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Interested in Education? Check Out These Exciting Internship Options!

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Yesterday I featured some of the environmental science-related internships that are still on MOJO, and today I highlight some opportunities in the field of education. These options provide both some hands-on experience in the education field, and also a more broad introduction to civic engagement. To learn more about these positions or to apply, visit MOJO today!

Y.O.U.’s Inspire Fellows Program at Youth Organization Umbrella in Evanston, IL

Deadline to Apply: April 27

This  fellowship is intended for leaders who are interested in a dynamic and fast-paced work environment that offers a hands-on introduction to the fields of positive youth development, education, and non-profit management. Inspire Fellows serve as workshop leaders and counselors for Y.O.U.’s 9-week summer program. Fellows are chosen to develop and facilitate specific workshops in one of three areas: arts and literature, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), or recreational activities. Additionally, all fellows help lead discussions and workshops on life skills topics. *Although this internship is unpaid, you can apply for funding from Middlebury at go/summerfunding.

Paid First to the Top Fellowship at the Tennessee Department of Education in Nashville, TN

Deadline to Apply: May 31

The fellowship is designed to provide students disciplines with an opportunity to play an integral role in the innovative and ambitious work taking place at the Tennessee Department of Education and across the state. Each fellow will be matched with a top leader in the department to work on essential projects tied to “First to the Top” goals. Potential examples include: designing a competition and forum for high-performing and fast-improving schools to share their strongest practices with schools struggling in similar areas; developing a state-wide principal training academy model; and helping develop training and support for Common Core implementation.

Paid Summer Community Intern at The Dream Program in Winooski, VT

Deadline to Apply: May 1

DREAM is a youth-based Village Mentoring organization. We build communities of families and college students that empower children from affordable housing neighborhoods to recognize their options, make informed decisions, and achieve their dreams. Summer Community Interns work with a young, passionate group of people to provide awesome summer programming to children ages five to eighteen living in affordable housing communities across Vermont. Each intern is responsible for programming with housing communities in a region, but also collaborates with other communities outside their region. In addition to developing and implementing children’s programming, each intern also works closely with families to build and support strong community relationships.

 

 

Summer Green Internships–Still Accepting Applications!

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Hey Midd Kids–check out these great and green internships that involve anything from environmental science, to agriculture, to research! The deadlines are coming up in a few days, so head over to MOJO to learn more about these positions or to apply today!

1. Business Administration Internship at Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) in Richmond, VT

Deadline to Apply: April 30

This hands-on experience allows interns to take part in all aspects of non-profit, year-round conservation and education, as VYCC seeks to teach individuals to take personal responsibility for their actions. This intern would assist in the organization’s mission of providing conservation, agriculture, and disaster relief projects throughout Vermont. Responsibilities would include: providing administrative support for Field Staff, assisting with crew start-up and orientation, and working on conservation and environmental initiatives. *Although this internship is unpaid, you can apply for funding from Middlebury at go/summerfunding.

2. Campus Sustainability Assessment Intern at the University of Chile in Santiago

Deadline to Apply: April 30

The University of Chile faculty has been working on a transversal sustainability initiative over the last 2 years that includes changes to the curriculum, promoting service learning and public workshops, and establishing a recycling program. This intern will propose and apply a methodology for comprehensive sustainability assessment, using the STARS system (https://stars.aashe.org/) and adapting it to the University. The impact of the intern’s work will be important for advancing sustainability on our campus and also for promoting sustainability on other Chilean campuses. *Although this internship is unpaid, you can apply for funding through Middlebury at go/summerfunding.

