This past summer our very own Rachel Sider, a Peer Career Ambassador here at the Center for Education in Action (read her blog posts below!), interned with J Street, a pro-Israel, pro-Peace organization that advocates for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in Washington DC. Read Rachel’s interview below to find out more about her experience.
Tell us about your internship:
This past summer I was a Political and Development Intern at J Street. Working in the political department, I spent a lot of time working for the J Street PAC in writing candidate bios for the congressman J Street was endorsing for the 2012 election cycle. At the same time, I did a lot of researching donors and assisting with events for the development team. I got to sit in and participate in all of the staff meetings, and often had brown-bag lunches with senior staff and J Street’s other summer interns.
What was a typical day like for you?
I started off my day reading J Street’s daily News Roundup that highlights top news, opinion, and analysis on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Middle East in general. This was a great way to keep updated and informed about the daily happenings in the region. I typically spent the rest of the morning working on projects for the Development department, often using the various databases J Street uses to organize its supporters, donors, and events. I’d usually go out to lunch with the other interns in the office (there were about eight of us) and then always made a trip to the post office sometime in the afternoon. Some afternoons we would have staff meetings, while others I spent planning a Young Professionals Outreach Happy Hour for the DC Metro Local Chapter of J Street with several other interns.
What was your most meaningful accomplishment or favorite moment during your internship?
In the midst of J Street’s Two-State Summer campaign, J Street brought 7 former Israeli generals and diplomats to the United States to tour five major cities and meet with government officials, community leaders and the press to stress the urgency of the two-state solution and the need for peace talks before the Palestinian bid for UN membership in September. This was an exciting event for J Street, and I had the opportunity to plan a reception welcoming the former diplomats to Washington DC. for about 80 of J Street’s local supporters. I enjoyed taking on such a large responsibility and working with the J Street staff to ensure the event’s success.
Would you recommend your internship to others?
I definitely recommend this internship to students who are passionate about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and interested in either politics or the non-profit sector. Since J Street functions as both a PAC and an Education Fund, it offers perspectives and internship opportunities in both areas. I liked that I was able to take ownership on various projects, and feel like the work I did throughout the summer was meaningful and contributed to the success and mission of the organization. J Street has summer internships in Field Programs, Government Affairs, Communications, the Education Fund, and the Political and Development dept, so there are opportunities for students with varying career interests.
How did you find your internship?
J Street had posted over a dozen summer internship positions on its website and I’d gotten an email from J Street U–the student organizing arm of J Street–reaching out to students to apply.
What advice do you have for students looking for internships?
Start early! It doesn’t hurt to start brainstorming, looking for ideas online, and checking out your options early because deadlines for some opportunities come up as early January–some even earlier! Also, I feel that it is very important to be assertive and proactive in your search. It doesn’t hurt to reach out to those who work at the organization just to demonstrate interest and show how passionate you are about working for them.
Click here to find out more about J Street.
So ladies. You’ve started applying for internships. Maybe you’ve even secured a fantastic winter internship (Wintermship? Can we make that a “thing?” Please?). Somewhere in this process it’s probably dawned on you that jeggings and Bean boots might not be appropriate attire for the office. I know what you must be thinking. “But I just spent my birthday money/allowance/entire Crossroads paycheck on tickets to see Passion Pit! How will I afford a business casual wardrobe?” And more, existentially, “What is business casual, really? Do I really need to set foot in an Ann Taylor? All that mauve makes me uncomfortable.”
Don’t worry. Even though you’ve made a grave mistake (Passion Pit is terrible live. You’ll regret it. Also, Ann Taylor is under-appreciated. Give a sister a chance.) we’ve got you covered. Check out this article from HelloGiggles (which just might become your new favorite website if it isn’t already) for tips on how to dress all business casual-y on a college kid budget:
As classes get going, here at EIA (Education in Action) we wanted to put a few thoughts in your head about internships.
