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Women’s Business Leadership Conference

No matter which major you’ve chosen, you’ll need business skills—from simply running a meeting to managing a budget. In this free one-day interactive College to Business Leadership Conference, you’ll explore a multitude of business careers, build leadership skills, and expand your network.  Designed for first years, sophomores and juniors, the Forté College to Business Leadership Conference introduces you to women business leaders from top companies that offer summer internships and entry-level opportunities for college grads. Get a jump-start on your career by strengthening your resumé with us.

Washington, DC
April 6, 2018
Hosted by:
The PNC Financial Services Group

Chicago, IL
April 13, 2018
Hosted by:
J.P. Morgan

First years, sophomore and junior women from diverse academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  Admission is free. Attendees must submit a resume and complete an application form.  Travel stipends (up to $300) are available for eligible participants. Event details >

Financial Institution Specialist Opportunity at the FDIC

The FDIC is one of the nation’s premier financial regulatory agencies. Its mission is to promote stability and public confidence in the U.S. financial system, and its employees have an opportunity to pursue meaningful public service careers that have a direct impact on consumers and depositors throughout the U.S. by overseeing banks to ensure that they operate in a safe and sound manner and comply with consumer protection, fair lending, and other laws and regulations; insuring customer deposits in FDIC-insured banks; and serving as receiver for insured banks that fail.

The FDIC has been recognized for several years as the top-ranked medium-sized Federal government agency because of the importance of its mission and its outstanding pay and benefits, employee training and development opportunities, commitment to diversity, and work-life balance. It hires 120-150 new and recent college graduates each year into its selective four-year Corporate Employee Program (CEP) and trains them to be commissioned bank examiners and resolutions and receivership specialists. Those who are successful have continuing opportunities for growth and development throughout their careers with the FDIC.

This is an entry level trainee position with the FDIC, one of the nation’s premier bank regulatory agencies. Financial Institution Specialist (FIS) positions are located at 85 FDIC office locations throughout the U.S. Successful applicants are placed in a 34 year training program leading to professional certification as a commissioned Financial Institution Examiner or Resolutions and Receivership Specialist. The program includes both formal classroom and on-the-job training, and every participant is assigned an individual coach or mentor. Participants receive regular grade and pay increases during the program as they complete established training benchmarks.

During the first year of the program, participants perform rotational assignments to become familiar with the Corporation’s major business functions. They are then placed in one of three disciplines to complete the requirements for a commission: (1) Risk Management (to evaluate the financial condition of insured institutions); (2) Compliance/Consumer Protection (to ensure compliance with fair lending, consumer protection, and community reinvestment statutes and regulations); or (3) Resolutions/Receivership Management (to oversee the closure of failed financial institutions and management of the ensuing receiverships).

Check out the full posting here and apply here:

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Stanford Graduate School of Business Research Fellows Program

Are you interested in research and an academic career? The Stanford Graduate School of Business Research Fellows Program  (a pre-doctoral fellowship program) offers rigorous training in research and academics.

The GSB Research Fellows Program* is a two year, pre-doctoral fellowship program that offers valuable research and academic training for those interested in pursuing PhD programs in business and related fields. Fellows have the opportunity to do research with GSB Faculty and take doctoral-level courses. The application deadline for the 2018 cohort is March 1, 2018. Learn more about the program by viewing this video. Be sure to send us your email for an invite to an informational webinar about the Research Fellows Program in February.  *Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. registered permanent resident.

One of the program’s current fellows is Alex Coblin ’13!  See his profile below.

Alex Coblin

Alex Colbin

Fields of Interest

Political Economy, Applied Microeconomics, Development Economics

I graduated from Middlebury College in 2013 with a B.A. in Chinese and Political Science. Before coming to Stanford, I worked as a senior research associate for three years at the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank in Washington D.C., primarily researching international political economy topics. I am currently interested in exploring questions related to the impact that political and economic institutions have on economic development, and analysis of policies that improve economic growth and social welfare.

Current Projects

I am currently working with David Broockman on a project that explores the impact that the Voting Rights Act had on Southern Politics. I am also working with Ali Yurukoglu on a project that models the supply of cable news to understand the effect of election coverage during the 2012 presidential campaign.

