CCI Internship Update (with more information coming next week)

Dear Students,

Out of sight does not mean out of mind — we think of you all constantly and hope you are staying healthy, safe, and positive. 

I promised you another update on internships after my communication of March 28. While we had hoped to have decisions this week about College-wide policies on summer programs which will have an impact on CCI internship funding, we do not have that information yet. We now anticipate hearing about these new guidelines around April 15. This message will give you CCI’s current “best guess” of what we will be able to offer for internship funding, with more information coming next week. 

We know that many of your internships are being cancelled by the employers or that you are on a “wait and see” status.  Given the current COVID-19 situation and projections of when we will return to any sense of normalcy, we anticipate that the College may determine that only remote experiences — with some exceptions — be sponsored by the College this summer. Please see below for how this impacts internship funding:

  • If CCI can only offer funding for remote unpaid internships this summer, then all applications for funding must include a plan approved by your supervisor for working remotely. (In most cases, expenses would be for lost summer wages.) Contact your supervisor and discuss this provision. Include a description in your funding essay.  If remote work is not possible, explain the situation and any alternative plans.
  • We anticipate that there may be a few exceptions granted if the internship starts later in the summer, in a geography that has been relatively unaffected, and is not with a vulnerable population. These reviews would follow guidelines put forth by the US State Department and the CDC and final decisions on these opportunities would likely be made in June.  
  • While funding remains competitive, CCI’s goal is to fund as many students as possible and help create a summer of possibility under such trying circumstances. Therefore, we are broadening our definition of funding-eligible experiences. In addition to remote internships and experiences, we will fund volunteer opportunities, third-party provided virtual internships (e.g. CEA), and will consider other experiential opportunities that help students develop professional skills and advance career exploration.  As stated before, we anticipate that all must be done remotely.
  • CCI has also relaxed its criteria for length of internships/experiences. Instead of requiring 8 weeks at 30 hours a week for $3000 grants and 4 weeks at 25 hours a week for 1st Year Explore Grants, we will now consider funding experiential opportunities that are of varying length. Funding allocations for approved applications will be pro-rated based on established ranges of total number of hours, with maximum awards of $3000. Students who are partially funded will still be eligible for funding next summer (excluding Feb and May 2021 grads).  
  • CCI will now offer two deadlines for funding applications: April 13 for students who have confirmed internships, and May 8 for students who need more time to finalize plans. 
  • Submit an application and make your case for your experience…See applications for funding and directions, forms, and FAQs at go.middlebury.edu/summerfunding. 
  • If you are still looking for a remote experience, here are a few resources on remote internships to get you started.
  • And finally, it is fine for you to NOT participate in an internship this summer. For those who would like other ideas for the summer, see Ideas for an Impactful Summer.  

We hope to provide a more definitive set of guidelines for you next week related to CCI’s internship funding.  In the meantime, please keep your internship funding applications coming in. Thank you for your patience and please be in touch if we can help or talk through any situations. Remember, CCI advisors are available for Zoom and phone appointments – schedule appointments through Handshake. Feel free to also email internships@middlebury.edu with any questions.

Take good care. CCI is here to support you in any way we can.   

Ideas for an Impactful Summer

With mandatory closures of many organizations, social distancing requirements, and “shelter in place” orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is unlikely that many interns will be able to complete their summer 2020 internships on-site as planned. The CCI team has come up with some ideas of what you can do if your summer plans have changed.

Want help with finding summer opportunities? CCI is here to help! You can schedule a video or phone chat with an advisor in Handshake or sign up for Quick Questions with one of our Peer Career Advisors.

Global Affairs Career Forum – virtual – on April 23

What does a career in international affairs really look like?
On April 23rd, the Women’s Foreign Policy Group and NYU are co-hosting our first virtual international affairs forum. The program will include an online panel discussion, followed by breakout sessions with international affairs professionals. Participants will have the chance to connect with mid- and senior-level experts to gain practical career advice and to ask their own questions about our mentors’ career paths and today’s global job market. 

Panel Discussion: Launching Your Career in International Affairs
The program will open with an online panel conversation with international affairs practitioners. You’ll hear how they got started and what advice they have for you as you launch your career.

Breakout Sessions: Virtual Mentoring Roundtables
Attendees will break out into smaller virtual roundtable conversations to give students and recent graduates the chance to ask more in-depth questions of our mentors.