First of all, Winter Term is a great time to get some experience. Save the date for the information session on Tuesday, September 27. At 12:30 or 4:30, both sessions in Hillcrest 103. Come to learn all about applying for credit, or just to find out about some good opportunities.
In the meantime, here is a quick glimpse of some ‘hot’ opportunities in MOJO right now:
• Campus Education and Outreach Coordinator at Food and Water Watch. Deadline Sept 19. Can be done virtually here on campus.
• Food Sovereignty Campaign Intern, Rural Vermont Deadline Sept 19
• Program Coordinator at Girl Scouts of Green and White Mountains. Deadline Sept 25
• Web Content developer at Terry Bicycles in Burlington with TRUSTEE Liz Robert, deadline Sept 18.
• WT EMT class, Info session this Thurs at 5 pm in Axin 229. Deadline to apply is Oct 14
• WT Intern at Democracy for America. Deadline Oct 9
• WT Market Research Intern at Vtrim Online Solutions (weight loss and management) via alum and PAID, deadline October 9
• WT Research Intern at Peak XV Capital in NY via alum. Deadline Oct 9
• WT intern at Copper Canyon Press in Port Townsend WA. New this year. Deadline Oct 9
• WT Hunger Action intern at Presbytery of Philadelphia via alum. Deadline Oct 9
• WT Research and Web development intern at WowToyz in Vergennes. Deadline Oct. 9 Seems like cool, new opportunity.
• WT application for credit. Deadline is Oct 28 and all info is here: http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/resources/cso/students/internships/winter/wtforms
Interested in any of these? Head to MOJO right now and apply!
If you are like many people out there in the Middlebury world who are still looking for that killer internship to keep the mind busy and cupcakes active, then all is not lost. I was just buzzing around MOJO to see what I could find and there was quite a bit write home about. Most of you sports fans are in the heat of the moment with assignments before finals and the only time you have to yourself is during the still of the night. Well, besides knowing my 80s hair bands, I know that there are currently 25 new internships to be gobbled up within the next 6 days. Yes, in six days, 25 internship postings will disappear…forever! Well, maybe not forever but you won’t be able to apply to them anymore. Odds are you have a resume already so all you really need to do is just get that cover letter together and boom you are there!
There are quite a slew of new internships in industries ranging from the environment, to marketing, to teaching, and even still some to finance. Some notable institutions include:
City Parks Foundation
Good Harbor Consulting
US Department of Agriculture
There are many more not listed and the best part is, is that all of these internships are dispersed throughout various parts of the country from the big three on the east (New York, Boston and DC) to way out in Washington state. You know that no one really does too much work on Fridays, especially when the sun is out, so when you are just sitting there on your cup cakes just log on to MOJO and apply! It’s easy baby.
As always there are drop ins from 2-5 every Monday through Friday and the wonderful folks over here want to talk to you! So stop in even if you just want to chat. Boom baby!
If you’ve been following this blog for the past month, you probably saw a few posts about housing. In case you haven’t and you’re thinking to yourself right now, “holy guacamole I don’t know where I’m living this summer!” don’t worry, we’ve got ya covered!
Call it an East Coast bias, (after all that’s where Midd is) but the top three cities for summer internships are New York, Boston, and Washington D.C. So that’s where we started creating City Guides to help interns find affordable, convenient summer housing. However, there are links to housing resources in other cities as well, including Philly, San Francisco and Chicago.
The Housing Guides are very useful because they help you compare different housing options. Each listing has the name of the university or company, location/neighborhood, weekly price, type of accommodation (double, apartment etc), and any extras like meals.
Click Read More for the 2011 Summer Housing Guides
Maybe your finance internship didn’t work out or you simply want to learn more about Business, Finance, Accounting, or Marketing this summer. There are a variety of programs available to introduce liberal arts students to business disciplines this summer. There are options available from 3 to 6 weeks; local, east-coast, west-coast, and international—and for varying levels of business knowledge. Click Read More for the details about each school, application deadlines and descriptions. Deadlines begin April 15, so start your applications now!
