We know that many of you have made the hard decision to take a leave of absence for the Fall. Some of you may want to find internships for the Fall, so we thought it would be a good time to remind you of CCI’s Find an Internshippage. Although CCI does not have funding for Fall or Spring internships, you will find both paid and unpaid opportunities in the resources below.
Here are our top 5 tips for seeking internships.
We suggest starting with Handshake. Click on the “Jobs” tab and then “Internships.” Select a location if desired. Next use your filters. We suggest searching by industry area (scroll through the industry areas and select those that interest you) and then do another search by job function to bring up other options. If you are only interested in remote opportunities, type “remote” into the search bar at the top of the page.
Next check out Handshake’s Resource section. (To navigate from Handshake’s home page, click on Career Center and then Resources.) Sample resources you’ll find include:
CCI’s Career Path Pages – once on the career path of your choosing, navigate to the resources tab to find specific databases and web sites related to your interests.
Midd2Midd – log in and then select MiddConnect to search for alums in your location, industry area of interest, or major. This platform is not to be used to ask directly for an internship but to ask for advice. Feel free to reach out to alums but always do your homework first and send a thank you when alums respond. See the Networking Guide in #4 below.
List of Past Internships – see what Midd students have done in the past and contact them for questions about their experience.
GoinGlobal – in addition to searching internships outside of the US, you can use the US city guides for seeking internships in your preferred US city.
Idealist.org – lots of social impact internship and volunteer opportunities.
And more, such as ArtSearch, Jopwell, Vault, and USAJobs.
Use LinkedIn to search “jobs” and then “internships” under experience level. Or reach out to alums for advice. Again, do your homework – see Networking Guide below for tips.
Research organizations on your own – start by searching the organization’s web site for internships. If you don’t find opportunities listed, then reach out with a well-crafted email to ask if they would be willing to take you on as an intern. See CCI’s Resume and Cover Letter Guides and tips on Networking.
CCI Advisors are available for appointments during the summer. Schedule an appointment via Handshake with the career advisor that matches your interest.
Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime. Join us at this information session to learn about Volunteer experiences, ask questions about service, and gain tips to guide you through the application process.
Tuesday, July 14 at 6:30 PM ET
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The National Committee on U.S-China Relations is looking for both full-time and part-time Fall Interns! The internship offers an opportunity for current students and recent graduates to learn more about the dynamics in the U.S.-China relationship, while working directly on programs that impact and inform that evolving relationship. The internship is unpaid, but commuting costs are reimbursed.
Location: New York, NY
Fall term: September 2020 – December 2020
Application due: July 15, 2020
Internship responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
Research assistance for programs and briefing kits for delegations to China and visitors from China
Archiving historical and current material
Translating materials and correspondence (English – Chinese)
Developing and completing an impactful internship project
Excellent research, writing, interpersonal skills, and attention to detail
Ability to work well and thrive within a team environment
Academic background in Chinese studies, political science, international relations, or other relevant field
Knowledge of Mandarin Chinese
Ability to work a minimum of two days per week during business hours
How to Apply:
Please click here to apply for our fall 2020 internship. The fall internship program will be held virtually unless otherwise noted. The application requires the following components:
Cover letter indicating why you are interested in and qualified to work at the National Committee
Short writing sample (a published article, academic essay, etc.)
About U.S. Senate Office of Senator Patrick Leahy:
Senator Leahy is the most senior member of the United States Senate, he is the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and also the senior-most member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Senator Leahy offers internships during the fall, spring and summer semesters. For more information on Senator Leahy, please visit his website at: https://www.leahy.senate.gov/about.
About this position:
Senator Leahy’s internship program provides an opportunity to experience the legislative process at work, while becoming an integral part of the staff.
Internships are available in Senator Leahy’s offices in Burlington, as well as in his Washington, D.C. personal office. Interns work part- or full-time during the fall or spring school semesters, and full-time in the summer. Each intern will be given a variety of tasks, including researching legislative issues, drafting letters and memoranda, attending meetings, and performing general administrative duties. Stipends are often available, though not guaranteed. Preference will be given to Vermont candidates.
Please complete BOTH of the following steps. Those applicants who do not complete both steps will not be considered for the program.
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David Temple is currently the Head of Content, Creator, and HomefeedProduct at Pinterest. He graduated from Middlebury in 2005, with a BA degree in History and Political Science. As a seasoned product manager, David has written a Quick-Guide for people interested in pursuing a career in product management. You can check out his Quick-Guide here.
Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. You’ve worked at think tanks and small companies before starting your own company and now being Head of Content at one of the largest image engines. Can you provide an overview of your career path after graduating from Middlebury in 2005?After graduating Middlebury as a Feb, I had no idea what to do. I remember contacting different alums and someone telling me, “You should check out product management, I think you’d really enjoy it. It’s a dynamic role with many different responsibilities, but it’s still largely technical.” I wrote it all down on my notes, but I didn’t think anything about it till a couple years later when I started to work with product managers.
I spent the first year after graduation trying to map out what I wanted to pursue. I ended up moving to New Zealand and picked fruit on a cherry orchard for a little while. I bounced around in other small roles before moving with my wife to New Delhi, working for a think tank called the Institute for Peace and Conflict. There, I studied the natural gas trade of India in partnership with Iran.
