Author Archives: Rebekah Wilson

About Rebekah Wilson

English and American Literatures major at Middlebury College, Class of 2014

15 skills to work on

You’ve got your resume down. Your cover letter is impeccable. You’ve exhausted drop-in hours at Career Services (hint, hint) and can give a practice interview in your sleep. What else can you do to prepare? While we often emphasize obvious steps in the job search like resumes, cover letters, and the power of a firm [...]

Beyond Turkey Talk: Making the most of your holiday breaks

It’s official: fall is on its way out and the winter holidays are fast approaching! Many of you are headed home for Thanksgiving in just a couple short weeks for a few days of rest, good food, and a much-needed break from the books. Take advantage of this break from the daily grind to start thinking about next summer. In the last the last issue of The Compass we dished out some advice on networking over the holidays by formulating an “elevator speech” to let friends and family know what you’re looking for and what you have to offer. Here are some more ways to get a head start on your internship search!

According to’s guide to internships students should “[be] aware that certain industries and internships have early deadlines, and recruit and hire as early as November. Beginning your internship search during winter break affords you additional time to look for internships and perhaps make some valuable connections with alumni or professionals within organizations of interest prior to returning to college. ”

Internet resources like MOJO are great for finding internships, but don’t rely too heavily online resources, especially if you want to stay close to home this summer. You could miss out on some great opportunities right under your nose! Start by setting aside an afternoon or two during your break to make phone calls. Check in with local businesses and organizations to see about the possibilities of an internship. recommends looking for internships “online as well as identifying potential employers through classified ads, the the local Chamber of Commerce, or the phone book…Finding an internship requires some research and planning for finding the right internship opportunities but the results are definitely worth the effort.”

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Two upcoming info sessions you won’t want to miss!

There’s a lot happening on campus these days, but you’ll want to make sure to make time for these two upcoming events, brought to you by the Center for Education in Action.

1. Info Session with Professional-in-Residence from Monterey Institute of International Studies

Who: EIA’s Professional-in-Residence Lisa Leopold is Assistant Professor of English for Academic and Professional Purposes at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, where she teaches courses in Business Correspondence, Public Speaking, Editing, Oral Communication, and Academic and Policy Writing to international graduate students.

Where & When: Adirondack House Career Services Library, Thursday, October 20, 2-3:15 pm.

What & Why: Professor Leopold loves helping students to realize their professional dreams. Students have rated Professor Leopold’s courses very highly, and have told her she is a “first class reviewer.” Professor Leopold brings a wealth of experience to help meet the professional needs of Middlebury’s highly-talented international student body. Prior to teaching at the Monterey Institute, Professor Leopold taught English as a Second Language to immigrants, refugees, community college and university students in the U.S., as well as children in Ecuador. Join us and meet Professor Leopold.

2. Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Panel Discussion

Who: Returned Peace Corps volunteers and YOU. Come hear these Middlebury faculty and staff share their Peace Corps experiences! Interested in making a difference in the world and yourself? Fascinated by the prospect of living and working overseas and learning foreign languages? Attend this presentation to learn more about the Peace Corps, pick up informational materials, and hear firsthand stories of Middlebury faculty and staff who served as volunteers throughout the world!
For a list of notable Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who started their careers in the Peace Corps, go to:
Where & When: Dana Auditorium, Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
What & Why: Because life is calling! Peace Corps benefits include medical, dental, and housing, as well as a monthly stipend, transportation to and from your host country, 24 vacation days a year, and a $7,425 readjustment allowance after your 2-year service. And don’t forget that that you can earn your master’s degree while serving in the Peace Corps through our Master’s International program! Come and learn how your skills can be put to use in the Peace Corps!

This event is open to all members of the general public. Friends and family are encouraged to attend!
For more information, contact Recruiter Jerry Wagner at or 617-565-5541.

Hope to see you there (you, specifically)!

Teach For China Info Session Today

Teach For China Info Session Today, 4:30 MBH 104 Teach For China (TFC) is inspired by the vision that one day, all Chinese children will have access to a quality education.  Teach For China takes a unique approach to eliminating educational inequity by enlisting the US and China’s most promising future leaders in the effort. [...]

Middlebury Sweeps the ECCD Boston Application Numbers!

Middlebury swept the application numbers for the Eastern College Career Days (ECCD) in Boston next month. Middlebury had the most students out of eight participating schools (including Amherst, Bowdoin, Hamilton, and Wesleyan) register for the upcoming event on November 18th, with 82 students submitting 321 applications! We couldn’t be prouder and wish all 82 Midd [...]