’Donoghue ’85, Director of Business Affairs, Weiden + Kennedy NY
- Meghan Barstow ’94, Executive Vice President, Employee Engagement, Edelman
- Peter McSherry ’06, Vice President, Analytic Consulting Group, Epsilon
Click here to review their bios and to sign up for your 1:1 slot!
In the afternoon, Alumni will conduct workshops on roles and skills in Content Creation, Public Relations, and Digital Marketing. Click here to review the complete schedule including workshop descriptions.
Winter Term Independent Study: Evaluating Rural Development Models in the Dominican Republic
What role do international nongovernmental organizations play in promoting development? To what extent can they encourage environmental conservation and rural development, and make this model sustainable by creating a revenue stream rather than depending on grants? This experiential learning opportunity will entail 2 faculty and 3 students going to the Dominican Republic to evaluate an innovative development model used by Zorzal Cacao. This reserve-farm partnership links environmental conservation efforts to the development of sustainable and profitable organic Cacao cultivation. As such, it seeks to demonstrate how environmental conservation, local development, and profitability are not mutually exclusive, but in fact, can reinforce one another. Students will evaluate this innovative development model by conducting original fieldwork research, and could choose to engage in GIS mapping of existing farms to identify potential areas of development, survey farming partners to identify the strengths and weaknesses of existing partnerships, and research the factors that encourage or hinder potential new partners to participate in this model. Students will have a unique opportunity to engage in original fieldwork research and provide a professional program evaluation. Students must speak Spanish at either a proficient or fluent level.
Potential Projects that Students Might Select
- Evaluate current farm-reserve model – compare to surrounding farms
- Conservation – positive impact on thrush
- Fair/Direct trade – development
- Sustainability – ability of farm to support reserve
- Geocoding – GIS analysis or develop interactive map for farm/reserve
- Food focus – tree to bar, etc.
- November & December: students selected, and work with Professor Lewis and Professor Teets to develop projects. The owners will introduce the farm-reserve, and we will have other guests discuss different aspects of the project.
- Students will make travel plans (and enroll in IS if desired) by late November
- Dominican Republic: January 7th – 21st [Jan 7 (arrival day) to Jan 21st (return day)]
Application Process and Logistics
- This opportunity is paid for through a Middlebury College grant, so all costs other than incidentals will be covered for participants.
- If interested, students should email Professor Teets with a transcript, resume, and short essay explaining why you would like to participate, what sort of project most interests you, and how previous coursework, skills, or experiences have helped to prepare you to work on a research team in the DR.
- Applications are due by November 7, 2017.
- We will not have professional interpreters with us, so all students must be at least proficient in Spanish (fluency would be even better).
Transformative. Life Altering. That’s how your peers describe Middlebury’s MiddCORE: a mentor-driven, experiential learning program that offers students many opportunities:
- Develop foundational skills in leadership, innovation, and collaboration—essential to today’s ever-changing work environments
- Cultivate solutions to real-world problems
- Learn from mentors—leaders in business, government, and nonprofits
- Establish a lifelong network of mentors and peers
MiddCORE summer is a residential program held at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, June 30–July 28, 2018
Apply Now and Save $500.
Early Decision I: November 15, 2017
Accepted students save $500. Space is limited to 50 students.
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Carolyn Birsky ‘10.5 offers students a different way of approaching the job search process and avoid the trap of taking any job they can get their hands on. Students leave this event with a framework to self-inventory their strengths, values, along with a set of clear, actionable ways to conduct a purposeful job search. Ultimately, they will set themselves up to land a job that best suits them post-graduation, one that positions them for growth instead of frustration.
If you would like to attend this workshop, please sign up here in handshake. Pizza will be served!
Friday, November 3rd at 4pm in Coltrane
Big things happening here on campus this coming week in the world of social impact and development. Here are Tracy’s top 5 reasons you should try to attend any one of these events with our Middlebury alumni who have come back to campus:
1) Knowledge is power, and the more you are armed with info about certain sectors, the more easily it is to identify with why or why not this space is a place you want to spend your time and learn more from;
2) Internships are a great way to gain experience in a sector that you are curious about, whether its a nonprofit or a research think tank or social entrepreneurship, alumni here on campus are here to help you explore these possibilities;
3) Learn Who the Players Are: engaging with alumni who have experience in different sectors of the social impact space can help you understand ‘who the players are’ in the different sectors–are they NGOs (non-governmental organizations), consultants, funders, foundations, think tanks, or corporations;
4) Networking: at Middlebury we are so fortunate to have alumni that stay connected to their alma mater in ways that are incredibly meaningful, from mentoring current students during summer internships to helping seniors prepare for the job application and interview process. These alumni are willing to assist current students to connect with other like-minded professionals in their industries and sectors. So come meet them, ask well-prepared questions and think about ways that you can connect with their networks;
5) JOBS…there are so many ways that alumni ‘give back’ to Middlebury and one is by working with CCI to post jobs on Handshake. Don’t be surprised then, when you find entry-level J-PAL jobs listed in Handshake!
***EVENTS NOT TO BE MISSED THIS WEEK ***
- Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, CCI Library, ADK House – Alumni Career Conversation w/former CEO of Save the Children, Charlie MacCormack ’63: How to Enter Global Development
- Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, CCI Library, ADK House – Careers at the Abdul Latin Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT: Hannah Myers, Middlebury ’14, will present on J-PAL’s work, randomized evaluations, and how to get a job with J-PAL or J-PAL’s partners.
- Friday, November 3, 2017, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Coltrane Lounge, ADK House – How to Have a Purposeful Job Search: Carolyn Birsky ’10.5 offers students a different way of approaching the job search process and avoid the trap of taking any job they can get their hands on.
“When you’re a kid, you’re constantly being asked the question, “If you could be anything in the world, what would you be??” As you become an adult, you get asked less and less (And since it can be a stressful question, that’s usually a good thing!)” Unless, of course, you’re home for Thanksgiving break and your relatives bombard you with the usual line of questioning about how your ‘major’ will equal a career…in what, you think?! So Roadtrip Nation took to the road and gathered some intel about what gets us excited about Halloween, but more importantly, how your interests in everyday events can actually translate into bigger motivations like a career!
So go ahead and scroll through their list, choose the costume option that sounds most like your approach to Halloween, and they’ll show you some “wickedly great careers” you might want to explore. Whether you’re the type of person who spends weeks thinking up a costume, or the type that actually sews one (as opposed to thrift-store shopping), or puts endless hours into decorating your room or house with spooky stuff, here is a fun exercise to think creatively about the job you didn’t even know existed!
As for me, I am all about the candy, KitKats and Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups–which I have been swiping from my 3 kids’ trick o’ treat stashes for years!!