Accelerator Program for Consulting and Financial Services

ModernGuild (MG) offers college students intensive, online, 4-week Accelerators incorporating 1-on-1 coaching sessions, rapid skill-acquisition exercises, and networking opportunities with industry experts – all at no cost whatsoever to students. All those who successfully complete the Accelerator will be guaranteed interviews with one of our company partners, including Barclays, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, JPMorgan Chase, and Morgan Stanley.

When: The Priority Application Deadline is February 8th and our Final Application Deadline is March 1st for Summer 2018 Accelerators. Sponsorship decisions will be announced beginning on April 15th and all Accelerators will run between May and July. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply early!

Where: The Accelerator is conducted entirely online via ModernGuild’s internal platform. Students can participate anytime, from anywhere, provided they pre-arrange meeting times with their personal Career Coach and have reliable access to the internet. They should expect to commit approximately 5 hours/week to complete their coaching sessions, prep exercises, and company-hosted workshops.

Who: ModernGuild is committed to supporting students from diverse backgrounds (e.g., women, underrepresented minorities, veterans, LGBTQ); however, any student with an interest in consulting or finance is invited to apply.

Why: We are working to solve one of the greatest challenges facing college students today: bridging the gap between what one learns in school and what one needs to know in order to land competitive jobs and internships. Our graduates emerge with a vibrant network of peers and mentors, an expansive understanding of their industry of choice, and the skills and confidence needed to conquer it.

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Resume Writing for Finance, Consulting, and Business

Are you a searching for a summer internship or job in finance, consulting, or business? This resume workshop is for those want to improve the odds for landing interviews with leading firms and companies. If you have a draft of your resume, please bring it to this session.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

4:15 p.m.

Axinn 219

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Recruiting Season News

2018 – 2019 Recruiting Process: What should you do now?

As a first year or sophomore starting the recruiting process, the best place to start is learning as much about a firm and the available programs as you can prior to applying and interviewing. To help you navigate through the process, BAML hosts on-campus events at select core schools, webcast sessions for schools across the nation, hosts an Insight Week (see below!) and connects you to their business leaders to build your network.

Winter Webcast Series

This webcast series, designed to educate you on all that Bank of America Merrill Lynch has to offer and help you define your interests. Below is a menu of the upcoming presentations and information so you can find the best fit for you. In each webcast, an overview of the line of business and program, tips for interviewing, and time to answer your questions will be provided. Further information on the event and joining details will be provided upon registration. Click links below to secure your spot today!

Bank of America: What do we offer? Register Here
Wednesday, January 17, 2018; 6:00 – 6:45pm

Insight Week: How to Best Prepare*Register Here
Tuesday, January 23, 2018; 12:00 – 12:45pm

Recruiting 101: How to succeed at Bank of AmericaRegister Here
Thursday, January 25, 2018; 6:00 – 6:45pm

Global Corporate and Investment Banking 101Register Here
Tuesday, January 30, 2018; 6:00 – 6:45pm

Global Markets 101Register Here
Tuesday, February 06, 2018; 5:30 – 6:30pm

Insight Week

In April of 2018 the BAML campus recruiting team will host the fourth annual Insight Week, a one-and a half day professional development opportunity targeted at women and underrepresented freshmen and sophomores interested in firm-wide career opportunities. If you’re selected, BAML will bring you to their Charlotte or New York office. You will have the opportunity to meet with senior business leaders from across the firm, conduct mock interviews, attend resume workshops, take part in professional growth activities, and begin to build your network of contacts at BAML. The deadline to apply to Insight Week is February 7.

Visit BAML’s website to learn more about these great programs:

Application Timeline

BAML will host an on-campus information session at Middlebury. Stay tuned for more information on the date this spring.  Applications for all 2019 summer internship programs are expected to open early summer and all students are required to apply on BAML’s Campus Careers Website, Additional information will follow regarding specific application open dates and deadlines. As a reminder, last year GBAM introduced first round video interviews as part of the assessment process for all undergraduate candidates, and this will continue to be part of the process into next season.