3. Apprentice at D Acres of New Hampshire in Dorchester, NH

Deadline to Apply: April 30

D Acres of New Hampshire is an innovative, non-profit organic permaculture farm & educational homestead located on 180 acres of forest, perennial, and annual gardens in the rural foothills of the White Mountains, and its mission is to improve the human relationship with the New England landscape by researching, teaching, and applying skills of sustainability, subsistence living, and small scale agriculture. Interns and apprentices are involved in all aspects of daily operations at our working farm and homestead and can focus on the following areas: organic gardening, sustainable forestry, animal husbandry, woodworking, blacksmithing, herbology, metal fabrication, grant writing, alternative building and earthen construction, culinary arts and food preservation etc. *Although this internship is unpaid, you can apply for funding through Middlebury at go/summerfunding.

4. Paid Chinese Program Consultant at ECOLOGIA in Middlebury, VT and China

Deadline to Apply: May 1

ECOLOGIA, a Vermont-based environmental NGO, is seeking a summer intern for its China Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program. Working closely and travelling with staff, the intern will implement ISO 26000 with Chinese businesses, network with businesses and institutions interested in its work. The intern will expand ECOLOGIA’s network related to CSR by seeking out new contacts and reconnecting ECOLOGIA’s old contacts. This will involve research and social networking on the Internet, finding people through his/her existing network. Additionally, the intern will research relevant policy and trends on CSR in China In order to inform the future direction of our program, the intern will conduct research on the most recent government policies, macroeconomic and business trends related to Corporate Social Responsibility.

5. Summer Intern at WhistlePig Wiskey in Shoreham, VT

Deadline to Apply: May 1

WhistlePig Whiskey is a premium rye whiskey company based on WhistlePig Farm in Shoreham, VT. Interns will help with all aspects of the business, including managing day-to-day details of the company and ensuring that business operations move forward smoothly. WhistlePig is a small company, so interns will be intimately involved with nearly all aspects of the business: interacting with state and federal regulatory agencies, managing a working farm, working with bond and insurance firms, communicating and coordinating with investors, suppliers, distributors, vendors, and customers, and general office responsibilities. This opportunity is provided by Connor Wood ’11.

6. Paid Life Sciences Internship at Massachusetts Life Sciences Center in Waltham, MA

Deadline to Apply: April 30

For students interested in career opportunities in the life sciences, the Center provides a mentoring and internship program pairing up hundreds of students from Massachusetts with over 200 different companies across the state. Objectives of the Internship Challenge include expanding the pool of prospective employees who have practical experience, enhancing opportunities for mentoring, enabling more students to explore career opportunities despite the challenging economic environment, and providing to students interested in working in the life sciences a peer network through educational and informational networking events.

 

 

Making the Most of Your Summer Internship

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Once you are set to begin your internship, how can you maximize your experience? Here are a few tips on how to make your internship the best it can be.

Before you arrive…

Goals and Expectations. It is helpful to begin your internship with a clear set of goals and expectations in mind. Re-evaluate your initial internship goals in light of the specific position you’ve been offered, as well as what you hope to contribute to the organization.

Background Knowledge. Before beginning your internship, try to ensure that you have a strong sense of your organization’s mission and how it works. Take the time to perform any additional background research on the organization and its industry.

While you’re there…

Professionalism. Make a point of demonstrating standards of professionalism throughout your internship experience. This not only ensures your effectiveness as an intern, but also demonstrates your commitment and dedication to the experience as well as your reliability as a valuable member of the organization.

Attitude. Maintaining a positive attitude is key to a successful internship experience. Be enthusiastic and do your best on every task you are assigned, even if at first it seems rather mundane and not as challenging as you might like. Demonstrating a cheerful and energetic attitude toward all of your work will prove impressive to your supervisors and potentially lead to more challenging tasks.

Initiative. Another way to facilitate an enriching experience is to be a proactive intern. There may be times when your supervisor does not have anything pressing for you to do. In such cases, offer to expand on a small project you have already been assigned, or suggest another project you think might benefit the organization.

Network. Introduce yourself and be friendly with colleagues and co-workers. Be curious about the people you work with, and ask questions about their specialty areas, interests, motivations for entering the field, and how they started out. You might indeed find a mentor willing to share experiences, perspectives, and offer career advice.