Schools/Programs: Tuck Business Bridge (Apr. 15), Swiss Finance Academy (Apr. 15), BASE Summer Program at the Hass School at UC Berkeley (Apr. 30), The Chicago Booth Summer Business Scholars Program (rolling), NYU Stern – Business Essentials for Non-Business Students (Jun. 4), Holy Cross Summer Business Program (mid-april)
Still looking for an internship this summer? If you’re from the Washington D.C. area or would like to work there, check out the 8 internships available at the Council on Foundations. Whether you have an interest in philanthropy as a career or not, they have a range of internships in field from Event Planning and Communications to Government Relations and Global Philanthropy!
About the Organization:
The Council on Foundations is a national nonprofit association of approximately 2,000 grantmaking foundations and corporations. As a leader in philanthropy, we strive to increase the effectiveness, stewardship, and accountability of our sector while providing our members with the services and support they need for success.
Location: Arlington, VA
Timing: Approximately 12 weeks, May 31-August 19, 35 hours/ wk
Pay: $10.50/ hour for undergraduate students or $12 for graduate students
Deadline: April 20
1. Click Read More to see all available jobs.
2. Go to MOJO to see full job descriptions and apply by April 20!
Check out the Washington D.C. Housing Guide
Still looking for an internship this summer? No matter where your area of interest is, most likely there is an internship for you at the NYC Parks Department this summer! There are 15 available internships in different areas of the Parks Department, which include Forestry and Arboriculture(sounds impressive!), to Research and Planning, to Communications and Publications.
Although the internships are unpaid, there is funding available for Middlebury students who intern with the Parks Department. Note: you can only apply for this after you are accepted to one of the internships first, so you must first apply for the internships on MOJO.
The internships are provided by Middlebury trustee Adrian Benepe ’78, who is also the Commissioner of the Parks Department.
The deadline for all the NYC Parks internships is April 10
1. Click Read More to see the full list of available internships and read about the Parks Department.
2. Go to MOJO and login.
3. Search with the keyword “nyc parks” to get more detail on each internships and APPLY!
Check out the New York Housing Guide!
Yes, this is the Internships Blog, but occasionally I post stuff that related to Career Services but not exactly part of it. We’ve been talking for weeks about how to apply for unpaid internship funding (I even made a video!), but often students want to know where else they can try to get funding. The disclaimer is that this is NOT funding for internships, but rather for a project that you design. It’s kind of like making your own internship!
Apply to Stonehenge 2011 and turn your IDEA → REALITY this summer
Stonehenge is accepting written proposals, up to 3 pages in length, in which you explain the inspiration and/or viability of your idea or business. (Proposal application is attached.)
Stonehenge competition categories:
Vermont Community and Policy
On Sunday April 17th, 2011 applicants with the top written proposals in each of these categories will be invited to pitch their idea for 10 minutes to an expert panel of judges made up of alumni, community members and faculty.
Winners will receive $3,000 for the summer. Students will be provided space in the Old Stone Mill, access to Middlebury’s summer room and board, and professional mentoring.
For more info: go/stonehenge
NYC and Washington D.C. are great places to do internships, but what if the company you want to work for is located somewhere else, say, Boston, Mass? The city has lots of internships in Finance, Healthcare, and Education, so if you’re interested in these industries there’s a good chance you’ll end up there. In that case, I guess you’re gonna need a pad in beantown then, and that’s what we’re here for!
Navigating all the possible places to live can be quite difficult, so I’ve tried to lay it out in a simple way that lets you compare prices as well. These have all been vetted and actually exist and are great options to choose from. Vamos!
Lesley University (Cambridge)
$280/wk – air conditioning extra (double)
Suffolk University (Beacon Hill)
$349-$385/wk – incl. breakfast, cable. meal plan is extra(2-6 person apartments)
MIT Fraternities (Cambridge)
$300-$450/wk – some include meals
Northeastern University (Back Bay)
If you’re still looking for more options or you’re not sure which one to pick, try contacting alums on MiddNet.