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Winter Term Internship Spotlight: Oratory Now (Apps due 11/15)

Oratory Now is a student-centered initiative to reinvent the way oral expression is taught, practiced, and recognized at Middlebury College. Taking place both inside and outside the classroom, the multifaceted program consists of experienced peer tutors who help students develop their public-speaking skills—ultimately helping to shape a college-wide oratory program.  

The internship does not require any prior public speaking ability, though there will be opportunities to develop public speaking skills if the intern so chooses.

This internship will give a Middlebury student the opportunity to explore a range of professional skill building that could include event production, promotion and management, advertising/PR/marketing, video and assessment analytics, coach-training curriculum development and more. The Oratory Now Winter Term Intern will work on-campus and assignments may include a combination of the following:

  • Planning and managing the Commons Championship speaking competitions with 5-10 nominated contestants in each of the 5 Commons: Atwater, Brainerd, Wonnacott, Cook and Ross
  • Coordination with residence hall staff to confirm space, equipment, food and beverage, etc
  • Raise awareness of events through social media, postering and other creative strategies
  • Contribute to the continued development of the Oratory Now coach training curriculum through analysis of videos, self-assessment results and other metrics
  • Raise general awareness of Oratory Now programs and services among Students, Faculty and the greater campus community through ad hoc projects that leverage and develop the intern’s personal interests and professional skills

For a full list of qualifications, as well as additional details on the internship description, click here. Application deadline: Wednesday, November 15th (apply in Handshake).

5 Tips on Preparing for Technical Interviews as a Middlebury Student

Looking for jobs as a software engineer can be tough, especially because of technical interviews. Technical interviews for software engineering jobs are interviews where you’re asked coding questions, questions about your past projects, or Computer Science theory. These interviews might include a range of questions including examples like “Tell me a little bit about this project you did” to “Implement a LRU cache” and it can be really hard to come up with an answer on the spot. Throughout my time at Middlebury, I’ve pursued numerous technical internships and have been on my fair share of interviews – some that went well and some that didn’t. Here are five tips that I’ve found to be helpful when it comes to preparing for these interviews:

  • Practice with a friend: I can’t stress this enough. You might be a great programmer, but explaining your code to others can be tough. Practicing with a friend helps put your thought process into words and get better at explaining your code so that when you explain it during an interview, you’ve already had some practice.
  • Try different resources: Personally, I’ve found “Cracking the Coding Interview” to be really overwhelming. If a book of that size makes you anxious, try resources like Leetcode or Hackerrank. A good thing about these websites is that they check the correctness of the code and let you know if you’ve passed all the edge-cases. These websites are also a good way of getting some coding practice when you have a few minutes to kill before your Proctor date or that Coltrane party.
  • Don’t over-practice: Studying for coding interviews is great, but don’t let them stress you out. These interview questions can actually be really fun (like solving puzzles), but you’ll start to get negative associations with them if you stress too much. Rather, do these questions on your free time and treat them like solving a crossword puzzle.
  • Don’t memorize: Sometimes you might know what questions you’re going to be asked in an interview, if you’ve gone thorough research on sites such as Glassdoor. Although it might be tempting to memorize the answer to these technical questions, it is best to just think about how you would solve them rather than memorizing every line of code. Interviewers are trying to look at your thought process during these interviews, and memorizing the answers to these questions and spewing the them out during an interview doesn’t show your thought process. Moreover, if you memorize the answers and not understand them, you’ll get confused if the interviewer presents you a slightly modified question.
  • Learn how to use different data structures: At Middlebury, CS201 teaches you all you need to know about the most important data structures out there, but you might not have coded using those data structures at all. Learn how to use/implement these data structures in your preferred language so that you’re well versed with them before your technical interviews.

If you need help on technical interviews, resumes or cover letters, my Peer Career Advisor hours are Mondays 7pm – 9pm on the 3rd floor Mezzanine of Bi Hall and Tuesdays 12:30pm – 2:30pm in the CCI.

Aayam Poudel ’18 is a Peer Career Advisor at the CCI and is a Computer Science major and Math minor. In his role, he helps students develop resumes and cover letters, prepare for interviews, and access helpful job and internship search resources such as Handshake.

Apply Now for MiddCORE Summer 2018. Show the world—and yourself—what your education and passions can do!

Transformative. Life Altering. That’s how your peers describe Middlebury’s MiddCORE: a mentor-driven, experiential learning program that offers students many opportunities:

  • Develop foundational skills in leadership, innovation, and collaboration—essential to today’s ever-changing work environments
  • Cultivate solutions to real-world problems
  • Learn from mentors—leaders in business, government, and nonprofits
  • Establish a lifelong network of mentors and peers

MiddCORE summer is a residential program held at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, June 30–July 28, 2018

Apply Now and Save $500.
Early Decision I: November 15, 2017

Accepted students save $500. Space is limited to 50 students.


