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.
SunCommon® believes that everyone has the right to a healthy environment and brighter future – and renewable energy is where it starts.
Energy from the sun can power our lives and build vibrant communities. SunCommon’s mission is to tear down barriers to clean energy and use their business as a force for good.
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“We are succeeding by celebrating creativity, cross-functional collaboration, high energy, hard work, good play, deep networking and acknowledging that we’ll each make mistakes and learn from them. We know success. We know fun. Come do both with us.”
Their open positions are listed on their website. To apply to their Vermont clean energy jobs, prepare your resume and cover letter (both in PDF format) describing what interests you about the position, why you believe you’d succeed at it, and one of your greatest accomplishments. Please do include a cover letter – it helps them get to know you!
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!!
The Sustainability Solutions Lab (SSL), a new program developed by the Office of Sustainability Integration (OSI), will support students in designing and applying solutions to campus sustainability challenges. Its purpose is to create change that has positive impacts socially, environmentally, and economically. The OSI is offering up to 16 internship positions for Winter Term in which teams of students will work to develop a detailed plan for how the college can transform its energy system to be 100% renewable, highly efficient and to produce as much of its own energy as possible. This plan will form the basis for the College’s next big steps going beyond carbon neutrality.
To prepare students to take on this task, the SSL winter term internships will include training and workshops about: Problem definition, Design thinking, Systems mapping, Project management, Communication, How Middlebury works: Decision-making, Process, Stakeholders, Access to resources, and more.
Interns will become familiar with the current energy system in Vermont and on the Middlebury campus; establish a baseline of current efficiency and energy status; map out campus energy systems and subsystems;manipulate historical campus data for energy usage and carbon emissions; examine the Vermont Energy Plan and relevance to future campus energy planning; assess attitudes and behaviors toward energy usage on campus; explore existing and emerging energy technologies for their relevance to a net zero energy campus;refine the framework for moving toward a net zero energy campus developed by the Environmental Council and create a portfolio of projects that would move Middlebury closer to becoming a net zero energy campus including an assessment of the social, environmental, and economic costs and benefits of possible projects.
Deadline to apply for this internship: November 8
All students applying for the Sustainability Solutions Lab must register for an alternate Winter Term class during Winter Term registration in case you are not selected.
Intern Supervisor: Jack Byrne, Director of Office of Sustainability Integration
Academic Advisor: Steve Trombulak, Prof of Environmental & Biosphere Studies; Director of Sciences
For the full internship description and to apply, login to Handshake!
New Seedsheet Job in Boston:
Share with your friends in the Boston metro-area that Seedsheet, founded by Middlebury alum Cam MacKugler, is now hiring 2 Full-Time Salespeople to staff their permanent booth at the Boston Public Market. This would be an awesome opportunity for recent alums to dive into entrepreneurship and build up the valuable skill set of non-stop pitching! Here is a job posting.
Founder, CEO of Seedsheet
The Innovation Hub is now accepting applications for Middlebury Entrepreneurs 2018! Midd Entrepreneurs is a winter term course for students who want to start their own business or non—profit organization. Students will spend the month developing their ideas, building their business models, prototyping, interacting with a wide range of mentors, and preparing for the final event — when they pitch their ideas to a panel of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and local industry leaders. Winners of the pitch competition will get to represent Middlebury in the Launch VT Collegiate competition.**Note that you can apply to the class as a teammate or founding partner! By listing your skills and interests, we will help to assign you to a team that seems best fit.
The application can be found at go/entrepreneurs or using this link and is due October 27th, 2017.
Team Peru Internship for Credit with Prof. Orion Lewis- Calca Region, Peru
Agriculture extension in Peru is based off a western, top down, teacher-student model that does not consider traditional methods of knowledge transfer. The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development (AASD) is currently partnering with the community of Sacclio in Peru and a small group of identified community leaders to create a localized agriculture extension program that is specifically designed for small scale farmers. A localized extension program will offer trainings and resources for small scale farmers to organize, maintain traditional and environmentally friendly farming practices, provide agency and voice, and create innovative avenues to access markets. Students will participate in intensive facilitations and conversations to build context and critical perspectives; visit farming communities with differing levels of access; meet with NGOs, government officials, and community leaders; and participate in farming activities, workshops and other hands-on experiences. For more information visit http://alianzaandina.org/january-term/.