January – February

  • Bank of America webcast series kick-off! (Schedule below)
  • Insight week applications open

February – March

  • On-campus presentations and networking events begin

March – April

  • Insight week 2018
  • Find a mentor – ask your campus recruiter for help!
  • Continue to stay engaged with events and school teams

Tips From BAML

  • Use our webcast series to educate yourself on our firm and opportunities.
  • Use in-person events to make connections with our teams.
  • Build genuine relationships with professionals in the industry.
  • Gather information about the company roles/opportunities.
  • Perfect your resume to be a reflection of yourself – highlight relevant experiences.
  • Ask your career advisor for help –peer career advisors, resume workshops, mock interviews, etc.

For further inquiries, please schedule an appointment via Handshake with finance careers advisor Ursula Olender or connect to BAML’s website.


Middlebury Women’s Leadership Symposium

The Center for Careers and Internships is delighted to serve as a co-sponsor for the upcoming Middlebury Women’s Leadership Symposium.

More information is available at

Schedule of Events

Thursday January 18, 2018

4:00pm – 6:00pm Conflict Mediation Workshop with President Laurie Patton (in Hillcrest)

Have you ever felt ‘stuck’ in a difficult situation? Do tough conversations give you anxiety? Negotiations don’t have to cause stress. Come hear from the President of Middlebury College, an expert in national and international conflict mediation. In the past, she has trained students at Emory University and Duke University. Don’t miss the chance to learn from her at Middlebury.

Friday January 19, 2018

12:00pm – 1:30pm Lean In Discussion (in Hillcrest)

Join female students, faculty/staff, townspeople, and alumnae in a College-wide discussion on the role of women in 2018. Modeled after a “Lean In Circle,” we will discuss whether women need to lean in to the workplace or if opting out is a better solution for today’s feminists. We invite women from all generations and backgrounds to join this conversation so that we may have a range of perspectives – networking encouraged too! Light refreshments will be provided.

5:00pm – 6:30pm Keynote by Nancy Gibbs (in Wilson Hall)

Nancy Gibbs is the most recent Editor in Chief of TIME Magazine. She was the first woman to hold the position, and has written more cover stories for TIME than any other writer. In the last year at TIME, Ms. Gibbs started a project called the FIRSTS project, which features women who have changed the world by being the first females to receive notoriety in their field. She interviewed women such as Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, Sheryl Sandberg, and Aretha Franklin – among others. She has co-written two best-selling presidential histories, and she oversaw the domestic, international and tablet editions of TIME. Gibbs graduated from Yale summa cum laude, with honors in history, and has a degree in politics and philosophy from Oxford, where she was a Marshall scholar.

Please join the community for a dialogue between Middlebury Women Leaders President, Erin Van Gessel ’17.5, and Ms. Gibbs, followed by Q&A with the audience. Ms. Gibbs will speak about her career and discuss what it takes to get ahead as a woman in the workplace.

Saturday January 20, 2018

4:00pm-5:00pm Women’s Rights Discussion with Abenaki Women (in Hillcrest)

Join Middlebury Women Leaders for a discussion of women’s rights with women from the local Nulhegan Abenaki Native American tribe. Our hope is to host a conversation that compares and contrasts Western feminism with other traditions of feminism. We will explore differences in matriarchal vs patriarchal traditions with our Abenaki guests.

8:00pm-9:30pm She Should Walk Fashion Show (in Wilson Hall)

Today, only 20% of seats in U.S. Congress are held by women. That ranks the United States as101st on the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)’s list of female representation in legislatures around the world. Organizations like She Should Run are trying to change that. She Should Run is a non-partisan 501(c)3 based in Washington, DC that recruits and trains women to run for political office. Since the 2016 election, more than 15,000 women have contacted She Should Run interested in entering government.

Please join Middlebury Women Leaders and the College community at our “She Should Walk” Fashion Show, where we will fund raise for She Should Run before the 2018 midterm elections. Cheer on our female students who walk the catwalk in outfits from Middlebury’s female student-run business, Share to Wear. The event will also feature appearances and statements from local female politicians, in addition to young women in the Middlebury community.

There is no charge to attend the event, but we will be accepting suggested donations and facilitating the sale of She Should Run gifts and apparel.