When it’s over…

Follow up. Follow up with an e-mail thank-you or a hand-written card in the mail to your supervisor. Stay in touch afterwards to maintain networking connections and good rapport for possible references and letters of recommendation. Remember that many organizations hire permanent employees from their intern pool.

Summer Internship Opportunities in Education—Apply Now!

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To learn more about these positions or to apply, visit MOJO today!

1. Y.O.U.’s Inspire Fellows Program at Youth Organization Umbrella in Evanston, IL

Deadline to Apply: April 27

This  fellowship is intended for leaders who are interested in a dynamic and fast-paced work environment that offers a hands-on introduction to the fields of positive youth development, education, and non-profit management. Inspire Fellows serve as workshop leaders and counselors for Y.O.U.’s 9-week summer program. Fellows are chosen to develop and facilitate specific workshops in one of three areas: arts and literature, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), or recreational activities. Additionally, all fellows help lead discussions and workshops on life skills topics. *Although this internship is unpaid, you can apply for funding from Middlebury at go/summerfunding.

2. Paid First to the Top Fellowship at the Tennessee Department of Education in Nashville, TN

Deadline to Apply: May 31

The fellowship is designed to provide students disciplines with an opportunity to play an integral role in the innovative and ambitious work taking place at the Tennessee Department of Education and across the state. Each fellow will be matched with a top leader in the department to work on essential projects tied to “First to the Top” goals. Potential examples include: designing a competition and forum for high-performing and fast-improving schools to share their strongest practices with schools struggling in similar areas; developing a state-wide principal training academy model; and helping develop training and support for Common Core implementation.

3. Paid Summer Community Intern at The Dream Program in Winooski, VT

Deadline to Apply: May 1

DREAM is a youth-based Village Mentoring organization. We build communities of families and college students that empower children from affordable housing neighborhoods to recognize their options, make informed decisions, and achieve their dreams. Summer Community Interns work with a young, passionate group of people to provide awesome summer programming to children ages five to eighteen living in affordable housing communities across Vermont. Each intern is responsible for programming with housing communities in a region, but also collaborates with other communities outside their region. In addition to developing and implementing children’s programming, each intern also works closely with families to build and support strong community relationships.

 

Government Internships Accepting Applications Now!

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You’ve seen over the past few days what MOJO has to offer for English and Language-oriented students, but today you can see what’s left in terms of government and Political Science opportunities. Although I’ve already figured out my summer plans, I’ve certainly been tempted by a few of these options. Take a look below to get an idea of what you can still apply for, and to learn more about these positions or to apply, visit MOJO today!

1. Richard F. Riley Jr. Internship Program at the Truman National Security Project in Washington, DC

Deadline to Apply: April 23

The Truman National Security Project is a national security leadership institute, the nation’s only organization that recruits, trains, and positions new generation of progressives across America to lead on national security. Their mission is to provide skills, knowledge, and network to create an influential force of leaders across the country who advance strong progressive national security policy. The Truman National Security Project offers internships in four areas: Political, Communications, Policy, and Management. *Although this internship is unpaid, you can apply for funding from Middlebury at go/summerfunding.

2. Paid Political Consulting Intern at Cence Cincotti Strategies in Boston, MA

Deadline to Apply: April 27

A newly formed progressive/Democratic political consulting firm in Boston is seeking summer interns to be involved in many different issues and campaigns at once. he firm works with dozens of clients with an eye toward the November 2012 elections, from candidates to advocacy campaigns. As an intern, you’ll be exposed to the inner workings of local politics—meeting movers and shakers, being privy to inside strategy, and navigating the state’s more-complicated-than-it-gets-credit-for political geography. All the while, you’ll be helping to push progressive causes and see actual tangible results from your labors.