For this year’s JTerm students will join the AASD as stakeholders in this process. Students can expect to:
- Participate in intensive facilitations and conversations with the AASD to build context and critical perspectives;
- Visit farming communities with differing levels of access and connectivity as well as ecological zones;
- Meet with NGOs, government officials and community leaders;
- Participate in farming activities, workshops and hands on experience to build context;
- Immerse themselves in readings, informational videos will be discussed as well as weekly reflections.
Deliverables for this practicum have not yet been decided on, but will most likely fit into the following framework:
- A situation analysis related to a particular theme (which can be negotiated with the AASD in country)
- The design of an initiative—probably a tweak to an existing project–that is firmly rooted in the situation analysis
- A product that would support the initiative (which can be negotiated with AASD in country)”
For more information, visit AASD’s new website: http://alianzaandina.org/
Dates: January 8-26, 2018
Expenses: Students are responsible for program fees and travel costs.
To apply: Meet with Prof. Orion Lewis (email@example.com) to discuss independent study options by October 30. If approved, you will be directed to apply to AASD.
If you have any questions about Team Peru, please contact Carolyn Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org/831-647-6417
The Education Studies Program presents “A Panel of Alumni Teachers: What’s it like to make the move from Middlebury to your own classroom?” Join Middlebury alumni Clifford Alexander ’15, Missan DeSouza ’14, Tim Garcia ’14, Megan LaCasse Mercier ’14, and Emily Owens ’08 as they address your questions on Thursday, October 26 at 7:30pm in Twilight Auditorium.
Lots of Winter Term opportunities for students to get experience trying something that they are interested in or potentially to gain experience in their last internship before graduation. Below is a sampling of the opportunities. Sign in to Handshake and do a Keyword search with ‘winter term’ and more will show up!
Environmental Winter Term Internship Opportunities:
- Metrus Energy – Business Development in energy efficiency. Check it out here in Handshake: https://middlebury.joinhandshake.com/jobs/1082675/share_preview
- National Oceanic Atmospheric and Association (NOAA) – Ocean Acidification Program in WDC. Check it out on Handshake: https://middlebury.joinhandshake.com/jobs/1023454/share_preview
- Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) – Land Stewardship & Conservation intern. Check it out on Handshake: https://middlebury.joinhandshake.com/jobs/1054717/share_preview
- Office of Sustainability Integration – Sustainability Solutions Lab Internship moving toward a 100% renewable energy, net zero campus @ Middlebury. Check it out on Handshake: https://middlebury.joinhandshake.com/jobs/1069386/share_preview
Nonprofit Winter Term Internship Opportunities:
- Counseling Service of Addison County – Autism Internventionist Internship to learn how to support and teach individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Check it out on Handshake: https://middlebury.joinhandshake.com/jobs/1059864/share_preview
- Rural Education Action Program (REAP) – Impact evaluation group intern based at Stanford University working exclusively in China, and focusing on the design, implementation, and evaluation of projects that aim to improve health and educational outcomes among poor, rural children. Check it out on Handshake: https://middlebury.joinhandshake.com/jobs/1072780/share_preview
- WomenSafe – Advocate Intern working on a variety of services that strive to meet the needs of all people who experience stalking, dating, domestic or sexual violence. Check it out on Handshake: https://middlebury.joinhandshake.com/jobs/1053196/share_preview
- Charter House Coalition – Warming House Intern will be provided many learning opportunities within the Human Service arena, specifically around food and housing. Check it out on Handshake: https://middlebury.joinhandshake.com/jobs/1064495/share_preview
- Stride Foundation – Mentoring Program Intern, a non-profit dedicated to empowering girls and women through sports mentoring. Check it out on Handshake: https://middlebury.joinhandshake.com/jobs/1057043/share_preview