Winter Term Internship Highlight: Sustainability Solutions Lab Internship (Deadline 11/8)

The Sustainability Solutions Lab (SSL), a new program developed by the Office of Sustainability Integration (OSI), will support students in designing and applying solutions to campus sustainability challenges. Its purpose is to create change that has positive impacts socially, environmentally, and economically. The OSI is offering up to 16 internship positions for Winter Term in which teams of students will work to develop a detailed plan for how the college can transform its energy system to be 100% renewable, highly efficient and to produce as much of its own energy as possible. This plan will form the basis for the College’s next big steps going beyond carbon neutrality.

To prepare students to take on this task, the SSL winter term internships will include training and workshops about: Problem definition, Design thinking, Systems mapping, Project management, Communication, How Middlebury works: Decision-making, Process, Stakeholders, Access to resources, and more.

Interns will become familiar with the current energy system in Vermont and on the Middlebury campus; establish a baseline of current efficiency and energy status; map out campus energy systems and subsystems;manipulate historical campus data for energy usage and carbon emissions; examine the Vermont Energy Plan and relevance to future campus energy planning; assess attitudes and behaviors toward energy usage on campus; explore existing and emerging energy technologies for their relevance to a net zero energy campus;refine the framework for moving toward a net zero energy campus developed by the Environmental Council and create a portfolio of projects that would move Middlebury closer to becoming a net zero energy campus including an assessment of the social, environmental, and economic costs and benefits of possible projects.

Deadline to apply for this internship: November 8
All students applying for the Sustainability Solutions Lab must register for an alternate Winter Term class during Winter Term registration in case you are not selected.

Intern Supervisor: Jack Byrne, Director of Office of Sustainability Integration
Academic Advisor: Steve Trombulak, Prof of Environmental & Biosphere Studies; Director of Sciences

For the full internship description and to apply, login to Handshake!

Emails do matter!

Whether you are currently applying to jobs and internships, or will be in the next couple months, you are sure to be sending out a lot of emails. After all the work you’ll put into crafting strong resumes and letters, you want to be sure that your emails reflect this same professionalism. Emails do matter!

An email is one of your first impressions to a potential employer. It is your opportunity to show off your professionalism, your maturity, and your serious interest in the position. Emails give the employer some small insight into what it’s like to interact with you as a person. While proper email etiquette is not going to get you the job, improper etiquette will turnoff the employer and hurt your job chances.

When responding to employer emails, the old dating rule “wait three days” does not apply. You’re not trying to play it “cool” and avoid coming off as “desperate.” Slow responses signal to employers that you’re not that interested. They might not waste time waiting for your response when they have a pool of other qualified candidates. In addition, waiting for your answer might irritate an interviewer. Therefore, it’s good practice to respond to emails within 24 hours. Responding and saying that you were “really busy”, is not an excuse. The potential employer is busy too, and this excuse may make them question your ability to handle the workload at their company along with various responsibilities of the job. Use your quick response time to indicate to the employer that you consider this job a top priority.

When job and internship searching over email, using professional etiquette may encourage the potential employer to take you seriously and actually read the email. Use a professional email, not your account.  Address the individual by their appropriate title (Ms., Mr., Dr., etc), write a clear subject line, and use proper grammar. Be positive, polite, and concise, but be sure to include the relevant information. If it has not already been stated that the employer would like a cover letter and resume, ask for permission to include the documents with the email. Attach your cover letter and resume, each as their own PDF, and clearly labeled with your last name (Smith_Resume). Do not paste your cover letter into the body of the email. Last, absolutely NO emoticons, no matter how perfectly the “high-five” captures your feelings about the job.

Here’s an example of what your email should NOT look like:

Here’s an example of what it should look like:

Lastly, re-read your email before you send it!
For more information on how to write emails, check out this helpful article in the balance.

Caroline  Jaschke ’18 is a Peer Career Advisor at the CCI and a double majoring in English and Neuroscience. In her role, she helps students develop resumes and cover letters, prepare for interviews, and access helpful job and internship search resources such as Handshake.


How to Find a Winter Term Internship and Get Credit for It – 10/4 @ 4:30pm

Learn about how to find a Winter Term internship and the steps for applying for credit. We will also discuss new Winter Term internship funding grants (a limited number of grants are available).

For more info, please visit go/WTinternships or contact Cheryl Whitney Lower at Also, check out our step-by-step timeline for applying for WT credit.

Wondering what to do with a Geography major?

If you are already a geography major or thinking about declaring, come join a conversation with six (6) Middlebury alumni who are  coming to campus to talk to you about how they used their Geography major in pursuit of their current careers.  This “Field Guide for Geography Majors” on Thursday-Friday, September 28-29 is an opportunity for you to ask questions and hear about how their experiences both on and off campus have helped them elevate their skills towards purposeful work and meaningful decisions along their trajectories.

What did they do at Middlebury and what are they doing now? Find out at these events: go/fieldguide or You can RSVP on Handshake for the Thursday, September 28, 2017 Alumni Panel @ 5:00 p.m. and the Alumni Networking Dinner@ 6:15 p.m. (both at Atwater Dining Hall), and you can also sign up for 1:1 appointments with the alumni on Friday morning September 29. The event site has the alumni bios–a diverse array of speakers with interesting backgrounds.