The staff at the Center for Careers and Internships (CCI) are sending their best wishes that you and your families are safe and healthy and reminding you that while we may not be in Adirondack House, we are still here for you! You all received an email on March 15th that CCI will continue to offer a full-range of support and resources with a variety of online tools.
We may not be on campus together, but the CCI team is working remotely to support you!
We know that many of you are thinking about future internships and jobs—and aren’t quite sure what to do now that in-person events from CCI have been canceled. We’re here to reassure you that just because most work is moving online, it doesn’t mean you need to stop planning internships, engaging with potential employers, and applying for jobs.
Use this as a guide for to how to leverage some of the systems we use at CCI to continue to actively explore career opportunities without coming to campus.
Attend online events: To the greatest extent possible, we are shifting all events online. Simply log in to Handshake and search for events that interest you.
Schedule advisor appointments via video chat or phone: Don’t miss out on appointments. Our advisors are still here and all sessions can be hosted virtually or by phone. Head to Handshake to schedule an appointment. Once you’ve selected your appointment category and type, select the appointment desired, then for Appointment Medium choose Video Call or Phone Call. You will receive a confirmation email from Handshake with the advisor’s Zoom link and phone number.
Fill out your online profile: Did you know that 80% of students who fill out location preferences, job role preferences, and job type preferences receive a message from an employer? It’s a simple step, but a really effective way to start engaging with potential employers online. Here’s a quick guide to getting the most out of your Handshake profile. Need help with your résumé? Our Peer Career Advisors are still available to review your résumé and cover letter! Simply email your résumé to CCIPCA@middlebury.edu and they will get back to you.
Follow employers you’re interested in: By following an employer, you’ll be alerted when they post an upcoming online event.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out; we are committed to making sure you have the help and resources you need to continue to plan for your future.
Ask your recommenders for letters of recommendation early on and stay on top of them.
A large component of many summer internship applications require multiple letters of recommendation from faculty, advisors, supervisors, etc. These can be just as important as the actual application in that it adds to the story of you as an applicant and also must conform to deadlines. Some internships accept students on a rolling basis, meaning that applications, including letters of recommendation, are reviewed as soon as an application is received so earlier applicants have higher chances of being selected while a late or missing letter of rec can hinder one’s application from being reviewed in a timely fashion.
To best ensure that your letter is completed by your recommender on time is to ask early! It’s helpful to meet with or email them to explain your interest in the different internships and what you would like for them to focus on in their letters. This helps to keep them involved in your application process and ensure that not all of your recommenders repeat the same things about you. It’s important to remember that everyone is busy, especially faculty and staff, so making sure that you’re giving them enough time to write a good letter and submit it by the deadline will only make everything go smoother. Don’t be afraid to send them a reminder email or meet with them before the letter is due to make sure that it hasn’t slipped off their radar and that the letter gets in on time!
Need help with your résumé and/or cover letter? CCI is available to help you virtually! Email your résumé to CCIPCA@middlebury.edu and one of our Advisors will get back to you. If you’d rather discuss it in “real time” – schedule a video chat or phone appointment with one of the Advisors in Handshake.
This is an extraordinary and unprecedented time—and as you settle into your various locations across the globe, the CCI staff would like to remind you that we are standing by to ensure your career and internship needs are met. When you are ready to begin thinking about your next steps, reach out to us.
While ADK may now be geographically far away, the CCI will continue to offer a full-range of support and resources with a variety of online tools. Please stay tuned as we re-work our programming. We plan to be able to continue to deliver the services you need, and we look forward to coming together virtually in the coming weeks.
CCI IS STANDING BY:
Advisor appointments continue to be available in Handshake via video chat or phone.
We will continue to communicate via our weekly Career Path Page newsletters, so if you haven’t already signed up to receive them, please do so. The newsletters keep you updated on opportunities in Handshake, career tips, relevant articles, etc. You can choose the Career Path pages most relevant to your interests. Simply fill in the Career Path Sign Up section in the right navigation of each page link below.
Midd2Midd facilitates mentoring, networking, and outreach across the Middlebury community of students, alumni, and parents. If you haven’t already, review our new Networking Guide, then log in to Midd2Midd, complete your profile, and build your network.
New jobs and internships are posted daily in Handshake. Log in, complete your profile, and continue your search. Though many employers are not currently interviewing in person, this is a good time to review our Interview Preparation Guide and to prepare for virtual interviews. Many alumni in Midd2Midd have volunteered to help you practice.
The résumé approval requirement has been waived for the internship funding application process, but if you would like help with your résumé, you may email it to CCIPCA@middlebury.edu for feedback. Stay tuned for more updates on the internship funding process.
CCI sends our wishes that you and your family and friends are well. We are all in this together and we are here for you.
Like you, we are working to process and assimilate the abrupt transition we’ve all just experienced. Many of you have reached out with questions about how the shift to remote learning will impact your pre-health preparation. The short answer is that we don’t know, as the conversations between pre-health advisors and health professions programs are just beginning. We have strong, longstanding relationship with many folks in medical school admissions and know them to be reasonable and understanding. We will keep you posted as we learn any information with respect to MCATS, tweaks to the AMCAS application process, a greater openness to accepting online coursework, and consideration of the P/F option for prerequisites. For now, the CCI will be open and we are here to talk! As always, feel free to email us a question or schedule a virtual appointment on Handshake (ML) or by email (ML and HB). As we move forward, we anticipate potential disruptions to your summer plans, but rest assured, we’ll figure it out together.
We leave you with this: We are entering the greatest public
health event of our lifetime. As you settle in to your new locales, look
to the organizations in your communities that might need your help. Your
engagement might look different than anything you ever imagined; perhaps it
will take the form of telephoning elderly shut-ins to provide them with human
contact, dropping meals or books off outside the door of a quarantined
individual, or assembling activity kits for homebound school aged children, but
your efforts will matter. When you reflect on this time years from now, how
powerful it will be to know that during an immensely challenging time, you
showed up. We believe in your ability to weather this storm and deliver
empathy, kindness and connection along the way.
Sometimes internship postings hire on a rolling basis but only post a final deadline date. If you have your eye on an internship that you know you want to apply to, don’t wait until the deadline.
Networking with someone at the company can be a good way to find out how their hiring process works and can give you some more clarity.
It’s a good idea to apply early for several reasons. First, once you submit your application, you don’t have to think about working on it anymore and can relax. It’s just a waiting game from then on and there’s not much you can do about it. Second, even if you are the perfect candidate, by waiting until the deadline, you may be hurting your chances of getting the internship because the position may have already been filled. Applying early means that if you are a good fit, the company will have spots available, and you may have a better chance of getting an interview and being hired. However, applying early does not mean rushing through your résumé and cover letter. It is still important to take your time to work on the application and make sure that it is the best it can possibly be.
Need help with your résumé and/or cover letter? Peer Career Advisors are here to help! go/PCAs for their Quick Question hours – OR – join us for our Résumé Review Week March 16-20 and enjoy snacks while you meet with a PCA!
Unsure about how to network? Start by joining Midd2Midd! Midd2Midd connects Middlebury students, alumni, and parents supporting mentoring, networking, and engagement within the Middlebury community around the world.