3. Paid Summer Outreach Intern at Wilderness Workshop in Carbondale, CO
Deadline to Apply:
April 23

The Wilderness Workshop intern will work under the supervision of various Wilderness Workshop and Hidden Gems Campaign staff, and the primary activities will consist of the following: organizing support for congressional wilderness proposals; conducting hikes and tours of the proposed wilderness areas; and planning and coordinating summer events. Additional duties may include: preparing for and delivering presentations; engaging and rallying supporters by phone and in person; participating in outreach to the local community; updating the campaign’s website and social media sites.

Internship Highlights: Using Your Language Skills

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Since Middlebury is known for it’s languages, many of you have backgrounds in Spanish, French, or Chinese,  or have even taken up linguistics. These language-related internships sound super interesting, and  may be the perfect match for a language-minded Midd kid. Head over to MOJO to read up on these positions or to apply today!

1. Business Planning and Development Intern at The Language Way in Ossing, NY

Deadline to Apply: April 20

The Language Way offers customized Spanish classes for organizations and individuals who need to service their clients professionally in Spanish; multinational corporations doing business abroad and/or interested in consolidating departments within North and South America have found their programs essential to meeting their goals and containing costs. In this internship you will work with the president of The Language Way and local small businesses to develop an effective business plan and marketing strategy for the company so they can grow their business to the next level. *Although this internship is unpaid, you can apply for funding from Middlebury at go/summerfunding.

2. Paid International Project Management Intern at Sprung Language Solutions in NYC

Deadline to Apply: April 30

If you are interested in international communications, then this may be the position for you! Working here would give you the chance to help Fortune-500 companies grow their international business, build your own career path, and participate in driving company policy. In this position, you will be responsible for searching for translators that meet Sprung requirements, screening applicants, trafficking new jobs to/from  translators, and conducting cross-language quality checks across all languages.

Summer Internships in Journalism and Publishing—Apply Now!

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Hello readers! Today I’ve compiled a list of some very cool internships in writing and journalism for you to check out. They all offer variations of experience, but guarantee to provide you with an enriching and insightful experience. To learn more about these positions or to apply, visit MOJO today!

1. Sports Copy Editor at Colorado Springs Gazette in Colorado Springs, CO

Deadline to Apply: April 23

The Sports Copy Editor would work with the sports editor and copy desk in posting material online and through social media, and putting out the daily newspaper. This summer is an excellent chance to work hands on in journalism and contribute to the workings of a daily publication! Midd Alum Jim O’Connell ’77 graciously provided this opportunity.*Although this internship is unpaid, you can apply for funding from Middlebury at go/summerfunding.

2. Publishing Intern at Carolyn Jenks Literary Agency in Cambridge, MA

Deadline to Apply: April 23

This is an awesome opportunity to gain valuable knowledge about the inner workings of the publishing industry! Interns will be exposed to all aspects of the business, including manuscript evaluation, literary critiquing, client relations, book development, and marketing. Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to, taking part in agency meetings, assisting in reading and evaluating submissions, and maintaining agency databases. *Although this internship is unpaid, you can apply for funding from Middlebury at go/summerfunding.

3. Writer/Photographer Intern at MySecretVt.Com in Lyndon, VT

Deadline to Apply: April 23

Interested in journalism or photography? MySecretVT.com seeks interns to write about unique and special places in Vermont. Writers are assigned to provide two 100-word write-ups per week and may also apprentice with a blogger in subject areas including food, fashion, music, and health. The website also seeks interns to photograph the places that will be featured on the website. *Although this internship is unpaid, you can apply for funding from Middlebury at go/summerfunding.

4. Paid Social Media Intern at Dentsu America in NYC

Deadline to Apply: April 23

Dentsu America guarantees that you will learn everything there is to know about social media marketing at this internship. As an intern, you will create content—you will tweet, post, spend all day on facebook. An exciting and fun opportunity, this position will provide hands-on practice and learning about social media and the new means of online communication.