After a while, I moved back to the US and started as an analyst at Gerson Lehrman Group, where I collaborated with hedge fund managers. Although it wasn’t a perfect fit, it showed me the importance of diving in and getting my foot in the door. I was primarily an analyst, but I found myself often going to the technology side of business and assisting with product development and engineering. Eventually, I got to know people in that field better and transferred into product management. Right after I transitioned roles in 2008, the stock market crashed. All of our clients disappeared, and I got laid off.
In retrospect, there was value in this unexpected turn of events. It gave me an awareness that things can change at any minute and a hunger to seek out new opportunities. Fortunately, the head of product management at Gerson had started a small company called LiveIntent and I went to work with them. I was actually the first employee there and everyday I learned something new. While he was running the business side of things, I ran the product and engineering. When I left, the company had over 30 employees and now it’s upwards of a hundred.
I then came out to San Francisco and worked for a company called Klout. It was a fun place to work because it was the classic Silicon Valley story: the company was growing exponentially before a sudden crash. The CEO had to sell the company, and that’s when I decided to start my own business. I spent three years working on that and had the time of my life. Although we were not as successful as we hoped, we were able to give the investors their money back by selling the company. Shortly after, I made the move to Pinterest. I’ve been running the Content Creators and Homefeed teams for the past couple of years.
For Middlebury students interested in exploring a career path in product management or in an adjacent area, what do you think are the most important skills they should have? How would you recommend them to get their foot in the industry?The interesting thing about product management is that very few people start as product managers — the best product managers tend to be in another career before switching to product management. While there are associate product management positions, it’s more typical for product managers to start as engineers or designers. A product manager typically gets described as being the “CEO” of a small part of the company. For that reason, you tend to do well in it if you’re the “CEO” of something you know really well.
In my case, my first product management position at Gerson Lehrman included building internal tools used by their analysts (the position I previously held). I felt confident going into that role because I knew what the customers wanted since I was one of those customers for 18 months. I think this advice is true for different fields. If you can specialize in something and find a way to be a product manager for what you specialize in, that is a natural way to enter the profession.
In terms of skills most necessary in product management, the industry looks for people taking an analytical approach to problems. But I’d say the key skill is having a high degree of empathy for the customer. Most of the other things you can learn, but empathy is more difficult. To my previous point, if you start in another position, you can gain empathy naturally. The most successful product managers I’ve seen spend a lot of time with their customers and understanding their problems. They ask “Why” so many times that it begins to get a bit uncomfortable, but that’s when you know that you’ve asked the question the right amount of times. I would also recommend the books by Marty Cagan, specifically the book “Inspired.” I think of him as the godfather of product management and anyone interested in the profession could learn a lot from his writing.
What was the most meaningful thing you learned at Middlebury?It’s hard to say this without it sounding scripted but it’s true: Middlebury taught me to love learning and be curious. There, I was able to pursue things which genuinely interested me, both personally and academically. So many of the things I’m grateful for now have come from that curiosity, which can be traced back to Middlebury’s professors and courses. I remember being encouraged to take a course on Russian Nihilism for one J-Term. While that’s something I wouldn’t have ever expected to be interested in, I loved it! The curiosity Middlebury instilled in me plays out in my current job: When something about my product feels off, even if I may not know how to solve it, I know how to analyze the problem. Middlebury taught me to have the curiosity and confidence to say, “I’m going to start poking at the problem and test different approaches.” Eventually through persistent trial and error, I’ll get to the kernel of the truth.
With COVID changing many industries, do you have any advice for Middlebury students or alums to navigate their career paths?As someone working in the technology industry, I feel that many things will probably not go back to normal. The way we think of traditional industries will also be different. The current pandemic has created a difficult moment for all of us, but it also presents enormous opportunities. One of the hardest things of starting a new product or company is making folks feel comfortable with starting something new. All of a sudden, everyone has to try a new way of doing things. If you have always wanted to start your own business, the current time may actually be the best time. I’m sure you’ll see some next wave of companies come out of this moment. If you can, right now is the time to dive in and take a chance.
This article was written by Arturo Simental and edited by Xiaoli Jin
This series is coordinated by Xiaoli Jin ’19. Look for more alumni profiles each week. You can connect with Xiaoli on LinkedIn.
In this time of social distancing, we are all looking for new ways to stay connected, and Midd2Midd is one of them! Midd2Midd connects Middlebury students, alumni, and parents, supporting mentoring, networking, and engagement within the Middlebury community around the world. Midd2Midd is your place to make things happen. Simply complete your profile, create a customized search, and begin to network!
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Our Remote Internship Program offers positions in our Research Departments that will provide interns an insider’s look into the 2020 election and modern politics. Interns work to provide voters with unbiased information by researching and collecting information on specific research areas about elected officials and candidates at both the state and federal level. The work of our interns empowers voters by allowing them to instantly research candidates without misdirection or partisan spin.
Remote interns work with our Research Staff to train in database management and professional communication. Together, they work as a team to strategically accomplish weekly and monthly goals. Clocking in during business hours, remote interns will have supervision from a Research Associate and Research Director.
Remote interns are valuable assets to our team by expanding the number of candidates and officials that can be researched. In 2018, Vote Smart Researchers delivered factual information on over 40,000 politicians, from all 50 state legislatures to the president, to over 11 million users. Vote Smart is highly regarded by all sides as a source for factual and truly nonpartisan info, having been cited by hundreds of news outlets nationwide and around the globe!”