April 23, 2020 | 4:00 to 5:30 PM EST
REGISTER  
Space is limited. Advance registration is required.

Please direct any questions to programs@wfpg.org or (202) 429-2692. Learn more about WFPG’s mentoring programs.

Breaking into Consulting Panel with upper-class students, hosted by MCG

Interested in a career in the world of consulting? Hear from current Middlebury upperclassmen who have secured internships and full-time jobs at top-tier consulting firms in strategy, management, and economic consulting at the annual Breaking into Consulting Panel hosted by Middlebury Consulting Group.

The panel will consist of a moderated session on the panelists’ experiences followed by an open Q&A session for participants.

Moderator: Olivia Reed ‘20 – Oliver Wyman

Panelists:

Alex Corda ‘20 – EY-Parthenon

Elisa Gan ‘20 – Analysis Group

Nolan Shapiro ‘21 – Kaiser Associates

Frances Vandermeer ‘20 – Accenture Federal

The program will be: Sunday, April 19th, at 1 pm ET via Zoom (link to be emailed prior to event).

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/D885EsgyoD58v52r9

Zoom Security Update

Zoom Security Update slater@middleb… Wed, 04/08/2020 - 10:14 Chris Norris

Zoom has just released a new software update which adds a Security option to the Zoom meeting controls bar of the in-meeting experience. See below for a screenshot example. This new feature allows meeting hosts to easily manage the security of their Zoom meetings, including the ability to quickly lock a Zoom meeting, enable the waiting room feature, and a number of other helpful options to keep your Zoom meetings safe and secure.

Zoom toolbar with new security controls
(Credit: Zoom )

Security is very important to ITS and Middlebury. ITS continues to evaluate Zoom’s security posture and we have published an evolving list of guidelines and tips for safe use, as well as explanations of Zoom’s security options here: http://go.middlebury.edu/zoominfo.

Similarly, the FBI released guidance on March 30, 2020, which reflects that, with the appropriate security options enabled, Zoom can be used securely. ITS continues to monitor for updates to the FBI’s guidance on using Zoom and we will advise of any significant change to Middlebury’s use of Zoom.

Please familiarize yourself with how to use Zoom safely and securely, and should you have any questions about using Zoom at Middlebury, please reach out the ITS Helpdesk for guidance at mailto:helpdesk@middlebury.edu.

For Alumni For MiddPoints For Faculty For Staff For Students

Looking for a remote internship or experience this summer? Here are some tips to get you started.

Convert your current experience or create your own:

  • Already offered an in-person internship? Ask your employer if it can be converted into a remote experience. See article below on making the most of a remote internship.* 
  • Create your own by contacting an organization to ask if a posted internship can be done remotely or if the organization has projects (think research, writing, data analysis, social media, and more) you can work on from home in order to gain experience while helping them achieve their goals. 

Search databases and third-party providers for remote experiences:

  • Handshake: In the jobs tab, search internships and then use key word search “remote.” Use this article to get started:  How to get a job on Handshake (FAQ)
  • Idealist: Type “remote” in location tab to find hundreds of remote internships worldwide with organizations and nonprofits committed to making a difference.
  • Parker Dewey: Sign up for multiple paid micro-internships available across a variety of industries from entrepreneurs to large enterprises.  Create a free account and explore which opportunities seem most interesting to you based on assignment details, deadlines, and pay.  
  • CEA Virtual Internships Abroad: Engage in supervised international work experience and build global career readiness competencies, all while staying at home. (Deadline April 15; $450 placement fee but may be able be able to extend deadline and/or waive additional $95 application fee.)
  • Virtual Internships: Work for companies across the country or globe supporting projects ranging from social media support to full business projects, website design, market reports, financial assessments, and more. 

Articles on the benefits and how to navigate Remote Experiences:

CCI’s Remote Internship Guide

*6 Ways to Make the Most of a Remote Internship

Virtual Quick Questions Now Available Monday-Friday!

Thanks to our amazing Peer Career Advisors who are juggling remote learning and remote work, we are now offering virtual Quick Questions!

QQ hours are available Monday-Friday in Handshake. Please view the Events Calendar in Handshake for specific hours and details on how to sign up.